The Paris COP21 farce is now entering its final act.
As predicted by Josh, stage 5 has now been reached, with some reports of deadlock between developed and developing nations. The next stage of the corny melodrama will be the long, agonising extension of the deadlines, followed at last by the triumphant announcement that the planet has been saved from certain doom.
A draft statement has been produced, full of self-righteous rhetoric, phrases such as “Recognizing the intrinsic relationship between climate change, poverty eradication and equitable access to sustainable development,” and “Noting the needs and integrity of terrestrial ecosystems, oceans and Mother Earth,” but nothing of any substance seems to have been agreed.
The BBC’s Cardinal Harrabin was on form this morning on the Today programme, surpassing himself with delusional exaggeration, starting with “Negotiators here are in effect discussing the shape of a new world order” and ending with the declaration that “Delegates have 36 hours to start re-shaping the way the world sees itself”. Sadly for Roger, someone at BBC News clearly doesn’t agree with him about the earth-shattering nature of his news story, as it was placed well down the order.
A little later in the programme, Harrabin said “What we’re trying to do in Paris, the delegates are trying to do, is to codify the shape of a changing world”. A bit of a slip, but it removes any doubt over whether he’s a serious professional journalist or an agenda-promoting activist.
This was an introduction to a fawning interview with the President of Kiribati, discussed at Bishop Hill. As with a previous BBC piece, the misleading impression was given that the islands are about to disappear under the sea – despite the fact that an earlier BBC article reported the opposite, that many Pacific islands are growing rather than shrinking.
Donna Laframboise is in Paris and reports on COP21’s Green Gibberish. Do read her post, and see whether you can tell the difference between the devout witterings of Elle magazine, the Air France COP21 magazine, and the equally profound statements generated by the New Age Bullshit Generator.
There is much talk of meaningless targets. Just a few weeks ago, the theme was that the 2C meaningless target was unachievable. So the great new idea is to come up with an even more meaningless and unachievable target of 1.5C. The Canutery here reminds me of Geoff’s Silly Cnut post. As discussed earlier, it’s all about virtue-signalling. See Blair King’s excellent post on A case against the empty symbolism of the 1.5C climate change goal.
I’ll leave the final words to Peter Cook: “The war’s not going very well you know … we need a futile gesture at this stage”.