The UN Admits That The Paris Climate Deal Was A Fraud

Trump moves to de-fang the global warming science racket with ‘climate review panel’ led by Princeton physicist who believes ‘The ‘demonization of carbon dioxide’ is like ‘the poor Jews under Hitler’
  • President Donald Trump and his administration are planning an attack on the science upon which climate change policy rests 
  • The administration’s new climate review panel is led by a Princeton physicist famous for defending the use of carbon dioxide 
  • The demonization of carbon dioxide is just like the demonization of the poor Jews under Hitler,’ said William Happer 
  • Some officials have warned this could be seen as an attack on science
  • But Trump is said to be unpersuaded by this argument
  • The president has publicly expressed skepticism of global warming 

President Donald Trump and his administration are planning an attack on the science upon which climate change policy rests, it was revealed on Tuesday.

Leading the charge will be the administration’s new climate review panel led by a 79-year-old Princeton physicist who has become famous for defending the use of carbon dioxide – even comparing its demonization to the treatment of Jews under German dictator Adolf Hitler.

‘The demonization of carbon dioxide is just like the demonization of the poor Jews under Hitler,’ said William Happer, who serves on the National Security Council as the president’s deputy assistant for emerging technologies, to The New York Times.

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Global Hot Air: Here’s a United Nations climate report that environmentalists probably don’t want anybody to read. It says that even if every country abides by the grand promises they made last year in Paris to reduce greenhouse gases, the planet would still be “doomed.”

When President Obama hitched America to the Paris Accords in 2016, he declared that it was “the moment that we finally decided to save our planet.” And when Trump pulled out of the deal this year, he was berated by legions of environmentalists for killing it.

But it turns out that the Paris accord was little more than a sham that will do nothing to “save the planet.”

According to the latest annual UN report on the “emissions gap,” the Paris agreement will provide only a third of the cuts in greenhouse gas that environmentalists claim is needed to prevent catastrophic warming. If every country involved in those accords abides by their pledges between now and 2030 — which is a dubious proposition — temperatures will still rise by 3 degrees Celsius by 2100. The goal of the Paris agreement was to keep the global temperature increase to under 2 degrees.

Eric Solheim, head of the U.N. Environment Program, which produces the annual report, said this week that “One year after the Paris Agreement entered into force, we still find ourselves in a situation where we are not doing nearly enough to save hundreds of millions of people from a miserable future. Governments, the private sector and civil society must bridge this catastrophic climate gap.”

The report says unless global greenhouse gas emissions peak before 2020, the CO2 levels will be way above the goal set for 2030, which, it goes on, will make it “extremely unlikely that the goal of holding global warming to well below 2 degrees C can still be reached.”

Not to worry. The UN claims that closing this gap will be easy enough, if nations set their collective minds to it.

But this is a fantasy. The list of what would need to be done by 2020 — a little over two years from now — includes: Boosting renewable energy’s share to 30%. Pushing electric cars to 15% of new car sales, up from less than 1% today. Doubling mass transit use. Cutting air travel CO2 emissions by 20%. And coming up with $1 trillion for “climate action.”

Oh, and coal-fired power plants would have to be phased out worldwide, starting now.

According to the report, “phasing out coal consumption … is an indispensable condition for achieving international climate change targets.” That means putting a halt to any new coal plants while starting to phase out the ones currently in use.

Good luck with that. There are currently 273 gigawatts of coal capacity under construction around the world, and another 570 gigawatts in the pipeline, the UN says. That would represent a 42% increase in global energy production from coal. Does anyone really think developing countries who need coal as a cheap source of fuel to grow their economies will suddenly call it quits?

So, does this mean the planet is doomed? Hardly. As we have noted in this space many times, all those forecasts of global catastrophe are based on computer models that have been unreliable predictors of warming. And all of the horror stories assume the worst.

What the report does make clear, however, is that all the posturing by government leaders in Paris was just that. Posturing. None of these countries intended to take the drastic and economically catastrophic steps environmentalist claim are needed to prevent a climate change doomsday.  As such, Trump was right to stop pretending.

Whether you believe in climate change or not, the Paris climate accord amounted to nothing, or pretty close to it. Even the UN admits that now.

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Leading the charge is Princeton physicist William Happer, who serves on the National Security Council, and compared the demonization of carbon dioxide to the treatment of Jews under German dictator Adolf Hitler

Leading the charge is Princeton physicist William Happer, who serves on the National Security Council, and compared the demonization of carbon dioxide to the treatment of Jews under German dictator Adolf Hitler

Happer is backed by National Security Adviser John Bolton, who brought him on board and supports the new climate panel.

The two men are also backed by Robert and Rebekah Mercer, the ultra-conservative billionaire and his daughter who have funded efforts to debunk climate science.

But some administration officials – such as economic adviser Larry Kudlow – have advised the president not to follow Happer’s recommendations as it would be seen as an attack on science.

Former White House counselor Stephen Bannon, known for his far-right views, is even against it.

‘The very idea will start a holy war on cable before 2020,’ he told the newspaper. ‘Better to win now and introduce the study in the second inaugural address.’ 

But Trump is reported to be unpersuaded by their comments.

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National Security Adviser John Bolton
Economic adviser Larry Kudlow

Happer is backed by National Security Adviser John Bolton (left) although officials like White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow (right) have expressed skepticism of Happer

Happer and Bolton are backed by billionaire Robert Mercer and his daughter Rebeckah Mercer

Happer and Bolton are backed by billionaire Robert Mercer and his daughter Rebeckah Mercer

Additional steps the administration is taking include cutting back on reporting about the future effects of the rapidly warming planet.

James Reilly, the White House-appointed director of the United States Geological Survey, has ordered that scientific assessments produced by his office use only computer-generated climate models that project the impact of climate change through 2040, rather than through the end of the century, as had been done previously, the Times reported.

Scientists argue that is misleading because the biggest effects of climate change will be felt after 2040.

‘What we have here is a pretty blatant attempt to politicize the science – to push the science in a direction that’s consistent with their politics,’ said Philip Duffy, the president of the Woods Hole Research Center, to the Times.

‘It reminds me of the Soviet Union,’ he noted.

Trump has rolled back Obama-era climate regulations since he took office. He also withdrew the United States from the Paris Climate Accord.

And he’s personally show plenty of skepticism about global warming.

In January, as winter storms hit the Midwest, Trump tweeted: ‘Wouldn’t be bad to have a little of that good old fashioned Global Warming right now!’

And, a few days later, he tweeted: ‘What the hell is going on with Global Waming? Please come back fast, we need you!’

In March he tweeted a comment from a climate skeptic, Patrick Moore, who was identified by Fox News as a co-founder of Green Peace – although the organization said that is incorrect.

‘Patrick Moore, co-founder of Greenpeace: ‘The whole climate crisis is not only Fake News, it’s Fake Science. There is no climate crisis, there’s weather and climate all around the world, and in fact carbon dioxide is the main building block of all life.’ @foxandfriends Wow!,’ Trump tweeted on March 12.

As Trump and his administration have pushed their climate views, reports from his government have been used to debunk some of those claims.

It was reported earlier this year that the National Climate Assessment – a report produced of 13 government agencies – found the U.S. economy could lose hundreds of billions of dollars by the end of the century because of climate change.

That 2018 report also showcased the dire effects of climate change and warned they could get worse.

President Trump has publicly expressed skepticism of climate change

President Trump has publicly expressed skepticism of climate change

 

The National Climate Assessment report is now under target from the Trump administration.

The next report, which is expected to come out in 2021 or 20222, will not have the worst-case scenario projections that were automatically included in previous editions.

Trump has expressed skepticism about the report, telling The Washington Post in a November 2018 interview: ‘One of the problems that a lot of people like myself, we have very high levels of intelligence but we’re not necessarily such believers.’

‘As to whether or not it’s man-made and whether or not the effects that you’re talking about are there, I don’t see it,’ he added.

And White House press secretary Sarah Sanders told the Post of the report: ‘We think that this is the most extreme version and it’s not based on facts. It’s not data-driven. We’d like to see something that is more data-driven. It’s based on modeling, which is extremely hard to do when you’re talking about the climate. Again, our focus is on making sure we have the safest, cleanest air and water.’

The climate policy changes from the Trump administration come among a heated Democratic presidential primary contest where voters name climate change one of their top issues.

Jay Inslee

Beto O'Rourke

Climate change is a big issue in the Democratic presidential primary with Jay Inslee (left) and Beto O’Rourke (center) already offering plans and Joe Biden (right) promising one by the end of the month

Climate change is caused by increased levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere

Climate change is caused by increased levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere

Footage shows how global warming is changing the colour of the sea

A CNN poll in April found that 82 percent of registered voters who identified as Democrats or Democratic-leaning independents named climate change as a ‘very important’ priority in the primary contest.

Candidates are responding.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has offered a detailed climate change proposal as has Beto O’Rourke. Former Vice President Joe Biden is expected to announce his plan by the end of the month.

Climate change is caused by increased levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, which is the result of the burning of fossil fuels, which trap the planet’s heat.

Since the Industrial Revolution, the average temperature of Earth has increased by one degree Celsius.

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