Tag Archives: European Union

Remind me again why the west needs a carbon tax?

Man-made CO2 emissions 1965 -2012 Guest Essay by Ed Hoskins The following calculations and graphics are based on information on worldwide national CO2 emission levels published by BP [i] in June 2013 for the period from 1965 up until 2012. … Continue reading

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Yes, but weren’t climate pledge goals always out of reach?

From the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis Continuing with pledge pathways to 2030 could push climate goals out of reach Current pledges for greenhouse gas emission reductions are inadequate and will further increase the challenge to reach internationally agreed … Continue reading

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China’s “Emission Cuts” Not What They Seem

By Paul Homewood http://europe.chinadaily.com.cn/business/2013-11/21/content_17120968.htm “and make sure that the commitment of reducing CO2 emission per unit of GDP by 40-45% by 2020 from 2005 level is fulfilled” We often hear claims that China are moving much faster than the West … Continue reading

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Newsbytes: The ‘Climate Reparations Game’ – Poor Countries Walk Out Of UN Climate Summit

The Price Of Climate Hysteria West Faces Liability Claims For Extreme Weather Disasters Representatives of most of the world’s poor countries have walked out of increasingly fractious climate negotiations after the EU, Australia, the US and other developed countries insisted … Continue reading

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Quote of the week- the recasting of the argument begins

Every once in awhile a window opens and shows us the dark, illogical souls of the bureaucrats in the climate cabal. This is one of those times.

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IPCC AR5 Renews Demands For Governments Buy Their Climate Change Pig In A Poke

Guest essay by Dr. Tim Ball Buying “a pig in a poke” refers to buying an unseen piglet in a sack. The piglet was actually a cat, so when you opened the sack after purchase “the cat was out of … Continue reading

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Law of Unintended Consequences Number Eleventy-Zillion

By charles the moderator We missed this story in May, but in order to replace the use of coal in the UK, power stations are being refitted to burn wood chips.  But the UK doesn’t have enough forests to supply … Continue reading

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‘Free market’ carbon trading solution to climate change?

From the University of Edinburgh Free market is best way to combat climate change, study suggests The best way to reduce carbon emissions and combat climate change is through the use of market forces, according to a new study. Researchers … Continue reading

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It’s Official: We Are All Climate Sceptics Now

From the GWPF and Dr. Benny Peiser Tim Yeo: We Are All Climate Sceptics Now Humans May Not Be Responsible For Global Warming Says Committee Chairman Humans may not be responsible for global warming, the MP who oversees government policy … Continue reading

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NewsBytes – EU-Turn: Europe May Roll Back Costly Green Agenda

From The GWPF and Dr. Benny Peiser Will Shale Revolution Trigger A New World Order? EU leaders will grapple with controversial issues including shale gas development and climate change mitigation at an energy summit on 22 May, documents obtained by … Continue reading

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Newsbytes: Climate Sceptics Win Rocks Britain’s Political Landscape

From the GWPF and Dr. Benny Peiser Green Lobby Concerned The UK Independence Party has overtaken the Liberal Democrats as the third party of British politics, Nigel Farage declared today as he made major gains in local elections. As senior … Continue reading

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Lords a leapin

Guest post by Mike Jonas From the UK’s BBC comes this news item: Trillion-euro shortfall facing EU energy sector – Lords Committee Under the obligatory photo of chimneys spewing steam, is a totally uncritical article on the final report from … Continue reading

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EU Carbon Trading ‘death spiral’ continues

UPDATE: it’s worse than we thought, see below. Carbon has closed below $4 a ton in a new record low while Deutsche Bank bails From Reuters: Deutsche Bank quits carbon market: board member 31 Jan 2013 12:42 Last updated: 31 … Continue reading

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The disparity of carbon dioxide emissions vividly illustrated by competing news stories

I noted this juxtaposing today, and thought I would share it. First this story from Reuters today: EU capped emissions fall below expectations * Carbon prices drop to record low * Power sector down 3.1 pct, others off by 0.5 … Continue reading

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EU carbon sinks to new record low – loses nearly 40% of value in January

From the told ya so department, after a small dead cat bounce yesterday due to an auction, traders are unloading today. Yesterday’s closing price was 5.02, today it is 4.64. That’s a value loss of 8% in a single day. … Continue reading

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Oh that’s gonna leave a mark – EU carbon trading ‘worthless’

From the I’ve been telling you so for some time now department comes this headline from Bloomberg. And it is getting desperate in the carbon market. Readers may recall last week I reported two new record lows on the EU … Continue reading

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End times for carbon trading

Readers may recall this story this past week at WUWT: European Carbon Trading Hits Another Record Low. It was a short lived record, beaten again the very next day. Today, from Reuters Point Carbon, a view of the end times … Continue reading

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European Carbon Trading Hits Another Record Low

Sluggish German economy forces EU carbon to record low 17 Jan 2013 17:26 Last updated: 17 Jan 2013 21:32 LONDON, Jan 17 (Reuters Point Carbon) – EU carbon prices hit a fresh record low on Thursday as poor economic data … Continue reading

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Is green energy a fad that has run its course?

So, How’s Your Green Energy Stock Doing? Guest post By Steve Goreham Originally published in The Washington Times Is green energy a fad that has run its course? The investment community seems to think so. RENIXX® World, the Renewable Energy … Continue reading

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On losing the 2°C battle

We’ve already posted on how China is moving right along now as the big kahuna of CO2 emissions, now it seems there’s some despair over the inability to miss the imagined 2°C target set by wishful thinkers. From CSIRO: The … Continue reading

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Record high for global carbon emissions – China is the leader

From the University of East Anglia  home of Climatgate and Phil Jones. Fortunately, we already covered this at WUWT graphically as shown below: This graph and subsequent story shows just how well the Kyoto protocol has succeeded, which is to … Continue reading

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EU aircraft carbon emissions tax crashes and burns

From the BBC comes this bit of good news: EU suspends aircraft emissions trading rules The European Union has agreed to suspend its rules that require airlines flying to and from airports in the EU to pay for their carbon … Continue reading

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An ill wind blows from wind turbines

Newsbytes from the GWPF, Lies, Damn Lies And Green Statistics Almost all predictions about the expansion and cost of German wind turbines and solar panels have turned out to be wrong – at least by a factor of two, sometimes … Continue reading

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Newsbytes: EU Energy Commissioner Warns Against New Climate Targets

Seems like sanity has infected the EU Energy commissioner. A collection of news stories from Dr. Benny Peiser at The GWPF: I strongly advise against more stringent climate targets after 2020. — Günther Oettinger, EU Energy Commissioner, Financial Times Deutschland, … Continue reading

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Scientific peer review and publishing taking a turn for the better

A number of people have brought this recent article in the Economist to my attention. Some excerpts:

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Per capita CO2 emissions in China reach European levels

From the European Commission Joint Research Centre Global CO2 emissions continue to increase Global emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) – the main cause of global warming – increased by 3% last year, reaching an all-time high of 34 billion tonnes … Continue reading

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USA CO2 emissions fall 7.7%

From vancouverobserver.com. Every year the International Energy Agency (IEA) calculates humanity’s CO2 pollution from burning fossil fuels. And once again, the overall story line is one of ever-increasing emissions: “Global carbon-dioxide emissions from fossil-fuel combustion reached a record high of … Continue reading

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Green energy companies off the government teat in Spain, take off

Spain Ejects Green Energy Lobby by Alex Morales and Ben Sills, Bloomberg Spanish renewable-energy companies that once got Europe’s biggest subsidies are deserting the nation after the government shut off aid, pushing project developers and equipment-makers to work abroad or … Continue reading

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EU violates Aarhus Convention in ‘20% renewable energy by 2020’ program

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   UN: EU violates Aarhus Convention   The Compliance Committee of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), which enforces the Aarhus Convention to which the EU is a party, has issued draft findings and … Continue reading

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Newsbytes – the SREx feeding frenzy

From the GWPF, news about the current media feeding frenzy on the IPCC SREx report. Even Revkin in a Tweet (via Tom Nelson) thinks the coverage is “overheated”. Amid overheated coverage of IPCC climate extremes… [Revkin] Amid overheated coverage of … Continue reading

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Newsbytes: Anti-Green Rollback Begins in UK

From Dr. Benny Peiser at The GWPF The UK government wants nuclear power to be given parity with renewables in Europe, in a move that would significantly boost atomic energy in Britain but downgrade investment in renewable generation, according to … Continue reading

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Newsbytes: Climate Hysteria Threatens Global Carbon War

By Dr. Benny Peiser of the Global Warming Policy Foundation Russia is considering limits on European flights over Siberia as countries approve possible retaliatory measures against the European Union’s move to force airlines to pay for carbon emissions. “We intend … Continue reading

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Huhne is no loss

By Christopher Monckton of Brenchley Today’s resignation of Chris Huhne, the UK Minister for Climate Change, offers the prospect of a belated return to sanity at the former Ministry of Agriculture in Whitehall. Huhne now faces prosecution for an alleged … Continue reading

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There’s a reason the modern age moved on from windmills

In the UK, the CIVITAS group has just released an economic analysis of wind power. The scathing report confirms what we have been reporting for years here on WUWT: wind power is expensive, inefficient, does little or nothing to offset … Continue reading

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China Warns EU’s Green Fanatics Of Global Trade War

Via the GWPF, the great war of flying carbon credits appears to be massing on the border. China has warned the European Union to abandon its controversial carbon tax on airlines or risk provoking a global trade war. Adding weight … Continue reading

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