#COP21 – the ritual, Josh edition

From The GWPF:

Each year since 1995, the nations of the world have gathered to try to reach a global agreement on carbon dioxide emissions. These ‘Conferences of the Parties’, or COPs as they are usually termed, involve all of the members of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and take place towards the end of the year. This year will see the twenty-first COP take place in Paris. Over the years the COPs have developed a style all of their own. Indeed, some observers have even gone as far as to suggest that each year sees less and less by way of meaningful activity, and more and more liturgy and ritual. They may just have a point.


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November 30, 2015 9:55 am

Enjoyed it Josh.
But what exactly has been their “meaningful activity?”

Reply to  inMAGICn
November 30, 2015 1:49 pm

Keeps the economies of the hosting countries going for 3 days???

Reply to  asybot
November 30, 2015 8:54 pm

And that’s about it.

November 30, 2015 10:01 am

Can you imagine what that money could have done in reducing poverty. 20 years of Billions? Millions? of dollars. Damn, we could have bought a space ship and nudged the planet into a different orbit for that amount of money. Or taken all the people out of the slums and built them new cities with clean running water. Or built new electy producing plants in Africa, South America, Indonesia…everywhere. Instead our elected leaders spent it on partying??? And it was our money. I need to know. What is the price tag for one of these parties?

Alan Watt, Climate Denialist Level 7
Reply to  Eve
November 30, 2015 11:37 am

I don’t need to imagine; we have the recent example of the “Great Society” program under President Johnson. Spent billions and wiped poverty out completely, well almost completely. Just a little bit left over for succeeding presidents to spend more billions on. But poverty really is all gone, well almost. Except when it’s time to authorize a new and greater round of spending on poverty programs, then poverty is absolutely everywhere.
Actually, according to this report, in the 50 years since the Great Society was launched we’ve spent 22 trillion (2.2 X 10E13) in constant 2012 dollars, and made very little progress.
In 1964 the official US poverty rate was about 19%; in 2012 it was 15%. In the years in between it has dipped as low as 11%.
But amazingly, in the 15 years or so before Johnson declared War on Poverty, the official poverty rate dropped steadily from a high of 34%. The dropping trend was fairly constant from 1949 to 1970, since then it has basically fluctuated between 11% and 15%. The majority of poverty reduction occurred before the government got involved.
So if the history of the US government poverty program is any indication, the environment has a much better chance if we don’t spend any money to save it.

If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert,
in 5 years there’d be a shortage of sand.
Milton Friedman

Reply to  Alan Watt, Climate Denialist Level 7
November 30, 2015 1:45 pm

Ah, contraire, Alan–put the federal government in charge and in 5 years they’ll come up with enough sand to cover every continent. Tax something and you get less of it; subsidize something and you get way too much of it.

Patrick MJD
Reply to  Alan Watt, Climate Denialist Level 7
December 1, 2015 4:12 am

Cheese, meat, grain, fruit, vegetable mountains and milk lakes in the EU. Mostly gone to waste with millions starving.

Reply to  Alan Watt, Climate Denialist Level 7
December 1, 2015 6:19 am

In the US we define poverty as being a fixed percentage of the median income. By that definition, we will always have a percentage of people living in poverty, even if the poorest person in the country was living in a mansion.

Reply to  Alan Watt, Climate Denialist Level 7
December 2, 2015 10:55 pm

“even if the poorest person in the country was living in a mansion.”
except if everybody got the an identical mansion!

Patrick MJD
Reply to  Eve
November 30, 2015 10:10 pm

November 30, 2015 at 10:01 am
…leaders spent it on partying???”
Yup! I knew someone in Ethiopia who worked for a UN organisation (Or a charity I can’t recall exactly now but the point is it is funded by grants from the UN or donations from ordinary people like you and I) which spent almost all of the money it received on “parties”. Whiskey, food, trips, cars, bribes etc etc. You name it, it was spent on it and NOT on what the money was supposed to be spent on. She protested and resigned in disgust. An example of poor people in rich countries giving money to rich people in poor countries. I understand the practice still continues today.

Reply to  Patrick MJD
December 2, 2015 10:59 pm

I know someone who worked for the UN in Africa, to help with human right violation issues.
He is afraid of the responsibilities associated with choosing an enterprise to fix plumbing. He is afraid of children at school. He is afraid of … everything.

November 30, 2015 10:01 am

great Josh…still waiting for your take on the suspension of civil liberties while COP21 is in Paris

John Endicott
Reply to  fossilsage
November 30, 2015 10:49 am

Maybe a Darth Vader riff: “There will be no civil liberties to stop us this time!”

November 30, 2015 10:11 am

Thank you for this. The hilarious cartoons by Josh and the comments too – perfect summary. Marvellous. Made my morning.

Reply to  Douglas
November 30, 2015 11:26 am

I love the bunny ears on page 26 BTW, is 3 still a selfie?

November 30, 2015 10:12 am

Climate summit in Paris ?
Well, they kept that quiet !
(Excellent cartoon, Josh)

November 30, 2015 10:19 am

No, this time the sell out of the middle class will be complete.

November 30, 2015 10:21 am

The “global warming” hysteria’s root cause is utterly racist. We, heirs to the colonizing oppressors are afraid to loose our white privilege generally linked to the moderate climate of the “white man’s geographical belt”.
We have therefore to decidedly repudiate this sinful and noninclusive alarmism. If the mature beauty and profound wisdom of the proud cultures of the black man could develop so breathtakingly on higher temperatures, we, the whites should face the same challenge – it will be a just and fair competition.
The ludicrous offspring of this racist opprobrium, the “climate change” hoax is, on the other hand, an overtly reactionary thought. As it is a common knowledge that climate always changed and will always change, we have to seek for a ‘reason’ behind this ideology. And we found it: the “climate change” hoax instrumentalizes the reactionary – and in general the white man’s – fear of social change, because it will inevitably bring the demise of the perpetrator’s oppressive culture and society…..but the wheel of history cannot be reverted.

Reply to  Benkő Balázs
November 30, 2015 12:06 pm

If you really want racist environmentalism, talk about lion conservation. The movements to ban hunting of lions has huge negative impacts on Africans (loss of income from lion hunts, increased crime from poachers, increased predation of livestock, and increased predation on humans) and is entirely pushed by white Americans and Europeans.

Reply to  benofhouston
November 30, 2015 1:53 pm

@ benofhouston, + many, the ridiculous arguments they use are mind boggling!

Reply to  Benkő Balázs
December 1, 2015 6:21 am

Even BabbleFish couldn’t translate this.

November 30, 2015 10:29 am

United Nations is out of line with its charter:
By its charter United Nations were supposed to:
– To maintain international peace and security…
– To develop friendly relations among nations based on respect for the principle of equal rights and self-determination of peoples …
– To achieve international co-operation in solving international problems of an economic, social, cultural, or humanitarian character,
– To be a centre for harmonizing the actions of nations in the attainment of these common ends.
These are the priorities of the worlds population (Among those able to vote, aware of the query and inclined to vote) Action taken on climate change was dead last:
United Nations IPCC has itself become an international problem of an economical and cultural character.
The economic problem is evident from the vast amount of resources which are allocated to the climate scare – and thereby restricting available resources for relief of human suffering by known and real causes – within the charters of United Nations – in line with the priorities of the people.
The cultural problem is evident from the unscientific principles governing IPCC. IPCC is an undemocratic body based on unscientific principles. A body on which they have imposed a mission (§1), a principle to strive for consensus (§10) And a principle which in effect will diminish dissenting views: Principles governing the work by IPCC
United Nations has created a body, which by its unique position, by the resources allocated to it and by being uncontested by political counterparts must be regarded as an authoritative body. Hence – on might start to wonder if United Nations is also out of line with human rights.
The human rights states that:
“Article 21
3 The will of the people shall be the basis of the authority of government; this will shall be expressed in periodic and genuine elections”
Who voted?

Harry Passfield
November 30, 2015 10:33 am

I liked the idea that the COP resolutions were written on (what I guess were) the back of a stamp. A Penny Red? Priceless!

November 30, 2015 10:45 am

The French government today placed 24 environmental activists under house arrest, to prevent them from being heard during the attacks.

Mark from the Midwest
November 30, 2015 10:47 am

If you look at the agenda for COP21 it’s inconceivable that there will be any meaningful activity. The entire conference is geared toward the presentation of reports, and for making statements. Reports should have been read and commented on long before the conference, along with any substantive position statements. I think so many of these “world leaders,” (sic), don’t even know how to sit down and hammer out an agreement, all they know is “posturing.”

Reply to  Mark from the Midwest
November 30, 2015 11:30 am

“world leaders,”
Mark, you meant “word leaders”, no?

November 30, 2015 10:48 am

This is not a laughing matter.
What about the “more worse extremes”?

Reply to  indefatigablefrog
November 30, 2015 10:54 am

What about the extremes of global recession, global war, and global diversion of leadership?

Reply to  Resourceguy
November 30, 2015 11:54 am

Are you saying that these extremes are more worser? Or that they are more extremer? (sarc)
Now and again, I make the mistake of looking at alarmist websites and I come across these “it’s even worse than bad” sort of claims.
Surely they will eventually run out of combinations of superlatives and comparatives. Language is being stretched to breaking point.
And, yes, absolutely, the world faces far more pressing problems.
And also many great problems that can be easily solved through relatively small investment of money.
Compared to the money that is being wasted on a non-solution to a non existent problem.

Reply to  Resourceguy
November 30, 2015 1:05 pm

What leadership?
That clique is out to fleece the world’s taxpayers.

Reply to  Resourceguy
November 30, 2015 1:48 pm

Right now the world is $710 Trillion in debt, with a global GDP of roughly $70 Trillion. What’s the problem with that?

Reply to  Resourceguy
December 3, 2015 1:54 am

“Surely they will eventually run out of combinations of superlatives and comparatives.”
It’s the dreaded superlative peek.
Worse than we thought. Language is doomed.

Reply to  indefatigablefrog
November 30, 2015 12:22 pm

Given that the extreme events stated are not only hypothetical, but demonstratably wrong by current experience, I think we are fine. Stating both that there will be more extreme precipitation and more drought is internally contradictory, and the predictions of the IPCC models only support the first (with there being more water). There is no evidence of increased storms from current warming (tornados are flat, typhoons are flat, and hurricanes are actually down), so predictions of more extreme storms are not supportable be evidence.
As for the last, cold weather kills an order of magnitude more than hot weather. Hot weather can be adjusted for by drinking water and sitting in shade during the peak of the day. Cold weather can only be fought with coats and fuel.

Reply to  benofhouston
November 30, 2015 12:22 pm

Sorry, I just realized you were mocking the poor grammar. Please ignore my prior post.

Reply to  benofhouston
November 30, 2015 1:04 pm

I live in Somerset, UK.
It’s cold right now.
I just wear two pairs of woolly women’s leggings under my trousers.
And a big padded knitted and fleece jacket over my sweater.
Last month I had to replace our stove so we had no heating in October, at all. We were fine living at ambient outdoor temps, which at one point fell to 3 deg C.
The human body produces about 75 watts of heat (by recollection), insulation is all that it needs to prevent hypothermia.
We now have vast quantities of solar PV on rooftops, whilst many households are heated with electricity.
I often wonder whether the same net result could not have been achieved simply by buying everyone a pair of woolly leggings and an extra sweater.
Of course, nobody can suggest that other people should wear more clothes to save energy – because they will be accused of being a nazi.
Ironically,. since the Nazis sent millions of their citizens off into the harsh Russian winter with totally inadequate clothing.
But, I digress… 🙂

Robert of Ottawa
Reply to  benofhouston
November 30, 2015 2:58 pm

Mr. Indefatigable, you need a pair of Canadian Stanfields
We understand cold

Reply to  benofhouston
November 30, 2015 6:50 pm

Wear a union suit, with silk johns underneath.
Having been a mailman in my past, spending hours in weather of all kinds; a wool mix union suit alone will do well to keep you quite warm in the worst of weather, so long as you keep moving some.
The silk johns ramp up the comfort level quite a bit and add substantially to the warmth. Coolmax underwear comes close, but does not equal silk.
The Stanfield that you should look at:
Stay outside while wearing the Stanfield! You’ll find inside weather a little close after enjoying crisp outdoor weather..
The Duofold’s are quite comfortable but lack the wool power of the Stanfield. Indoor is much more comfortable, but you have to get used to being outdoors again. The Stanfield are much more the Lumberjack wear for ignoring the changes in weather.
I wore the Duofold and on the worst days I wore a Duofold with high percentage of wool. Which I don’t see listed anymore.

Crispin in Waterloo but really in Beijing
Reply to  benofhouston
December 1, 2015 5:15 am

Canada now has ‘Pook Wear’ which is so warm as to be uncomfortable on less-than-really-cold days. It is usually reversible to boot. Plus the guys who make it are as entertaining as the McKenzie Brothers, Bob and Doug.
Canadiana by Canadians
Josh, you’d get a kick out of these guys!

Reply to  benofhouston
December 1, 2015 6:24 am

” two pairs of woolly women’s leggings ”
Does the woolly woman want them back?

Reply to  indefatigablefrog
November 30, 2015 6:18 pm

According to the satellites, there is no increase in ‘average temperature’.
Nor is there any indication historically, that temperature change is not completely normal.
People suffer from temperature changes towards colder cycles; even a 2-3 degree drop is unpleasant.
Historically a period where the temperature increases by 2-3 degrees is called an optimum. People flourish.

Reply to  ATheoK
December 1, 2015 5:30 am

Well AtheoK, I’m willing to grant the fools the 0.5 degree C RSS warming since 1979, which they tout.
Ermagerd, let’s run around helplessly in terror (surely “in error”. ed).
0.5 degree C, if accepted, is
1. not outside of typical climate variability.
2. not sufficient to allow me to remove one pair of thermal leggings.
I was really hoping for a “one layer of clothing scale event”!!!
not in my lifetime though.
Not for 300years at the current rate.
Imagine my disappointment!! 🙂

Reply to  indefatigablefrog
December 1, 2015 3:36 am

Indefatiguable — Except that temperature records in my part of North America (49N to 82N) shows the shift in your bell curve going the opposite direction. It still results in a “higher average” temperature but not due to higher high temps but LESS COLD temps. Your graphic doesn’t work.
One “cherry picked” example (but one of many, many):
Aw heck – one more – 125 years from a single location 49.5N:

Reply to  Wayne Delbeke
December 1, 2015 5:11 am

Hi Wayne Delbeke, Apologies due. I should have made it quite clear that my interest in this replication of this now quite familiar shifted bell-curve, was purely based on the appearance of the grotesque assembly of words, “more worse extremes”.
As for the flaws in the graph itself – these are numerous and probably justify an entirely separate topic of discussion.
I’m pretty sure that such discussions have cropped up several times, just in the last year of my presence here on WUWT.
And even if the assumptions upon which the graph were based were shown to be wholly valid – it is almost always used with the intention of deceiving the unwary!!

November 30, 2015 10:53 am

Rather than simply mocking them, I’d rather see some reporting on what is happening. With all the pressure from Obama to save the world (in his name), something substantial may well arise out of this particular COP. I doubt it, but Obama has talked an awful lot of people into an awful lot of things, most of which have come out really badly.
My belief is that the selfishness of nations will result in an agreement so riddled with loop holes that no one is committed to anything, except those countries with both wealth and deluded leaders. I live in one of those and would sure like to hear from people who are attending or perhaps covering the event as to what is happening so far.

Reply to  davidmhoffer
November 30, 2015 11:01 am

This is why you need to keep combined tax rates at 50-60 percent and blunt any effort at reforms to reduce it. It takes a mountain of money to play these policy games while letting other priorities likes infrastructure drift off to delayed crisis. It’s really quite orderly and rational in their methods of misdirection while keeping the money flowing.

Reply to  davidmhoffer
November 30, 2015 11:08 am

Hard for outsiders to cover it due to the terrorism stuff.

Reply to  emsnews
November 30, 2015 12:49 pm

emsnews November 30, 2015 at 11:08 am
Hard for outsiders to cover it due to the terrorism stuff.

Oh, there is coverage. Here’s Canada’s Prime Minister insisting that indigenous people know how to take care of the earth. I guess he thinks we should all live in squalor on reserves as well.

Robert of Ottawa
Reply to  emsnews
November 30, 2015 2:44 pm

Mr. Hoffer,
Thank you not for that posting. I have been assiduously avoiding news reports today for precisely this reason. The Boy Wonder has been excelling himself on breathless rhetoric (he always speaks breathlessly, he must have been the absolute worstest part-time drama teacher).

Robert of Ottawa
Reply to  emsnews
November 30, 2015 2:48 pm

Also, David, this is a classic example of ignorance of reality; The Boy Trudeau is committing the “noble savage” fallacy, thank you very much Rousseau.
Rousseau, among others, were responsible for the Romantic movement, which ran counter to the Age of Reason and resulted in over two hundred years of failed socialist experiments.

Robert of Ottawa
Reply to  davidmhoffer
November 30, 2015 2:55 pm

The world does not take Obama seriously; it merely humors him.

Alan Watt, Climate Denialist Level 7
November 30, 2015 11:15 am

This isn’t a ritual, it’s a soap opera. Now in its exciting 21st season, with all brand-new characters and plots recycled from the last 20 seasons.
Loved it.

November 30, 2015 11:20 am

Meanwhile these people are picking out their beach side villas in difference to their rising oceans and hurricane meme. They will laugh about their exploits later and fall back on the usual excuse of “who could have known.”

November 30, 2015 11:36 am

Anyone who thought that the new leader of the opposition in the UK, Jeremy Corbyn was in the least bit sympathetic the the views of his brother Piers.

Only 3 MPs in the British Parliament voted against the climate change act, Jezza wasn’t one of them.

November 30, 2015 11:37 am

I am upset. All this hysteria is making my young daughter really afraid. Catastrophic stories on the French TV (on the news tonight: in 2100 Paris is almost like Mad Max, water and meat are becoming rare, and so on), at school as well (CO2 is toxic she was said, so she is wondering what happens when she breathes…)…

Reply to  kabend
November 30, 2015 1:24 pm

my daughter said – I might still be alive in 2100; I replied – so you will be around to tell them all they got it wrong!! Just teach kids to not take everything teachers say as gospel, it will serve them well in life……..

Reply to  kabend
November 30, 2015 1:27 pm

Every time she breathes out – an entire species of cute cuddly fluffy animals is lost forever.
Because – science.

Robert of Ottawa
Reply to  kabend
November 30, 2015 2:41 pm

Yes, the propaganda criminals should answer for their crimes, just like Goebbels did.

Reply to  kabend
November 30, 2015 5:58 pm

Remind her that every time she breathes out, it makes a flower happy.

Reply to  AndyJ
November 30, 2015 7:23 pm

I like that. That’s nice.

Reply to  AndyJ
December 1, 2015 3:30 am


Crispin in Waterloo but really in Beijing
Reply to  kabend
December 1, 2015 5:35 am

I gave a lecture to grad students at the China Agriculture University this afternoon on the subject of air pollution and the emissions from coal fired combustors. It included several references to the BBC’s hatchet job on the air quality in Beijing. No doubt all of you will be inundated by climate porn with Beijing as the central feature because there is a smog alert on right now. If BBC correspondents could find their way out of town they would find that places further north are 5 times worse.
The BBC has it that the PM2.5 pollution in Beijing is caused by CO2 emissions. I repeated that and we all looked outside at the high humidity, fog-filled campus to wonder how they were educated, these climate commentators. The subject of the lecture was how the air pollution problem is an engineering problem. BC, OC, PM2.5, POM, PAH, VOC, 16-PAH, 7-PAH and so on are all combustible fractions of emissions that went walkabout. Complete combustion produces water vapour, plant food and SO2. SO2 is something we can deal with.
The BBC’s plan to deal with air pollution is for people to fold up their factories and unfold their solar cookers. Thanks, BBC in London, you first.
It has been really cold, unusually cold, the past week and believe it or not, people refuse to sit in their houses and freeze to death. The COP can decide and tax as they like; China is going to build 60 nuclear power stations. Until then they are going to keep warm with coal and sell expensive windmills to the Europeans. They say it is a deal that works for them.

November 30, 2015 11:38 am

Some people who attended the first dozen or so COPs are now retired without having accomplished a thing…
…but man-oh-man! they sure enjoyed one heck of a ride on the party train and now have a posh retirement.
(After pondering that, anyone besides me feel like weeping?)

Stewart Pid
Reply to  H.R.
November 30, 2015 11:48 am

Party train = gravy train IMHO

D.J. Hawkins
Reply to  H.R.
November 30, 2015 2:49 pm

It makes me want to sight in my Lee-Enfield. Purely for target practice, of course.

Mumbles McGuirck
November 30, 2015 11:45 am

Shouldn’t there be a panel with a kabuki dance? This is all for show, docha know.

Robert of Ottawa
Reply to  Mumbles McGuirck
November 30, 2015 2:39 pm

Is the Brit Cameron going to say “Yes, but we must do it in an economically responsible manner”?
I doubt it, the G&Ts will be flowing and everyone will wax loquacious about SAVING THE PLANET FOR THE CHILDREN!

John in Oz
November 30, 2015 11:55 am

If the reduction of greenhouse gasses works, won’t the World’s climates change back to the pre-industrial nirvana that the alarmocracy think is the right climate(s)?
Will the demonstrations against climate change continue, giving Josh a continued source of fodder?

Adam Gallon
November 30, 2015 12:23 pm

Look at what World Greats have turned up to add their voices!

November 30, 2015 12:42 pm

(y) xD Josh Wins!
Ha ha

Tom in Florida
November 30, 2015 1:00 pm

“President Barack Obama is capping a day of high-profile climate talks with a quiet dinner at a chic Paris eatery.
French President Francois Hollande is hosting Obama, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and other top advisers at L’Ambroisie — one of the finest gastronomic restaurants in the trendy Marais.
L’Ambroisie’s menu is fit for a king — or an occasional president.
According to its website, delicacies like corolla of scallop meet white Alba truffle, and the flavors of tasty lobster fricassee are set off with Saint-Germain mashed peas.
It’s not aimed at diners with shallow pockets — dinner can cost up to 360 euros ($380).
The White House dubbed the outing a “working dinner.” The group of 12 sat in a cozy, lavishly decorated private room.
Obama told reporters snapping photographs to be careful in the luxurious surroundings, “Don’t break the chandelier. You can’t afford it.”
Bunch of hypocrites.

Mumbles McGuirck
Reply to  Tom in Florida
November 30, 2015 1:06 pm

Meanwhile, tonight I dine on pizza rolls. Being a skeptic has its costs.

Reply to  Tom in Florida
November 30, 2015 1:52 pm

And here I thought *most* restaurants were gastronomic. Are there restaurants where you can get an order of tires for your car, or shine for your shoes? /sarc.

Robert of Ottawa
Reply to  Tom in Florida
November 30, 2015 2:28 pm

Saint-Germain mashed peas
That’s pea soup to any proud French Canadian.

Robert of Ottawa
Reply to  Tom in Florida
November 30, 2015 2:31 pm

Bunch of aristocrats if you ask me. Let them eat pea soup while we’ll eat Soupe Saint. Germain!

November 30, 2015 1:11 pm
November 30, 2015 1:26 pm

Here’s some *GOOD NEWS* for a change:
From Maurice Strong’s Wiki bio:
In 2005, during investigations into the U.N.’s Oil-for-Food Programme, evidence procured by federal investigators and the U.N.-authorized inquiry of Paul Volcker showed that in 1997, while working for Annan, Strong had endorsed a check for $988,885, made out to “Mr. M. Strong,” issued by a Jordanian bank. It was reported that the check was hand-delivered to Mr. Strong by a South Korean businessman, Tongsun Park, who in 2006 was convicted in New York federal court of conspiring to bribe U.N. officials to rig Oil-for-Food in favor of Saddam Hussein. Mr. Strong was never accused of any wrongdoing.[11] During the inquiry, Strong stepped down from his U.N. post, stating that he would “sideline himself until the cloud was removed”.
And the erstwhile V.I. Lenin advises the Paris delegations from the grave:
Deepen, exacerbate existing problems, crises, differences, and if they don’t exist, create them or convincingly claim that they exist, and then deepen, exacerbate them…and profit the most from them in any way you can, and, in the resulting chaos, blame our enemies for the whole thing.
Makes you wonder about some of the folks trolling this site, doesn’t it?

Reply to  dbstealey
November 30, 2015 1:53 pm

Yes, climate change making real progress one funeral at a time!

Gunga Din
November 30, 2015 2:03 pm

Those of you you haven’t clicked on the “here” for the entire PDF version, do so.
“The more climate COP changes, the more it stays the same.”

Robert of Ottawa
November 30, 2015 2:22 pm

We had a David Suzuki climate event/demonstration here in Ottawa yesterday. Some of the placards carried were ridiculous. The best one was “STOP CLIMATE CHANGE!”. I’m not sure how much comprehension of reality some of these people have.

Gunga Din
Reply to  Robert of Ottawa
November 30, 2015 2:39 pm

If they “feel” it’s real, it must be. That’s what their taught.

D.J. Hawkins
Reply to  Robert of Ottawa
November 30, 2015 2:53 pm

Heh. I’m pretty sure their level of comprehension is indistinguishable from “0”.

Reply to  Robert of Ottawa
November 30, 2015 6:00 pm

If we can only remove all that evil CO2 from the world, then there will never be any hurricanes, floods, droughts, or blizzards. We’ll have achieved climate perfection!

November 30, 2015 3:00 pm

Great cartoon on stages of the ritual, Josh. Another
behind the scenes, ‘The Costs!’

Leon Brozyna
November 30, 2015 3:03 pm

Oh the horror of climate change !!
For Buffalo, the current average temperature range in January is 18°F to 31°F and could go as high as 21° to 34°F … all that melting snow !!
And in summer, the current average temperature range in late July of 62°F to 80°F will soar to unbelievable heights of 65°F to 83°F … oh, the cruelty !! And [gasp] is it possible that we might actually see a triple digit high in the summer? The highest recorded temp for Buffalo so far is 98°F … how will we ever survive a high of 101°F ??
Is it any wonder that, among real people with their feet planted firmly on the ground, they view their politicians with such contemptuous disdain? (to put it kindly)

November 30, 2015 3:25 pm

not so funny:
30 Nov: ReutersCarbonPulse: Ben Garside: UPDATE – Governments, companies launch coalition to strengthen global carbon pricing
Nineteen governments and nearly 90 businesses on Monday launched a global body intended to strengthen and expand carbon pricing across the globe. Although it was first announced in October, the Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition was officially launched on the opening day of UN climate negotiation in Paris by heads of state including France’s Francois Hollande, Germany’s Angela Merkel, Canada’s Justin Trudeau, Mexico’s Enrique Pena Nieto, and Chile’s Michelle Bachelet. The partnership’s members include governments such as Mexico, Germany, France, Chile and California, nearly 90 global businesses and NGOs including WWF and EDF.
*** “The goal is to gradually set a sufficiently high carbon price around the world to encourage better behaviour … Let’s be very clear, the idea is not to impose it on everyone. It’s not one size fits all. But what we want to promote is the setting or development of instruments that will little-by-little modify the behaviour of the economic players,” said Hollande.
“This is not exactly in the mandate of the UN framework, but it’s also not an issue that we can do away with … This whole trend towards carbon pricing could not be avoided and must be co-ordinated,” he added, pointing out that this was necessary to alleviate competitiveness concerns for companies in global markets. “By 2020, most of the G20 might be able to have carbon pricing in place … It’s very important to build up our coalition, as there will be nothing worse than having a huge discrepancy between carbon pricing here and there,” Hollande said. German Chancellor Angela Merkel agreed, adding: “Right now, locally at least we are in a testing phase, but we need to adopt a global approach.” Ethiopia also joined the coalition, helping to represent Africa…
***The coalition is due to meet next April in Washington DC at the World Bank’s spring meeting.

November 30, 2015 3:31 pm

30 Nov: ReutersCarbonPulse: Stian Reklev: New $500m World Bank facility to explore policy-based carbon market
Germany, Norway, Sweden and Switzerland on Monday became the first funders of a new World Bank facility seeking to carve out a new international carbon market by funding emission-reduction policies in developing nations. The Transformative Carbon Asset Facility (TCAF) will establish the world’s first programmatic carbon market and according to World Bank President Jim Yong Kim will garner some $2 billion in lending from the bank. “We want to help developing countries find a credible pathway toward low carbon development. This initiative is one such way because it will help countries create and pay for the next generation of carbon credits,” he said. The new facility will begin operations when funders have pledged $250 million. It is uncertain how much the first four funders have invested, although Norway’s initial contribution will be $25 million. The Bank said in a statement it expects the $250 million limit will be passed in time for TCAF to start in 2016…
It will pay for carbon assets with high environmental integrity and a strong likelihood to comply with future international rules, and will share its learning with the international community,” a World Bank statement said…
“We expect to achieve significant impact on the ground through the facility and ensure the sustainability of reducing emissions even beyond the facility’s initial support, for example, through carbon pricing instruments like emissions trading systems and carbon taxes, or stronger low-carbon policy standards and their enforcement,” she (Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg) said…

November 30, 2015 3:47 pm

COP21= a bunch of scammers creating ‘Mass Hysteria’ for their own wealth.

November 30, 2015 3:51 pm

30 Nov: ClimateChangeNews: Avik Roy: No renewables without coal, says Indian energy minister
Fossil fuel is imperative to meet India’s development needs, Piyush Goyal insists at the opening of UN COP21 climate talks in Paris
Other countries must accept India will burn coal to bring electricity to millions without, energy minister Piyush Goyal2 said as UN talks opened in Paris.
At a press briefing, he told journalists solar energy alone would not meet India’s development needs.
“The developed countries also need to understand that India needs a base load for its ambitious power plans and economic growth plans. In any case, if we don’t have a base load we don’t have any renewable energy. It is integral element of India’s development imperative. We don’t have gas so obviously the base load will have to be coal to provide 24/7 power”, said Goyal…
Although no country has demanded that India reduce its greenhouse gases, there have been repeated suggestions that, just as the developed countries are required to act, emerging economies like India too curb their emissions. Indian negotiators said they will ensure no such proposal is included in the agreement…
More than 60 per cent of India’s electricity is generated by burning coal. Developed countries have been urging India to leapfrog to cleaner sources…
“We are not at all apologetic of using coal. The US and the West have developed on the back of cheap energy — coal — for the last 150 years ramping up their coal consumption from 0.5 metric tonnes in 1870 to nearly 4.5 metric tonnes per capita few years ago”, said Goyal, adding, “We are not responsible for the problem. Our share is only 2 percent in the global greenhouse gas emission. It is a problem accumulated over last 150 years.”…
A key negotiator added that from 1990 till about 2012 only a few European nations reduced their coal consumption. China, in a deal with the US last year, promised to peak its emissions by 2030, indicating a continued reliance on coal over the next decade…

November 30, 2015 4:08 pm

Here across the pond the MSM have gone all-out to pressure the public. The BBC’s front web-page today is almost all about Global Warming anf the Daily Telegraph has an article attracting some very interesting comments. The Warmista trolls are very much in evidence!

November 30, 2015 7:14 pm

This is perfect, Josh. My feeling is this should be sent to every politician on the planet. Makes one realize just how thin it is all wearing. No wonder regular people on the street are getting so bored with it all, they are picking up subliminally what you are pointing out so brilliantly.
Please, people, spread this around.

December 1, 2015 1:17 am

My greatest fear is they destroy the West, limit emissions, and of course the world doesnt get any warmer, and claim it was their actions that saved the planet…
Another 1000 year Dark Age looms, I fear, until the Stupid Gene is totally eradicated.

James Bull
December 1, 2015 2:05 am

JOSH many years ago working in the development department of a company I was given a copy of…………
The 6 Phases of a Project
1. Enthusiasm
2. Disillusionment
3. Panic
4. Search for the Guilty
5. Punishment of the Innocent
6. Praise and Honours for for the Non Participants
I haven’t yet worked out which phase we have reached but I have a sinking feeling many are still in phase 1. Although there are some who seem to manage all at once.
James Bull

December 1, 2015 2:50 am

Funny and true in the same time 🙂 On the other hand, there are so many people who speak about climate without understanding what this really means…. Here are some thoughts on that: http://oceansgovernclimate.com/climate-a-creation-of-corrupted-people-cop21/.

December 1, 2015 6:17 am

On the news this morning, they introduced the COP21 as the world’s last chance to avoid catastrophic global warming.
The Kool Aid is strong in that one.

Pat Paulsen
December 1, 2015 7:50 am

In one sense, I wish that the alarmists were right. Where I live, some warming is quite welcome and the 90’s rise in temps were welcome, where I live. Now, I am preparing for cold while the chicken littles prepare for heat. (I wish). More CO2 (well, it might help – a little bit but mainly because the plant life loves it!)

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