Guest essay by Eric Worrall
Reuters reports that climate and green energy are back on the next EU summit agenda, after reports the climate issue was pushed off the agenda by other pressing issues.
Climate change, energy is back on EU summit agenda: draft
EU leaders meeting in Brussels this week will debate the Paris Agreement on climate change, a draft EU text showed, after officials previously said the migrant crisis had knocked it off the agenda.
EU officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said European Council President Donald Tusk, who will chair the summit, had spent a week negotiating a compromise text that they believed the big member states would agree on.
The text, seen by Reuters, “underlines the need for the European Union and its member states to be able to ratify the Paris Agreement as soon as possible”.
It also says the EU is committed to a target to cut greenhouse gas emissions domestically by at least 40 percent by 2030, as agreed at political level in October 2014.
The target has become controversial as some member states and environment campaigners have interpreted the agreement of a global deal in Paris as a reason to push for the EU to agree a more ambitious goal.
But EU officials say the European Commission is concerned that reopening the discussion on the 2030 target would derail a difficult debate this year on how to share out that goal among the 28 member states, including Poland, whose economy depends on coal.
Watching the increasingly farcical antics of Europe’s ruling class, I wonder if this is what it must have been like in the dying days of the Roman Empire. Britain is likely on the verge of leaving the EU, Europe is reeling from outrages perpetrated by invading hordes of lawless young men, yet rather than dealing with the real issues, issues which threaten the very existence of the European political entity, most of the European ruling class is utterly disconnected from their people, devoting their attention to entirely imaginary problems, like Anthropogenic Climate Change.