Gulf News Demands USA Submit to the Paris Agreement

Guest essay by Eric Worrall

Gulf News, whose holding company is chaired by the United Arab Emirates Minister for Finance, has printed an article demanding the USA cut CO2 Emissions in line the Paris Agreement.

The US must act on climate change

The Paris Agreement is our best hope yet in preventing irrevocable environmental damage and all must adhere to its limits.

Published: 17:22 May 28, 2017

Trump has repeatedly said that he will decide on the Paris Agreement by the end of May, and with that now upon us, the danger is that he may renege on the US commitment to adhere to its environmental responsibilities.

Should Trump baulk, the danger is that other mass emitters of greenhouse gases such as China and India will follow suit, rendering what is our best hope to negate climate change as virtually worthless. This decision by Trump is crucial — and so too how nations react. We much not let this period now be the turning point where future generations look back through the fog of their dangerously warmed up world and say: “That was the beginning of the end.”

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Arab News Outlets frequently blame major weather disasters on Western CO2 emissions. The terrorist Osama Bin Laden on several occasions raised historic US CO2 emissions as another reason to hate – he saw Western pre-occupation with climate as an opportunity to destabilise the West.

I’m not suggesting Gulf News and their sponsors are intentionally seeking to use the Paris Treaty as a means to sabotage US fossil fuel interests, to help promote their own exports. But it seems more than a little hypocritical for a news outlet with strong connections to the UAE government, substantial exporters of oil, to be criticising someone elses contribution to CO2 emissions.

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May 30, 2017 3:40 am

I really don’t think giving Trump orders or ultimatums is likely to get them very far ! 🙂

Shawn Marshall
Reply to  AndyG55
May 30, 2017 4:38 am

They are just playing an anti-coal card – totally disingenuous.

Patrick MJD
Reply to  AndyG55
May 30, 2017 5:21 am

I suspect they are “worried” that the US will become the largest exporter of fracked oil and gas in the coming years. That’s energy security and independence from middle eastern oil producers. A good thing IMO.

Reply to  AndyG55
May 30, 2017 6:22 am

UAE government, substantial exporters of oil
one major purpose of the Paris agreement is to price coal out of the market so that oil and gas will have a monopoly. Of course OPEC would be on board with Paris. They have been trying to drive the competition out of business for years. The most recent big drop in oil prices, led by OPEC and the Saudis, was designed to drive US shale producers out of business. With friends like this …

Reply to  ferdberple
May 30, 2017 12:16 pm

“I’m not suggesting Gulf News and their sponsors are intentionally seeking to use the Paris Treaty as a means to sabotage US fossil fuel interests, to help promote their own exports.”
I am.

Reply to  AndyG55
June 8, 2017 8:21 am

Tell the Minister of Finance to go pound sand.

May 30, 2017 3:41 am

“he may renege on the US commitment”
The US did not make a commitment, only Obarmy did.
The US never voted on it.

Reply to  AndyG55
May 30, 2017 3:57 am

Those that only understand despotism don’t understand that basic fact. Or at least they choose not to admit it.

John Peter
Reply to  AndyG55
May 30, 2017 9:36 am

Sounds like a brief statement of essential fact. If POTUS will not withdraw he should send it to the Senate for ratification. It is either not a treaty and, therefore, to be ignored and reneged on or it is a treaty and should be sent to the Senate for ratification. The trick conjured up by Kerry and the French to make a non treaty effectively a treaty through concerted pressure should be exposed for what it is, namely as stated above an Obama “treaty” or the equivalent of an executive order.

May 30, 2017 3:43 am

Just another bunch of climate hypocrites.

old white guy
Reply to  Quilter52
May 30, 2017 6:03 am

I demand that the emirates stop pumping oil immediately and return to horses and camels as their primary mode of transportation and shipping.

Reply to  old white guy
May 30, 2017 1:58 pm

Horses can’t carry very much when swimming.
I don’t know about camels, but suspect they also have a low cargo-carrying capacity in water.
Now, dhows . . . .

May 30, 2017 3:44 am

apparently it’s a co-ordinated effort….this was published today. Who’d ‘a thunk?

Patrick MJD
Reply to  AleaJactaEst
May 30, 2017 5:23 am

Maybe, as posted before, the US is tipped to be the biggest exporter of fracked oil and gas. They have to protect their man-made islands some how.

Mike Bromley the Kurd
May 30, 2017 3:45 am

Climate change equivocations’r’us

May 30, 2017 3:49 am

If it is only a question of honouring CO2 emission levels then you could do that without signing up to the agreement and have the flexibility to change your mind if something unexpected happens. What is not to like?

Reply to  graphicconception
May 30, 2017 6:52 am

Good point.
And the U.S. is probably still going to reduce its CO2 emissions through more natural gas introduction into the power generation field, although not by 25 percent as the Paris Agreeement calls for.
But if China increases their CO2 output by 25 percent, then the U.S. would have wasted its time and money, and China has no restrictions on its output, it can increase it as much as it wants until 2030 under the Paris Agreement.
The Paris Agreement is a very bad deal for the U.S. Especially considering there is no evidence humans are causing the Earth’s climate to change.

Leo Smith
May 30, 2017 3:53 am

I repeat. Middle Eastern oil and Russian gas money drives green policy.
No nukes ✓
No fracking ✓
No coal ✓
As much useless non threatening virtue signalling renewable energy as you like. ✓
Cui Bono?

Reply to  Leo Smith
May 30, 2017 4:30 am

The oil companies are in on it too. They own natural gas. If they can shut down coal, they can sell more natural gas. link They know that renewables won’t work and aren’t worried about that. Some of the big suppliers of pv panels in the 1970s were oil companies so they have direct experience.
Like you say, cui bono, who benefits, follow the money. I wonder if the muppets demonstrating against fossil fuels realize that they are dupes of large corporations and foreign governments.

tony mcleod
Reply to  commieBob
May 30, 2017 4:51 am

Yeah, those tree-hugging, leftist, UN oil tycoons have got a lot to answer for. They’re all in on it.

Reply to  commieBob
May 30, 2017 5:24 am

tony mcleod May 30, 2017 at 4:51 am
… tree-hugging, leftist, UN oil tycoons …

Can you find me some of those? Good old lying back stabbing two faced oil tycoons are much easier to find. Sometimes you can’t tell the two types apart.

Patrick MJD
Reply to  commieBob
May 30, 2017 5:25 am

“tony mcleod May 30, 2017 at 4:51 am”
You really are out of your league on this one.

tony mcleod
Reply to  commieBob
May 30, 2017 5:37 am

“Good old lying back stabbing two faced oil tycoons are much easier to find. Sometimes you can’t tell the two types apart.”
Oh, I know, I know.

Patrick MJD
Reply to  commieBob
May 30, 2017 5:49 am

“tony mcleod May 30, 2017 at 5:37 am”
WOW! A picture of two people is evidence of your claim? Bit like AGW.

Reply to  commieBob
May 30, 2017 6:15 am

Is there a league that tony isn’t out of?

Shawn Marshall
Reply to  Leo Smith
May 30, 2017 4:38 am


Reply to  Leo Smith
May 30, 2017 10:57 am

You can add Lefties of all persuasions to your list. It’s all about social control and destruction of the Western Middle Class and zero, nada, zilch about climate.
As to Gulf News; after living in the UAE I found it to be a mouth organ of the government, which are the sheiks of the various Eremites along with their relatives and lackeys. Think Mafia in a Dishdasha.
Perhaps Democrats and the NYT if you want something closer to home.

Reply to  usexpat
May 30, 2017 3:38 pm

Yep. Every single “green” initiative is designed to harm somebody else and profit the people pushing it. I don’t think I’ve seen an altruistic one in my life.

May 30, 2017 4:01 am

One of the anti-fracking “documentaries” listed an Arab oil produces as supplying some financial backing. I think it was UAE.

May 30, 2017 4:11 am


May 30, 2017 4:16 am

Check the Climate action tracker for both the UAE’s Carbon mitigation levels [ ] and the USA’s efforts in this field [ ] and find the true levels of anti-american bigotry and blatant and outright hypocrisy emanating from the UAE’s Finance Minister.
Maybe Anthony might see fit to put these CO2 emission comparisons up in the leader above just to show how hypocritical the Europeans and Arabs and etc are when compared to what the Americans have already achieved in reducing CO2 emissions.
Reductions in emissions which frankly from my perspective aren’t going to make the slightest smidgin of difference to what Nature decides she is going to do about the global climate both short term and long term.

May 30, 2017 4:24 am

If they really believe CO2 is poisonous, the UAE should turn off the tap.

Reply to  BallBounces
May 30, 2017 5:28 am

yeah:- my thought too.
if they really…care

Reply to  BallBounces
May 30, 2017 6:12 am

The money tap is much more important.

Paul Penrose
May 30, 2017 4:30 am

The louder our competitors and adversaries wail, the more sure I am that our President is pursuing the correct policies. Bowing and scraping the ground while mumbling apologies will only get you kicked in the teeth. Respectful strength will in turn be respected. Those without honor will fear such strength, but that is acceptable too as long as you understand it. Weakness will be ruthlessly exploited. This is how the world works. Human nature will not allow the utopian dreams to become reality.

Bruce Cobb
May 30, 2017 4:30 am

When in doubt, follow the money. Gulf “News” knows which side their bread is buttered on.

May 30, 2017 4:31 am

If the UAE wants the US to comply, that’s another excellent reason to scrap it.

May 30, 2017 4:43 am

I’m not suggesting Gulf News and their sponsors are intentionally seeking to use the Paris Treaty as a means to sabotage US fossil fuel interests, to help promote their own exports
That’s exactly what I would suggest, Eric!

May 30, 2017 5:05 am

Dear everyone who lives between Mexico and Canada,
Having pulled out of Iraq and Barack, it’s time for you to withdraw from the quagmire that is Gulf News.
We know you can do it.
Rest of world

May 30, 2017 5:06 am

We said right up front that this was non-binding because it wasn’t a treaty ratified by the Senate. They were warned any future president could pull us out. They want money, that’s it. The US would be the largest contributor of cash. Well, the well just ran dry I hope.

Paul Penrose
Reply to  Don
May 30, 2017 6:18 am

So right. President Trump should just say “Since this is a non-binding agreement, consider us un-bound.”

May 30, 2017 5:16 am

I thought China agreed to limit their CO2 emissions to only the increase they would see at their maximum build-out rate for energy consumption. Does this mean China is going to renege on this and emit LESS CO2?

May 30, 2017 5:16 am

Who cares what Gulf News says.
Can’t we talk about something a bit more interesting?

Mark - Helsinki
May 30, 2017 5:22 am

This is hilarious, the biggest historical oil producers are crying because the US wont enter an agreement that may prevent 0.03c warming over 100 years?

Patrick MJD
Reply to  Mark - Helsinki
May 30, 2017 6:26 am

No it’s not that. What it is is the US will be a larger producer of oil and gas.

May 30, 2017 5:22 am

The UAE is a developing country

Mark - Helsinki
Reply to  Latitude
May 30, 2017 5:25 am

When all of these places run out of oil, they are guaranteed to cease to exist as nations

Mark - Helsinki
May 30, 2017 5:23 am

Saudi Arabia just signed a billion dollar weapons deal with the US, do they think manufacturing uses unicorn wind?

Reply to  Mark - Helsinki
May 30, 2017 5:37 am

funny isnt it?
all the energy chemicals pollution and toxic waste making weapons gets dissed n missed
and the use of, the ships planes whatever all got made using fossil fuels to power the industry
no mention
then the actual toxic damage apart from the kill rates when its used DU especially
white phosphorus( israel ussa lookin at you)
maybe they should be sold unicorn farts!
weave that into their despotic hegemony dreams

May 30, 2017 5:34 am

“The Paris Agreement is our best hope yet in preventing irrevocable environmental damage and all must adhere to its limits.”
What irrevocable damage would that be?
The damage to increasingly healthier biosphere trend?
The greening in low rainfall areas?
The increase in crop yield?
The reduction of winter damage?
Severe storm reduction?

Hocus Locus
May 30, 2017 5:46 am

We must do exactly as they say.
Their logo has an eagle in it.
“Go Wolverines!” ~ Red Dawn
Pick your invading enemy poison:
Red Dawn [1984] – Russians
Red Dawn [2012] – North Koreans
Red Dawn [2017] – Pure-CO2 climate causation globalists.

May 30, 2017 7:47 am

OPEC is upset that the US and fracking has broken their cartel. Paris could very well serve as a way to drive back up oil prices.

May 30, 2017 8:21 am

I lived in Abu Dubai, UAE for five years and this all makes sense from their point of view. I can state with confidence that they are not planning to back out of oil and gas development and marketing anytime soon (not as long as they have resources to sell), but it would certainly assist them in preserving their lavish lifestyle if the US agrees to commit economic suicide by locking in its own petroleum reserves and building a power system based on unreliable and expensive solar and wind generation.

D. J. Hawkins
Reply to  andrewpattullo
May 30, 2017 10:51 am

On reflection, it might not be such a bad idea to “lock in” our petroleum reserves to some extent. Whoever pumps the last barrel of oil is going to be king of the hill; it might as well be US.

Reply to  andrewpattullo
May 31, 2017 4:35 am

I note the UAE is investing heavily in nuclear and renewables:
The UAE is now in fact a natural gas importer…
“Since 2010, rising natural gas prices in the UAE have combined with rapidly falling technology costs for solar photovoltaic (PV) systems, in particular. This has made renewables a competitive option for power generation in the UAE – an oil exporter, but increasingly an importer of natural gas. Wind power and waste-to-energy conversion have also become economic with natural gas prices above USD 8 per million British thermal units (mBtu). These recent developments create financial reasons for the country to accelerate its renewable energy deployment beyond the existing targets in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and other emirates.”

Reply to  Griff
May 31, 2017 6:21 pm

That makes sense for their own electricity generation. But they will not stop pumping oil to sell abroad, as the UAE would be penniless otherwise. (By the way, Al Jazeera is owned and operated by the OPEC dictatorship of Qatar, so do not expect them to be impartial.)

May 30, 2017 8:28 am

“Climate change” has always been about enriching those who are inside the movement. Big oil stands to gain massively from “climate change” treaties and laws… the expense of consumers of course.

May 30, 2017 9:05 am

Absurdly transparent. Current OPEC strategy of cutting production to boost oil price is failing as shale oil producers keep cutting costs and stealing market share. So now they ask POTUS to help by effectively taxing the US shale producers in the name of shaving 0.1 degree off global temperatures by 2100. Maybe.

May 30, 2017 11:15 am

Gulf News should lead the way on reducing CO2 emissions by going out of business. Arab countries can help to by banning all fossil fuel related opperations in their countries. They can go back to living the way their ancestors did.

May 30, 2017 11:58 am

“Gulf News Demands USA Submit to the Paris Agreement”
Or what?

Bruce Cobb
Reply to  Kamikazedave
May 30, 2017 1:53 pm

They will stamp their feet. Then you’ll be sorry.

Reply to  Bruce Cobb
May 30, 2017 6:27 pm

Oh no!! Not that!!

Bruce Cobb
May 30, 2017 1:55 pm

Trump meets with Climate Skeptic EPA chief Scott Pruitt one last time before Paris “decision” (which has probably already been made):
It’s pretty much in the bag now. Paris is done. Kaput. Fini.

Reply to  Bruce Cobb
May 30, 2017 8:24 pm

I hope so but won’t believe it until the fat lady sings.

May 30, 2017 5:29 pm

I honestly have no respect or trust for any so called “news” media right now.

Ike Kiefer
May 30, 2017 5:36 pm

China coal use up 9.9% in last 12mos. India has 50 GW of ultra-mega coal plants in pipeline. Same story in South Africa, Indonesia, Malaysia. E. Europe backing out of Paris obligations. W. Europe and coastal Americans still in active denial of Islamic invasion and Climate shakedown. Nanny states committing assisted suicide via heinous governance.

May 30, 2017 7:48 pm

The Paris Agreement is our best hope yet in preventing irrevocable environmental damage and all must adhere to its limits.
Best hope? … Preventing irrevocable environmental damage? The Paris agreement offers little hope — a fraction of a degree at best, and at a ridiculously high price tag that robs money from solving REAL problems. Overblown disaster rhetoric without causal foundation is fake politics and fake science.
… utterly unfounded statements in just the few paragraphs that I read. … didn’t even click to the link to read more, because like the Paris agreement, it would be a waste of effort.

J Mac
Reply to  Robert Kernodle
May 30, 2017 8:10 pm

‘Irrevocable damage’ is being done to their oil cartel environment… and all must adhere to their production limits and inflated prices!

R. de Haan
May 31, 2017 7:36 am

Those idiots took the climate scam bait hook and sinker. They need therapy to undo all the brainwashing that was done to them by Al Gore and his minions. They still sit on huge oil reserves and if they continue their stupidity they will be ridding camels in the snow before they know it… Hell, they already have been riding camels in the snow this winter but still failed to see they have been taken for a ride. They really have a serious problem.

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