U.N. climate alarmist global process failing

Guest essay by Larry Hamlin

The COP24 UN IPCC climate conference confab failure outcome represents a huge defeat for its scientifically unsupported and politically contrived climate alarmist schemes. The failure was brought about by global energy and climate science reality.


A recent Wall Street Journal article examines this clear message of the COP24 conference failure in sharp contrast to the phony “thumbs up” gesture in the photo from the conference. The political failure of COP24 has been carefully hidden from the public by the climate alarmist main stream media.

The WSJ article notes the global energy realities that overcame and swamped the U.N. climate alarmism agenda:

“The latest climate talks ended here Saturday, a day late, with agreement largely reached on a rule book to implement the nonbinding Paris Agreement. The bigger story is how the United Nations climate process is losing its battle with reality.

“Will civilization descend into another dark age?” Al Gore bellowed. “I’m getting worked up early.” Yet compared with the euphoria three years ago in Paris, defeat hung in the air as delegates faced the realization that whatever they agreed in the hall had little relevance to developments in the world.

Negotiators sought to slow the rise of greenhouse emissions—around 2% a year world-wide for the past two decades. For the three years straddling the 2015 Paris conference, carbon-dioxide emissions were more or less flat. Then they resumed their upward trend—up 1.6% in 2017 and a projected 2.7% this year. According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report released on the eve of the conference, all scenarios limiting warming to 2.7 degrees Fahrenheit assume steep reductions in coal consumption—to zero by 2050.

That’s not going to happen. According to the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, a German think tank close to Chancellor Angela Merkel, what it calls the renaissance of coal continues, using up the available carbon budget within a decade.

Speaker after speaker at conference side-events spoke of expanded coal use. Turkey has plans for 80 new power stations to double its coal capacity and reduce dependence on imports. Chinese provinces are lobbying for more coal and Beijing is investing in coal infrastructure abroad. So are Japan, South Korea and Australia. During his September visit to Indonesia, South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in oversaw a deal to build two new coal plants there. Before the conference, in Polish coal country, Warsaw had declared it would continue burning coal—a matter of national security when the principal alternative is Russian natural gas.”

The article closed by addressing the harsh political reality which has emerged against economically suffocating climate alarmist policy.

“Thanks to French President Emmanuel Macron’s carbon-tax folly, politicians of all stripes are likely to treat carbon pricing like the plague. Denunciations of “madmen” such as President Trump and Brazil’s President-elect Jair Bolsonaro came easily at the conference. A much harder problem is the defeat of Mr. Macron at the hands of the gilets jaunes. Reality has a way of fighting back.”

An article at the Global Warming Policy Foundation also echoed the COP24 failure outcome.


The shocking, extensive and destructive riots in France have sent a powerful and loud global message that climate alarmism political extremism is under siege from real world energy and climate outcomes versus the phony U.N. alarmist driven climate science based on nothing but politically biased speculation and conjecture.

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Steve O
December 21, 2018 6:08 am

“The failure was brought about by global energy and climate science reality.”

— It’s the economic and political reality that has asserted itself. The climate science reality is still shrouded. Proposals are still being made based on scientific assertions that have not yet been debunked, but they aren’t going anywhere.

If the entire alarmist crowd is so willfully blind that they refuse to see the political reality when it is so undeniable and blindingly obvious, then we obviously cannot trust them to see the scientific reality. They only see the reality that conforms to their views.

Reply to  Steve O
December 21, 2018 8:03 am

The failure was not brought about by reality, the failure was ignoring reality and pretending computer models and wishful whimsy were reality.
All that ‘reality’ did was to expose their failed ideas, it did not cause them.

Alan Tomalty
Reply to  Steve O
December 21, 2018 12:05 pm

They all worship at Al Gore’s Church of Climatology

December 21, 2018 7:12 am

You mean they are only just realising serious government was only paying lip service to this fraud?

What a bunch of morons, I never realised they were that deluded.

Javert Chip
Reply to  MattS
December 21, 2018 1:39 pm

“What a bunch of morons, I never realised they were that deluded.”

Well, 30,000 of them got together (at taxpayer expense) to develop a rule book for a non-binding process. These parasites were expecting to divide up hundreds of billions of (mainly US taxpayer) dollars, and are now left to fight over the scraps. I guess that calls for a rule book.

Reply to  MattS
December 21, 2018 2:34 pm

Since it is a NON-BINDING process, may I say to their attempts to collect money: Yeah, good luck with that, Sillies!

Seriously, did they really think they’d get this money at all?

December 21, 2018 7:32 am

I love it when a plan comes together! Reality comes crashing down on their pointed little heads and they just can’t figure out how it happened. I blame fracking. Oh, and Donald Trump, can’t be leaving him out!

December 21, 2018 7:34 am

China also did it’s part to make sure Human Rights was removed from any agreement, something the MSM has been very quiet about.

Bob Denby
December 21, 2018 7:40 am

The ‘one-world’, classless society advocacy’s ‘Trojan horse’ (fortunately) is having trouble finding the gate to the Fortress of Common Sense. May all its wheels fall off!

December 21, 2018 7:47 am

Yet the lies and fraud lives on in the minds of leftist politicians, green enviros and the MSM despite a mound of evidence and data that does not support their extreme agenda.
One wonders if and when reality sets in.

Gary Pearse
Reply to  Catcracking
December 21, 2018 9:53 am

More elections will jolt them back, although “progressives” in USA are foolishly still trying to win the last election and are doubling down on climate and in Canada the libs are loading up with a carbon tax, knowing they are out of office for a generation when the curtain falls anyway. The left is bankrupt until new political blood comes along.

Oh and Al Gore, “No, we will not descend into another Dark Ages as had been planned.” Multi-Billion Dollar Soshulists, lemming-like in their self destruction, have been pitching their money at the fading hope of resuscitating their crony cap cashflow. ‘Climate Blues Part Deux’ is going to be a massive reprise, taking out the ‘useful tools’ and the bloated rolls of clisci researchers. I sincerely hope no one is going to get hurt.

Javert Chip
Reply to  Catcracking
December 21, 2018 2:20 pm

There are a class of people (analogous to hippies in the USA) for who climate truth will never seep into their reality.

Some will fondly remember these intolerant, nasty, greedy bastards and their raging against…well…something or other (not to mention taxpayer funded COPs). As time passes, and lower Manhattan & Florida remain well above ocean tides, there will be another Pied Piper for the evangelically-challenged to align with.

Frankly it is stunning to realize medieval cultural prohibitions against knowledge (aka science) are alive and well in 2018. Human gullibility appears to be the only thing with infinite supply.

December 21, 2018 7:59 am

… but what will all the “climate scientists” and “environmental studies” graduates do for a living!? I doubt any of them have the skills to install my new set of tires.

Reply to  Kenji
December 21, 2018 8:25 am

Chik-Fil-A and Walmart are always hiring!

Mike Bryant
December 21, 2018 8:01 am

Thank God for Wattsupwiththat and Donald Trump! You too, CTM.

Reply to  Mike Bryant
December 21, 2018 12:14 pm



December 21, 2018 8:14 am

It’s comical watching Leftists’ dreams of stealing $122 trillion (2018 U.N. projection) from taxpayers under the fictitious CAGW scam go up in smoke..

Leftists got severely stung by the Yellow Jackets, and this anti-CAGW tax/anti-human movement will gain steam as global temps fall from PDO/AMO/NAO 30-year cool cycles and the coming a Grand Solar Minimum…

Rational taxpayers simply aren’t buying Leftists’ snake oil anymore. Leftists overplayed their hand and lost their bet on the gullibleness of taxpayers.

CAGW’s demise will continue to accelerate in the years ahead.

“You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all the people some of the time, but you can’t fool all of the people all of the time”…

Tom Gelsthorpe
December 21, 2018 8:24 am

The doomsday model has failed to convince people the world is falling off a cliff by this time next year? Pity, pity. How are they going to scare the pants off the hoi polloi in 2021?

I’m not holding my breath. The doomsayers will think of something.

Reply to  Tom Gelsthorpe
December 21, 2018 11:23 am

They already have. Many of those pushing the Climate Crisis could see after Trump that the wheels were coming off.

The rats are jumping off the sinking ship one by one. Luckily a passing freighter called ‘Plastic Panic’ is steaming by. Just watch and see how many familiar faces end up climbing aboard.


December 21, 2018 8:51 am

The irony is that the violent demonstrations that latched onto the gilets jaunes protests were almost certainly carried on by people who would be supportive of the CAGW meme in any normal circumstance.

The root cause of the original protest was a reaction to a planned hike in fuel taxes which turned out to be a prime instance of a national leader losing the plot. When you realise that there are parts of France where the local authorities subsidise driving lessons for school-leavers because the rural public transport system is so poor that if you can’t drive you are effectively stuck with a job within walking (or cycling) distance of your home and that 60% of French cars are diesel-powered because of the fuel economy it gives, you start to understand the background to the protests — added, of course, to the French propensity for taking to the streets when protest is deemed necessary.

Macron’s misjudgment was compounded by the fact that his reasons for the proposed tax increase were to combat particulate pollution and to combat climate change. Accepting that pollution in some French cities is a problem (though by no means worse than anywhere else in the world) the hardest hit by the tax were going to be those a) least able to bear it, and b) those living in places where his first reason hardly applied.

As for the climate change excuse, the average Frenchman’s reaction to this sort of political virtue-signalling is unprintable. Like all those others who the UN has been surveying in recent years, climate change comes way down any list of French worries. The most repeatable remark I heard was to the effect that the speaker’s first priority was saving his job; saving the planet could come later!

Reply to  Newminster
December 21, 2018 12:58 pm

What happened to all the American climate scientists that Macron said he was going to hire?

Froggy aka Thierry Copie
Reply to  Socrates
December 22, 2018 11:19 am

That is the most “a propos” comment of this entire stream. Inspiration for Josh maybe? 😉

December 21, 2018 9:18 am

Take time to listen to this under cover RCMP investigator who exposes who was/still is behind the financial schemes we’re still dealing with now. He traces the financial connections right back to Maurice Strong and claims to have evidence to back up everything he is saying.


Episode 1014

Until we all understand the underpinnings, we won’t be able to get to the truth.

Reply to  Sommer
December 21, 2018 4:03 pm

I prefer to smash underpinnings with a big, heavy hammer. Trying to understand them just leads to you being labelled a “conspiracy theorist”.

GREG in Houston
December 21, 2018 9:29 am

Just in time for the demise of the climate change mantra: The greenies’ war on plastic!

Michael C. Roberts
Reply to  GREG in Houston
December 21, 2018 10:07 pm

Plastic and micro plastic may be easy to vilify for the masses; but it looks like Perflourinated Compounds just might be the next CO2 equivalent the EPA goes after with a vengeance.

John Bell
December 21, 2018 9:55 am

I love this analogy: talking up climate change and then driving and flying is like being a member of PETA (for virtue signalling) and then having dog fights on the side for fun.

December 21, 2018 10:28 am

United States Climate Alliance:


… Please take note.

Javert Chip
Reply to  Robert Kernodle
December 21, 2018 1:33 pm

Hey! Where’s Illinois? They’re so GREAT at spending other people’s money, that they do it even before they take it. WHAT A DEAL!

Boy, talk about a list of the financially walking-wounded…

Reply to  Javert Chip
December 21, 2018 3:21 pm

Sadly, I live in one of those states. I mailed a letter to the governor’s office just yesterday.

Reply to  Robert Kernodle
December 21, 2018 4:17 pm

You left out Pennsylvania! Tom Wolfe’s publicly stated intent is to shutdown gas, coal and oil production, all while jacking up taxes on seniors, the young and everyone who actually has a job. Don’t be leaving people out, it hurts their feelings!(quote courtesy of Jane Cobb, this crowd ought to get it)

kent beuchert
December 21, 2018 10:34 am

Aren’t any of these “experts” aware of the amazing potential of molten salt nuclear power?

John Endicott
Reply to  kent beuchert
December 21, 2018 12:15 pm

Amazing potential of vaporware means bupkis. Show them one in actual real world operation and then they can be aware of just how amazing it potentially is.

Reply to  John Endicott
December 21, 2018 4:23 pm

You mean like the units General Electric, Electric Boat Division turns out?!?!? Why, again, are we not using them all over America? Their power production and safety records speak for themselves. The particular reason has momentarily slipped my mind.

John Endicott
Reply to  2hotel9
December 24, 2018 5:47 am

What units of molten salt reactors has GE turned out? As far as I’m aware there are no molten salt reactors in commercial operation anywhere in the world, yet kent keeps banging on about them as if they’re the greatest thing since sliced bread. Perhaps they will be when they finally get beyond the theory/lab test stage and into the operational stage. I think you are confusing molten salt reactors (kent’s hobby horse, which has yet to leave the R&D phase) with nuclear reactors in general.

Reply to  John Endicott
December 24, 2018 7:07 am

Not molten salt, nuclear power systems in subs and ships. They been doing it, successfully, for decades. Time to gut the anti-nuke lobby and start building to power America.

John Endicott
Reply to  John Endicott
December 24, 2018 8:39 am

I agree on the need for more nukes for power, but the discussion you jumped into was specifically about kent’s hobby horse of molten salt reactors

Reply to  John Endicott
December 24, 2018 4:09 pm

Yea, I did a couple of dos-ee-does with him on that. Molten Sodium appears to have some promise, China made some claims and I have never found any follow up, some other researchers have spoken up and hedged their bets. Does not appear as ephemeral as cold fusion, still not anywhere near ready for prime time. If I had more money to invest I would still drop it on the companies producing US Navy power systems, they clearly know what they are doing. Add to that US Navy is training personnel who clearly know how to operate said systems effectively and safely and we are missing out on massive national energy production assets, all because of a stupid assed Hanoi Jane Fonda movie. Oy vey!

Reply to  John Endicott
December 24, 2018 4:24 pm

Wish I had the cash!

William A Befort
Reply to  John Endicott
December 30, 2018 8:07 pm

According to Wikipedia’s article on US naval reactors, they’re all PWRs, quite similar to civilian industrial units except that they use more highly enriched uranium.

December 21, 2018 10:35 am

“The shocking, extensive and destructive riots in France have sent a powerful and loud global message that climate alarmism political extremism is under siege from real world energy and climate outcomes versus the phony U.N. alarmist driven climate science based on nothing but politically biased speculation and conjecture.”

Rubbish. The poor in France don’t want to be taxed more. Nothing more.

paul courtney
Reply to  Chris
December 21, 2018 11:31 am

Chris: Nice try. That’s why the “poor” stopped protesting when the tax was cancelled.
I don’t get out much, so thanks for another of your “opposite day” explanations of overseas events. Like a balls on reverse barometer.

Reply to  Chris
December 21, 2018 1:13 pm

Attitudes to tax are based on a form of cost/benefit analysis.

If governments are providing lots of benefits, people accept paying high tax.

In this case the government attempted to con the people that cutting CO2 was a benefit.

The people were not stupid enough to fall for the con.

Reply to  Chris
December 21, 2018 1:19 pm

The tax was cancelled, yet they still protest……….

You go figure it out, Chris

Reply to  Sunsettommy
December 22, 2018 5:04 am

theres also a LOT of dissent on the mass islamist etc immigration simmering
Id bet this, as a kickstarter, continues till macrons booted out

Reply to  ozspeaksup
December 22, 2018 8:22 am

I see this morning that BBC is downplaying the fact protests continue this weekend in France. And it appears to be actual yellow vest protestors, not random smash&grab and random burner protestors.

Javert Chip
Reply to  Chris
December 21, 2018 2:42 pm


And you know this because?

The French themselves (70%+ of them) seemed to be quite focused on the target of their rage.

Reply to  Chris
December 21, 2018 4:07 pm

Yes!!! Amazingly you get it!!!! Greens, like you, are all about taxing people into poverty, and people are resisting you. And here I thought you were too stupid to get the point on top of your head. My bad!

December 21, 2018 10:43 am

Has anyone seen the rule book yet? I still cannot find it.

Javert Chip
Reply to  BillP
December 21, 2018 2:36 pm


Good observation. Let’s see if I can fill some of the void:

1) (USA primarily) pay us hundreds of billions of dollars.

2) We will collect & account for every last cent. Of course, there will be an administrative fee for this activity.

3) There will be an application process, and we will vet petitioners for suitability (aka political correctness). Of course, there will be an administrative fee for this activity.

4) We will disburse funds, less certain hold-backs to ensure compliance with intended purpose. All of this will be heavily audited to ensure compliance. Of course, there will be an administrative fee for this activity.

5) Constant reporting is required to identify benefits & lives saved. Of course, there will be an administrative fee for this activity.

6) Process administrators will receive appropriate (aka substantial & not fully disclosed) compensation for their “saving the world” efforts. Of course, there will be an administrative fee for this activity.

Yea. Those rules are a good start. Unfortunately, as with most child-like crusades, fees pretty much equal donations.

December 21, 2018 10:46 am

Why do I get the feeling that all these confabs and alarmist statements and claims are targeted at my American lifestyle? I live with a combination of nuclear, coal, and natural gas-fired electricity and heat. I have no debt other than the implied national debt that no political Party cares about when they are in power. My main fear is that my kids won’t recognize the global lobbyist con job until it’s too late.

PS. I’m in my second career based on spotting con jobs and alerting others before it’s too late. I guess the reason it’s harder to explain and warn family members is that they have no fiduciary responsibility to listen to a warning or take action.

John Endicott
December 21, 2018 12:30 pm

Why do I get the feeling that all these confabs and alarmist statements and claims are targeted at my American lifestyle?

Because you are not stupid.

December 21, 2018 2:15 pm

All those people in the photo have their thumbs up because they all have a finger in the pie.
Little Jack Horner sat in a corner eating his Christmas pie. He stuck in a thumb and pulled out a plum and said, “What a good boy am I.”‘
For the COP24 alarmists, apparently the plum is a rule book to implement a non-binding agreement.
Smells and looks like a rotten sour plum.

Reply to  Robber
December 21, 2018 2:42 pm

To me, it looks and smells like an attempt to con people into coughing up money that they don’t owe. Nonbinding means ‘do NOT have to pay’.

They’re like those bums at the entry doors to the train station, standing around with their hands out, unwilling to work but they want you to give them a dollar or so. My response was always “Not in the blue-eyed world will you get a tiny red cent out of me.”

Zig Zag Wanderer
Reply to  Robber
December 21, 2018 2:58 pm

Ha ha!

I can forsee a great Little Jack Horner cartoon from Josh in our future!

Mr Green Genes
December 22, 2018 12:13 pm

Tragically we in the UK (or at least our political “leaders”) are still fully wedded to the group think. Those “leaders” are still trying as hard as they can to keep us in the EU.

I have my gillet jaune ready for when reality hits us

December 23, 2018 8:54 am

Get yourself a bucket of water and a heat gun, fire the heat at the surface of the water, you will find that the the water will not accept physical heat through its surface due to a force called surface tension. AGW is complete nonsense.

Jim Whelan
December 23, 2018 9:24 am

“Will civilization descend into another dark age?” Al Gore bellowed. “I’m getting worked up early.”

Since his goal seems to be to get the world into another dark age (literally and figuratively) as soon as possible it’s a good thing that he’s “worked up”.

December 23, 2018 11:10 pm

“Will civilization descend into another dark age ?” Yes, if people follow climate con artists back to cave dweller
status . Ice free Arctic , earth has a fever … and now descent into a dark age ? 2019 ‘s new marketing slogan .
The climate con game is a globalist attempt to put most of the worlds population into poverty and servitude .
hollow out the middle class , one world government (communism ) and a massive depopulation campaign done civilly of course .
Go yellow vests ! Show them lying and fleecing tax payers has consequences .

John Endicott
December 24, 2018 8:54 am

“Will civilization descend into another dark age?” Al Gore bellowed

It will if you and your fellow charlatans have your way. Replacing cheap, stable, reliable energy with expensive, intermittent, unreliable wind & solar will only result it the lights (and heat) going out in the developed world and server to keep the lights and heat from ever coming on in the developing world.

December 24, 2018 8:53 pm

It was thumbs up for more all expense paid virtue signaling conferences .
I know this is as sad as Trump winning for some but humans are not about to set the earths thermostat ….ever .
Should the less shit hole countries stop exporting those dirty fossil fuels , preserve their reserves ,
and make the green pretenders day by causing massive population destruction ? Isn’t that the goal ?
OK that and a new tax base for one world government promoters and bags of cash for climate conmen .

More than 3 times the number of fuel poverty deaths each year in the UK than the total loses in 9/11 and what do we hear from MSM . Oh Melania Trump decorated with red Christmas trees .
Do we really deserve the world according to people so intellectually challenged as Don Lemon ?

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