Japan minister: Paris accord under threat if coronavirus trumps climate change

Guest essay by Eric Worrall

It is looking increasingly likely the fake emergency Paris Agreement will be finished off by the need to address a real problem.

Japan minister: Paris accord under threat if coronavirus trumps climate change

Kiyoshi TakenakaRitsuko Shimizu

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese Environment Minister Shinjiro Koizumi warned on Monday that the Paris climate accord could face death if steps to fight global warming were put on the backburner to facilitate the economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.

Many economists and policymakers are forecasting a steep global recession this year as countries are forced into lockdowns to contain the spread of the coronavirus, curtailing business activity in a major blow to jobs and incomes. 

“It would virtually mean the death of the Paris accord if we gave priority unconditionally to economic recovery, while neglecting the environment,” Koizumi told Reuters in an interview. 

“No one at the environment ministry disagrees that the economy is important. We just would like to behave in a way that ensures the environment will never be left behind,” said Koizumi.

Read more: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-climate-change-japan/japan-minister-paris-accord-under-threat-if-coronavirus-trumps-climate-change-idUSKCN21V13T

Greens slammed Japan’s “increased ambition” submission for COP26 as a copy and paste of their previous position. Though credit for getting their homework in ahead of time, China plans to delay their submission until after the 2020 US Presidential Election.

53 thoughts on “Japan minister: Paris accord under threat if coronavirus trumps climate change

  1. “China plans to delay their submission until after the 2020 US Presidential Election.”

    It looks like China knows that it’s all political and will even admit it.

    • Hopefully we will realise we no longer need such pointless positions as “minister for climate change” and these posts can be removed from govt.

      • Monty Python came up with a Ministry of Silly Walks sketch. More useful than one for cwoimurt choinge.

    • China simply understands that the Earth isn’t warming or, if it is slightly, it has nothing to do with CO2. They are laughing their socks off at the West, destroying its own industry on the word of corrupt scientists, illiterate politicians, and a demented and much abused child.

      • Ugh, lots of snow and record cold for April in Colorado the past few days and all of the ski resorts have been closed. This is just weather of course but the cold broke records going back almost 80 years. Unlike the one day heat wave in Perth, this cold wave is sticking around a few days.

        • It’s been like that in Tahoe too. As soon as the resorts closed, it started dumping after it had been relatively dry for most of February. OpenSnow even stopped reporting conditions for the resorts in order to keep people from poaching.

          I retired to be a ski bum and moved from California to the Reno area so I could be close to Tahoe. Less than 2 weeks after I moved into my new house, the resorts all shut down. Otherwise, my timing has been perfect. I’d be completely hosed if I was trying to sell my old house in this environment.

          • Hey, neighbor, glad to have YOU here. Always worried about California ex-pats, but you wouldn’t fall in that category.

            Always loved the sign at my local (Sparks) Pack-N-Post: “We don’t CARE how they do it in California!”

    • CO2isnotevil: Same quote, “China plans to delay their submission until after the 2020 US Presidential Election.” But we know their submission- reduce emissions by pandemic-caused GND.

  2. This article also applies to the USA, the UK and other Western democracies.

    Why are the US Democrats and other governments acting like climate-and-energy lunatics?
    Because they are paid traitors – no rational person could be this stupid for this long.

    Regards, Allan

    FERNANDO: A QUESTION OF LOYALTY
    Published Apr.13.2020
    WE MUST DISCOVER WHICH OF OUR ‘LEADERS’ ARE LOYAL TO CANADA, AND WHICH ARE LOYAL TO THE CHINESE COMMUNIST PARTY
    By Spencer Fernando, Exclusive to the National Citizens Coalition
    http://www.nationalcitizens.ca/fernando_a_question_of_loyalty_canada_ccp?
    [excerpt]

    Disloyalty to the country.

    It’s something we’ve rarely discussed in contemporary politics, with some feeling that the era of people betraying their own nation to a foreign power is long over.

    But now, we’re discovering that the issue of loyalty is more important than ever before.

    Amid the ongoing Coronavirus Crisis, which has cost countless lives, devastated our economy, and restricted our freedom more than any crisis in recent history, we are witnessing the unimaginable damage wrought by the lies, deception, and viciousness of the Chinese Communist Party.

    The CCP (an organization founded upon the deaths of millions) first victimized the Chinese People. As you know, the initial suppression of Coronavirus information by the CCP (who jailed doctors and journalists) let the virus spread in China, and that – combined with the lies of the CCP & the CCP-controlled WHO – let the virus spread around the world, including here in Canada.

    Now, much of the failed response has been what we unfortunately have come to expect from government: Incompetence, short-sightedness, vanity, political correctness, and a lack of imagination or common sense.

    However, the willingness of some of Canada’s supposed ‘leaders’ to follow the corrupted WHO rather than take action to protect Canadians raises some very disturbing questions.

    And to get a sense of what those disturbing questions are, we need to think about what our close ally Australia has experienced when it comes to CCP Infiltration of their country.

    Duncan Lewis, the former head of Australia’s intelligence agency, has warned that China is attempting to “take over” Australia’s political system.

    As reported by the Guardian, “The retired Asio chief Duncan Lewis has reportedly warned that the Chinese government is seeking to use “insidious” foreign interference operations to “take over” Australia’s political system.

    Anyone in office could be a target and the strategy’s full impact might not be apparent for decades, Lewis is reported to have told the political journal Quarterly Essay.”

    • “other governments” are “paid traitors”? Whole governments?

      “much of the failed response has been what we unfortunately have come to expect from government: Incompetence, short-sightedness, vanity, political correctness, and a lack of imagination or common sense.”

      There is one stand-out example of this.

      • That’s right, Loydo, and it looks like it’s Japan. Due to the China/Covid-19 “pandemic” the CAGW crowd, Paris Accord signers et al, got the reduction of fossil fuel utilization they wanted, even demanded, and now they complain about it? That makes the Paris Accord look like a political agreement and not an environmental one. Looks like USA, with guidance from President Trump, was the only country to be smart enough to withdraw from the Paris Accord, recognizing it for what it is: a stupid political alliance against Capitalism.

      • “…Whole governments?…”

        Even 3rd graders would understand. Yet you have to ask the question.

        • You assume that I’m dumber than a 3rd grader Michael but don’t bother to explain to me what it means. Please explain.

    • TDS reinforced by a corrupt media is the underlying reason for the insanity of Democrats. To a large extent this brain disease has also infected much of the world owing to the same media bias. Unfortunately, the immune system can’t promote the healing of a mental deficiency resulting from the constant exposure to lies and misinformation.

  3. And in U.K. we have lost the entertainment of COP26 which was going to be marvellous fun to watch.

    • It would indeed have been fun to watch how the partygoers would fare in a city like Glasgow. In particular when the locals are not freally riendly.

    • There seem to be optimal ranges for virus transmission and survival. Look at Canada and the Northern U.S., both of which are on the cold side of that optimum.

  4. Dryer lint is a greater threat than ‘man made’ climate change. Dryer lint is verifiable reality…. ‘man made’ climate change, not so much.

    • The dryer lint deniers, heavily funded by Big Laundry Appliances, will be coming on here, trashing your perfectly sound theory J Mac and, no doubt, your extensive, robust data which really should be published in Nature Dryer Lint Change. With more carbon in the atmosphere the dryer lint crisis is already worse than we thought. It’s simple physics.

      • You’re right Phil! It’s a crisis. Shut the economy down until this threat is resolved, because Physics!

        On a reality based note, this is the time of year when I put bits of dryer lint out where the birds can access it for nest lining, if they like. Some use it… some don’t.

        • Yes; twice I’ve seen a hummingbird poke its beak into the dryer vent on the outside wall of my garage to get some lint for nest-building. Benefits of adding dryer lint to the environment!

    • Yes but Dryer Lint is not proven to be ‘Man Made’.

      Instead it is created naturally via a process scientists like to refer to as the ‘Spin Cycle’.

      Any talk about ‘pre industrial lint’ is deflection created by lint alarmists how have manipulated the historical soap ring record to support their own agendas.

      Don’t trust them. Follow the money. Big Clothesline is secretly funding this to prop up the peg market.

      Honest!

      Belly Button Fluff on the other hand? That stuff is a serious threat!

  5. You all know how much it affects the decision of trump to abandon the project, now due to this crisis has started to take action … well I hope to see what happens to the world.

    Full movies

  6. “Japanese Environment Minister Shinjiro Koizumi warned on Monday that the Paris climate accord could face death if steps to fight global warming …… ”

    Well it is a great excuse to exit the fiasco without calling it a fiasco.

    “It would virtually mean the death of the Paris accord if we gave priority unconditionally to economic recovery, while neglecting the environment,”

    ……. Yes Minister, you are allowed to conflate the phony CO2 “crisis” with “the environment” in this instance.

  7. I wish I could be sure as some of the recent contributors to WUWT that COVID has seen off the entire climate scam, but it sure doesn’t look like that to me. There is an endless stream of the politico-greens coming up like boils all over the media saying COVID proves we have to act on climate (please, I don’t even want to contemplate the mental process in the utter stupidity required to make that link) and it is being relentlessly promoted by the usual suspects.
    I hope I am wrong, but it seems to me the eco-wallies intend to carry on as imperviously immune to fact and reason as ever. After all, they have huge money, title and reputation staked on their cargo cult.

    • MCoEA , Ithink that you have called it correctly . Far from the current emergency extinguishing the AGW hysteria it is actually reinforcing it. The resrictions on goods that can be bought (police decide , with no democratic debate, what is or isn’t essential) , bans on travel , shutting down of manufacturing and any places of entertainment or refreshment are all parts of the green deal to which so many councils in England are signed up .
      The alarmists can point to all these measures and say , with justification, that they have the overwhelming support of the population , so why not continue them indefinitely in order to eliminate the climate problem completely.
      Add the fact that the author of the Climate Change Act , the greatest suicide note in English history, Ed Milliband , is just one election away from assuming power over the economy and life style of the entire nation for , probably , decades and the note of pessimism and caution that you have introduced into this debate is more than justified , wrt to UK crtainly and probably the US as well..

      • They won’t have ‘the overwhelming support of the population’ for long if they become permanent. In fact, if they try to push that, it’s likely politicians would find themselves ‘supported by the population’ in a rather less comfortable manner.

        Corona-Chan hasn’t put an end to the climate scam, but it’s certainly put a stake through its heart.

  8. It is more likely that China’s handling of the epidemic is business as usual rather than anything particularly sinister. One predictable reaction is that some bureaucrats would be thrown under the bus.

    Somebody was always going to be for the chop following the shambolic early handling of the coronavirus emergency.

    Possibly sensing that his own head was already on the block, the mayor of Wuhan, Zhou Xianwang, said the reason it took so long to warn the public about the virus was that he didn’t have clearance from above.

    Clearance from above? That could mean permission from the provincial party secretary. It could also be interpreted that he was directing the blame all the way to Beijing.

    Now that can mean either China’s top leaders are partly at fault; or the Communist Party’s governance structures need to be overhauled; or the mayor is wrong – that is, he is the one who ultimately should carry the blame.
    link

    It seems that some officials didn’t want to go into shutdown mode because they were afraid of an crippling the economy. link When the upper echelon of the party in Beijing realized what was going on, they reacted swiftly. By that time the disease had spread far and wide in China.

    What I am seeing from this is the power of public opinion in China. That would be a surprise to those who think of China as a communist dictatorship. For sure it is unwise for Chinese citizens to get political. On the other hand, the government is not blind to the righteous anger of the people.

    • People like mayor Zhou are rightly afraid to make decisions because they know that if they make the wrong one, it could be their last. This also leads to a tendency to hide bad news.

      Top down command and control makes it plausible that the upper echelons weren’t fully aware of the true picture emerging in Wuhan until it was late.

  9. “It would virtually mean the death of the Paris accord if we gave priority unconditionally to economic recovery…”

    Good. That abomination should die. The sooner the better.

  10. It sounds like he’s lamenting the fact, rather than just shrugging it off as an also ran.If they can find any way at all, to keep the Climate flame burning, they will embrace it. As ”Moderately…” says, it still pops up in the media from time to time. They understand that when the virus crisis is finished, they need to have a pet crisis they can rely on. This is only a pause, and we know what alarmists think of that.

    Eamon

  11. 14 Apr: Reuters: European politicians, CEOs, lawmakers urge green coronavirus recovery
    by Gabriela Baczynska, Kate Abnett
    BRUSSELS – European politicians, companies, lawmakers and activists called on Tuesday for green investment to restart growth after the coronavirus pandemic, saying fighting climate change and promoting biodiversity would rebuild stronger economies…

    With EU leaders due to meet next week to discuss the recovery plan, a group of 180 political decision-makers, business leaders, trade unions, campaign groups and think tanks urged the bloc to adopt green stimulus measures…
    Signatories included ministers from 10 countries from Italy to Luxembourg, 79 EU lawmakers, and chief executives from L’Oreal’s (OREP.PA) Jean-Paul Agon to IKEA’s Jesper Brodin and Danone’s (DANO.PA) Emmanuel Faber…

    Ten EU countries, joined by Germany, France and Greece over the weekend, have signed a separate open letter urging the EU to ensure its rescue package supports the Green Deal…
    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-climatechange-reco/european-politicians-ceos-lawmakers-urge-green-coronavirus-recovery-idUSKCN21W0F2

    • the EU as it stands mightnt make it through the covid debts and aftermath, looking rocky even before and before brexit as well, thats why they didnt want UK out
      they needed the financial input.
      all of the companies named above are also going to be hit by present events and ongoing, so they can sign n say what they choose to
      reality however? may be different;-)

      no nation with 10% or worse unemployment(expected at the least) for a few yrs even more homeless or severely disenfranchised populace, with trillions in handouts/debt is going to be able to eep subsidising or supporting these useless schemes research and fluff while REAL needs and real people apply pressure to get a semblenceof normailty returning tosociety.

  12. Social Changes with COVID-19 are a prelude to life with less fossil fuels. With COVID-19 we’ve seen extensive self-imposed social adjustments to transportation that are very similar to what will be required to live with less fossil fuels in the future. As we weed ourselves from unrestrained use of oil, we’ll need to lower our demands from the transportation infrastructures and the leisure and entertainment industries to the best of their abilities to conserve oil for where its most needed for society, to make the thousands of products that support lifestyles as well as worldwide sustainable economic development. https://www.cfact.org/2020/03/11/social-changes-with-covid-19-are-a-prelude-to-life-with-less-fossil-fuels/

  13. Attached/linked are ECDC & WHO data graphics for 4/14/20.
    https://www.linkedin.com/posts/nicholas-schroeder-55934820_fakenews-propaganda-coronavirus-activity-6655838927297011712-OWTm

    Fifteen countries account for 83% of the cases and 93% of the deaths. If you caught CoVid-19 in one of these chances are relatively higher that you would be hospitalized or dead.

    That’s not global and that’s not pandemic, it’s a first world personal problem for a few overly-developed countries wealthy enough to keep the too old and too sick too close together for too long until the Grim Reaper has had enough and declares it time to go.

    The MSM message should have been “Your chances of getting and dying from CoVid-19 are very low so practice good hygiene and chill out.” instead of “WE’RE ALL GOING TO DDDDIIIEEE!!!!!!! and it’s ALL Trump’s fault!!””

    The lying, rabble rousing, fact free, fake news MSM propaganda machine stampeded the public and politicians into the overreaction, panic buying, economic shutdowns and social distancing clown show to torpedo Trump’s reelection.

    Remember that come November.

  14. It is a forced move that politicians, on mass, are going to run away from the green stinky mess.

    Dying people is very sad. Fortunately there are more people.

    Dying companies in our country is, sort of, a threat to our standard of life…. as serious as a fire in very city

    The fake news is anti industry, so they have not noticed the fires.

    EU Carbon market is in free fall. Broke companies cannot pay taxes for green junk.

    Broke companies need money.

    Delingpole: Coronavirus Is Killing the European Union’s Carbon Trading Market.

    https://www.breitbart.com/europe/2020/04/08/coronavirus-is-killing-the-eus-carbon-trading-market/

    “When businesses are in trouble one of the first things they do is seek to slash unnecessary costs.”

    German car sales have plummeted to their lowest level in three decades.

    https://www.visualcapitalist.com/global-flight-capacity-coronavirus/

    Western European Airline flights are down, 86%, in Western Europe from 18.6 million/day in January, 2020 to 2.5 million/day April 6,..

  15. Hi Travellers,

    Australia, in my opinion, will not be able to afford the continuing folly of pretending to believe that we are a part of the Paris Accord. We went from hard charging Labour/Greens (Democrat scum) particularly here in South Australia to the softly-softly approach of the pseudo-socialist Liberals (Republican if you will). There is an opportunity to bring back technology and manufacturing in Australia to get it out of China’s loving embrace but that will require REAL energy not feel-good energy and that, in my mind, looks a lot like Christmas (nukes).

    Stay Safe,

    Andy

    • Marshall needs to be given some better advisers that carefully and clearly explain to him that home battery storage is complete bollocks.

      Still, at least we are home to the Australian space programme. Ya! Take that Eastern States!

    • I disagree, and I disagree to the point that we will have to have the recession of recessions for this to become clear to “leaders”. In Australia we are 2nd behind the US in private, mortgage, debt. Most people rent. Most people have to work two jobs to pay that rent. Millions have been made unemployed. This leads one way, and one way only.

      The company I work for shed all casuals and contractors, ALL of them! It mandated a 4 day working week for “permanent” staff with a commensurate 20% cut in pay. This is not going to go well. And I thought 2019 could not have been worse for me.

      • Indeed. My sister often asks “how can people afford that” whenever she sees the latest excess du jour. And I always respond “debt, lots and lots of debt”. And I’m not half joking. All too many people spend well beyond their means. Hopefully the financial struggles such people find themselves with during the current situation serves as a wake up call, but with free money from the government, I suspect not.

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