Former COP26 chief says there is ‘question mark’ over event taking place

Looks like things aren’t going smoothly leading up to COP26

From The Herald

THE COP26 climate change conference due to take place in Glasgow in November may not go ahead because of a lack of progress in lead-up talks, its former chief has said.

Claire O’Neill said there was now a “question mark” over whether the two-week event at the SEC would take place as planned or be delayed.

She also urged the leaders of the G7 countries meeting in Cornwalll this week to set the right tone, given the urgency of the climate crisis, to help ensure the Cop took place.

Ms O’Neil, a former energy minister formerly known by her married name as Claire Perry, was nominated as Cop26 president in September 2019.

However Boris Johnson sacked her a few months later in order to install a serving minister in the role, giving it to then business secretary Alok Sharma. 

Speaking to BBC Scotland’s Sunday Show, Ms O’Neill the 198 parties to the Cop were currently in virtual negotiations, but were failing to advance as required. 

She said: “The reason for Cop to happen is a series of negotiations which have to happen in 198 directions, and they are not as focused as people would expect on this enormous climate emergency and the need for really rapid action.

It’s coming down to the wire.

“I’m hearing from very reliable sources that at the end of this virtual negotiation period, the parties, the 198 parties, will decide whether they’ve made enough progress to go ahead in Glasgow. And of course there is then a question about in-person or virtual [attendance], because some countries find the idea of virtual negotiations to be very difficult.

And of course the obligatory: WE MUST DO THIS!

She also said it would be a “terrible mistake” if the negotiators chose to delay the Cop to hold face-to-face meetings rather than do some parts virtually. 

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June 9, 2021 2:09 am

“…because some countries find the idea of virtual negotiations to be very difficult.“

If COP can obtain hookers and enough blow these “some” countries are good to go.

Reply to  Derg
June 9, 2021 4:45 am

They could still be virtual – just send the hookers to the delegates

Mumbles McGuirck
Reply to  Redge
June 9, 2021 5:37 am

Apparently, you’ve never seen Glasgow hookers. They don’t travel well.

Reply to  Mumbles McGuirck
June 9, 2021 10:00 am

That’ll upset Gregor Townsend

Rich Davis
June 9, 2021 2:23 am

Someone finally checked what the weather is like in Glasgow in November, I reckon.

Reply to  Rich Davis
June 9, 2021 2:28 am

More the problem that the free money from USA is off the table. It is an impossible sell if Corona Virus damages are off the table.

Reply to  LdB
June 9, 2021 9:37 am

Coronavirus damages sound like a great idea, but would have to come from China, wouldn’t they?

Reply to  jdgalt1
June 9, 2021 5:44 pm


Rich Davis
Reply to  Rich Davis
June 9, 2021 2:34 am

Ave high 9C, low 5C, rain 16 days out of 30. Sounds like negotiations will require an 8 month delay so that they can get to July conditions of 19C high/13C low and only 12 days of rain out of 31. Maybe they will have a brutal heat wave into the low twenties with any luck and Al Gore stays away.

Bill Toland
Reply to  Rich Davis
June 9, 2021 4:42 am

In Glasgow, we know that summer has arrived when the rain gets warmer.

Jeff Alberts
Reply to  Rich Davis
June 9, 2021 8:53 am

Ave high 9C, low 5C, rain 16 days out of 30.”

Sounds like Seattle.

Right-Handed Shark
June 9, 2021 2:24 am

I would think the delegates by now have found what to expect from the weather in Glasgow in November, and fear that it would be a greater climate emergency.

Dennis G Sandberg
June 9, 2021 2:34 am

Germany not adding any offshore wind this year, the first year since 2011. More onshore wind installed there in 2017, than the following years combined. Delaying the May 2021 wind auction, while at the same time announcing that The Nord Stream II natural gas pipeline from Russia will be flowing yet this year, brings into question German’s position on the severity of the “climate crisis”.
China, this year announcing that they “have no choice” that wind and solar are intermittent and unreliable and they must rely on coal expansion for the next five years may be another indicator of their lack of a sense of urgency.
The best hope for Glasgow is the less than wise about energy current USA Administration and it’s economy wrecking “green new deal”. Hopefully that’s not enough. It seems Germany and China are belatedly taking a realistic approach to climate and energy. The rest of the world should be so wise and end these climate conference charades immediately IMHO.

Reply to  Dennis G Sandberg
June 9, 2021 3:42 am

The Great Reset is Prince Charles’ copyright. The Green New Deal is from Mark Carney, ex-Bank of England boss now at the UN. Germany’s Great Transformation is from Sir John Schellnhuber, knighted for his efforts. The Pope’s prayer to Gaia, Laudato Si is also from Sir John.
The Wuhan WHO investigation was run by Daszak of Britain where EcoHealth Alliance sprung from Jersey’s 46 wildlife trusts.

Reply to  Dennis G Sandberg
June 9, 2021 4:52 am

The June 10th annular eclipse (Tomorrow) will have an effect on the German power grid.

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Although it is expected to have a more modest impact than 2015’s solar eclipse across Europe — which reduced output by 15GW in a country that can need up to 80 GW of power on winter days — Germany’s four high-voltage grid operators, or TSOs, must keep the grids in balance because large amounts of power cannot be stored.

Tom Abbott
Reply to  yirgach
June 9, 2021 6:13 am

At least Germany has France to supply them nuclear-powered electricity, when the wind doesn’t blow and the Sun doesn’t shine.

Germany would be in a world of hurt if it couldn’t depend on surrounding countries to make up for the German grid’s inability to supply its citizens with all the electricity they need.

Germany’s “renewables” fixation is leading the nation down the Road to Ruin. Apparently, Germany’s leadership is oblivious to the damage they are doing to their own country. Delusional.

Reply to  Tom Abbott
June 9, 2021 6:48 am

NordStream I will be finished soon, even Biden accepts. So it not so obvious what is going on.
Anyway President Putin made some very cogent remarks on that overly expensive and uncompetitive US fracking recently at SPIE.
Ukraine must as expected go on the back burner, at the end of the queue, much to Zelensky’s chagrin. The old pipeline contract will run alongside.
Ukraine’s siphoning of 2009 was a bridge too far….

Reply to  Tom Abbott
June 9, 2021 1:22 pm

Crash test dummies

June 9, 2021 2:53 am

May I recommend an obvious alternative venue for COP 26 (or for next year’s COP 27).
In the hamlet of Wayne in the Alberta Badlands in the picturesque Rosebud River Valley, the Rosedeer Hotel is currently for sale.
The sale price is a steal at CAN $925,000.
Included with the sale of the Hotel is the adjacent “Last Chance Saloon”, the final remaining business of Wayne and a relic from the once bustling coal-mining town of more than a century ago.
Need I say more?

Pat from kerbob
Reply to  Herbert
June 9, 2021 7:50 pm

Will have to swing thru there next time
I usually take 56 to 10 then east on 570 to sask.

Will detour

Thanks for that Herbert

High Treason
June 9, 2021 2:56 am

They fear a visit from Lord Monckton. They would be only too aware that it is almost down the road for him to make an appearance. Besides, with all the travel restrictions, they are going to have a hard time recruiting enough hookers, so there would be a lot of unhappy junketeers.

Reply to  High Treason
June 9, 2021 4:23 am

Volunteers are lining up to give them jabs.

Cheshire Red
Reply to  Scissor
June 9, 2021 1:11 pm

Blow jabs?

June 9, 2021 2:57 am

If we have a Paris Agreement why do we need a COP26?

Reply to  Chaamjamal
June 9, 2021 6:52 am

Why? To support the “Full Employment For Hookers” UN Resolution that passed in… someone help me out here; what year was that?

Crispin Pemberton-Pigott
Reply to  Chaamjamal
June 9, 2021 11:48 am

A major purpose of COP 26 is to establish the new rules for carbon trading. The holdup has been, at root, the fact that the rich countries got the major share of all carbon traded products (measured in CER’s or Certified Emission Reductions certificates) and the poor countries got crumbs.

The ‘climate justice’ idea gained adherents with a demand for a “set-aside” meaning poor countries got a guaranteed chance to earn such credits. It took almost the whole of the Kyoto Protocol’s run to get them benefitting, and that only happened because of extremely lax rues about what constituted a “fraction of non-renewable biomass” (fNRB) and even then, mostly through the Gold Standard facility, not CDM.

The new fNRB calculation method (which is much stricter and realistic) came into force in late Nov 2019 and no one wants to use it because it cuts benefits (CER’s) by a factor of as much as 20-fold (in the case of Ecuador). Brazil is insisting that contracts already in place be honoured, while the Paris Agreement insists all contracts be re-calculated using the new method. If Brazil caves, they will lose billions per year for their on-going Amazon projects. They stalled it in June 2 years ago, again in September, again at the COP meeting and they are still stalling it now. The Third World is lining up behind them. No surprise to hear there is no progress.

So while the rich nations are demanding the USA provide $100 bn a year for climate harm (basically) they are also insisting that the rules by which the poor countries have finally leaned to play, be changed to cut off most of the benefit which was centered around the fNRB calculation of CDM credits (which was generous/loose/fake/a gift).

As the big rich countries use the most fossil fuel, it is easiest for them to generate offsets/savings, obviously. That way future money flows will remain internal. Absent a fair international economic system, the exploited deplorables are digging in.

Reply to  Crispin Pemberton-Pigott
June 9, 2021 7:28 pm

Well, somebody had to be the straight man.

Good comment, Crispin. Hadn’t thought about all the nuances of the money-grubbing countries vs. the ‘rich’ countries.

Crispin Pemberton-Pigott
Reply to  H.R.
June 9, 2021 10:19 pm

Thanks, HR

Something you will not hear in the press is WHY there is no progress, why the meetings are getting nowhere and why they want to meet in person. It is not the prostitutes in the alleyways who plan to make hay, it is their development organisation equivalents who will be flattening the mattresses.

The key sections of the Paris Agreement that are worth following are articles 6.2 and 6.4. Also 6.6 gets a look in but is not as consequential. No developing country like El Salvador can afford to have a significant source of external funding be lost through forced contract renegotiating.

My view is that the public should be better informed about the content and sticking points of these negotiations so the discussion about wealth distribution by fair means is not undercut by those with private or other reasons. One way the western world could create peaceful conditions is to have a fairer deal. I am not saying equal outcomes, just equal opportunities. There are some seriously bad actors in the world and as a group we should bring them to heel. Poor countries get ripped off with impunity by rich ones all the time. People are educated enough to realise this. The deal has to change.

Climate believer
June 9, 2021 2:59 am

Yes, it would be such a shame if it got cancelled, considering how effective all the others were.

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Bill Toland
Reply to  Climate believer
June 9, 2021 5:31 am

From the graph, it looks like every climate agreement causes an increase in co2 levels. We have to cancel cop26 immediately to save the planet!

Dudley Horscroft
Reply to  Bill Toland
June 9, 2021 11:51 pm

No. The first one at Rio apparently caused a slowing, but the next one at Berlin meant the CO2 resumed going up again. The lockdown may have caused another slow down in the rate of CO2 increase, but we could have done without the misery. Have they perhaps realized that the levelling off of CO2 increase means the last years misery will be increased 10 fold? Enough to mean they abandon all future COP conferences?

Bruce Cobb
June 9, 2021 3:16 am

Awwww, trouble in Climate Liar Land? I think I can scare up a tear for them.

Joseph Zorzin
Reply to  Bruce Cobb
June 9, 2021 4:11 am

Bolsheviks vs Mensheviks

June 9, 2021 3:26 am

I think they should go ahead in person, and be eaten alive by Highland Midges. Far worse than mosquito’s.
Some would say there is a Midge boom because Climate Change..

Mumbles McGuirck
Reply to  bonbon
June 9, 2021 5:48 am

I thought “Highland Midges” was a nickname for Glasgow hookers. You mean they bite?!

Reply to  Mumbles McGuirck
June 9, 2021 6:49 am

Worse than the Canadian Blackfly.

Reply to  bonbon
June 9, 2021 8:09 am

I’ve personally experienced the dreadful blackfly in Canada’s NWT.
They have some kind of an anesthetic in their bite, so you can’t feel them.
Also an anti-coagulant, so the only why you know you have been bitten is to see the blood running.
Scars on my arms were visible two years latter.
There a lot of bothersome bugs in that territor, the blackfly is the worst.

Bill Toland
Reply to  Mumbles McGuirck
June 9, 2021 6:54 am

Highland midges are bloodsucking little monsters. Strangely, they appear to bite some people more than others. Unfortunately, they seem to love the taste of my blood.

June 9, 2021 3:53 am

Well, they will be prevented from going out wining and dining and enjoy themselves at our expense, so what’s the point of it?
Think of it from their point of view.

Reply to  Sparko
June 9, 2021 4:47 am

I’m sure they’ll miss the delights of a deep-fried mars bar

Bill Toland
Reply to  Redge
June 9, 2021 4:57 am

Don’t insult our national dish.

Reply to  Bill Toland
June 9, 2021 10:02 am

I thought your national dish was Sturgeon 🤣🤣🤣

June 9, 2021 4:04 am

snippet of Scomo downunder stating our goals are fine the co2 scam…err plans are fine and we arent changing anything
sounded ok to me;-)
canning the lot of the co2 scam would sound better i admit

Kevin kilty
Reply to  ozspeaksup
June 9, 2021 8:45 am

Caning would be better.

mark from the midwest
June 9, 2021 4:07 am

Funny that they call it “virtual negotiation.” A negotiation is a negotiation. Maybe the real problem is that when you strip away the social aspects of a conference and are forced to deal with the subject matter they find they are unbale to reach a common ground and arrive at an outcome where all parties are “better off,” because with climate action all parties end up “worse off.”

Reply to  mark from the midwest
June 9, 2021 6:50 am

Looks like Brexit negotiations broke down again – was it also virtual?

Reply to  mark from the midwest
June 9, 2021 8:00 am

When Mark Zuckerberg can discover how to transmit alcohol over FB, the social aspects of the “negotiations” will be resolved..

Bruce Cobb
June 9, 2021 4:53 am

Uh-ohs, whatever will they do with all the extra haggis they were planning to force uponserve attendees? It’s a travesty.

Mumbles McGuirck
Reply to  Bruce Cobb
June 9, 2021 5:52 am

Haggis. Reason enough to cancel.

Mumbles McGuirck
Reply to  Bruce Cobb
June 9, 2021 5:54 am

Mike Meyers, “It’s as if all of Scottish cuisine is based on a dare.”

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June 9, 2021 4:59 am

Should this latest session of the people’s assembly not go ahead, the most enjoyable thing will be the reaction of Jimmy Kranky (aka Nicola Sturgeon).

The resemblance is uncanny. The accent faultless.

June 9, 2021 5:24 am

a COP out?

The Dark Lord
June 9, 2021 5:30 am

virutal virtue signaling just doesn’t have the same appeal …

Walter Sobchak
June 9, 2021 6:43 am

Who wouldn’t want to boondogle in Glasgow in November. At leat they had the good sense to pick Madrid the last time. This wouldn’t be a problem if they picked a resort area with good entertainment and weather.

Coeur de Lion
June 9, 2021 7:01 am

I’m having difficulty remembering what happened at COP19. And COP21 . And COP 24. And COP17. And COP25 even! But I do remember the Copenhagen event where an economist decided that 2.0degsC should be kept under and the frightful hockey stick scandal was exposed to the embarrassment of the IPCC which previously had it plastered on Noticeboards. Can’t recall which COP number tho’.

June 9, 2021 7:45 am

I suspect the biggest issue is of the 198 probably 170-80 of them are expecting to get payed money whilst the rest are being asked to ruin their economies whilst forking out big sums to the other 180 freeloaders who’s only requirement is to be classified as a developing country.
Whilst that small number of countries have some pretty dumb and compromised leaders even they realise the deal is not very palatable.

June 9, 2021 7:57 am

“Ms O’Neill [said] the 198 parties to the Cop were currently in virtual negotiations, but were failing to advance as required.”

Keep them all in after school and make them write their lines out a 100 times marm and if they don’t then stick them in the naughty corner. 

David A
Reply to  observa
June 10, 2021 1:55 am

Well I guess virtual negotiations should result in payments with virtual money, about the only kind left anymore.

CD in Wisconsin
June 9, 2021 8:26 am

“……and they are not as focused as people would expect on this enormous climate emergency and the need for really rapid action.”

It’s not just a climate emergency anymore. Now it’s an ENORMOUS climate emergency.

Funny I’m having a hard time seeing the enormity of it. In fact, I’m having a hard time seeing it at all.

If COP26 takes place but fails, there is always COP27 and COP28 and COP29 AND COP30 and….

Reply to  CD in Wisconsin
June 9, 2021 8:56 am

As a group, greenish people themselves tend to be unfocused.

Frank from NoVA
June 9, 2021 9:06 am

It would be nice if the US had a chance to host this junket. How about COP Fargo?

Reply to  Frank from NoVA
June 9, 2021 3:23 pm

Fairbanks in January might even be better.

June 9, 2021 9:13 am

Political donations are lagging at this point so they need a good shaking of more money trees before the event can get the green light.

June 9, 2021 9:17 am

Michael Moore has reserved a room there.

June 9, 2021 9:22 am

She was useless when she was Claire Perry. She is equally useless now she is Claire O’Neil.

June 9, 2021 9:35 am

About the only reason I could see to hold this conference would be to give an honest review of the (lack of) significant damage we’ve already suffered as a result of not following all the emergency recommendations from COP 1 through 25.

It seems unlikely they’re that honest, so maybe we should do it for them.

Bruce Cobb
June 9, 2021 2:11 pm

They really should have COP26 at Hogwarts. With CO2’s magical powers, and their uncanny abilities to conjure up all manner of climate ghosts, ghouls, and goblins, it would be super duper.

Craig from Oz
June 9, 2021 8:11 pm

Poor Greta.

How Dare They not allow her another chance to pout in public.

Not sure about Scotland, but she is above the legal public drinking age under Australian law. My guess is she will be itching to go on a bender… I mean pout in public some more.

June 9, 2021 10:23 pm

Claire O’Neill: “…this enormous climate emergency and the need for really rapid action.”

Garbage in her head, garbage out of her mouth.

June 10, 2021 10:37 am

It’s always ‘coming down to the wire’ and ever since 1990, but heck the world is still here and do you begin to think that meeting up is just the thing really? Gawd, and so many salaries to pay, they’ve gotta be seen together doin’ noffink. Time to bin the UN climastrophe charade, erm actually time to bin the UN.

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