Portrait of Vladimir Putin, Source kremlin.ru, Author Russian Presidential Press and Information Office

Russian President Putin Another COP26 No Show

Guest essay by Eric Worrall

Perhaps President Putin is too busy arranging more fossil fuel supplies for energy starved Britain, Europe and China?

COP26: Russia’s Vladimir Putin will not attend climate summit

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin will not attend the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow, the Kremlin said on Wednesday. 

No reason was given for the decision not to attend, but a Kremlin spokesperson said climate change was an “important” priority for Russia. 

COP26 takes place in Scotland’s largest city from 31 October to 12 November.

Russia’s decision is seen as a blow to efforts to get leaders to negotiate a new deal to stall rising global temperatures.

“Unfortunately, Putin will not fly to Glasgow,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters, adding that climate change was “one of our foreign policy’s most important priorities”.

When asked about Mr Putin’s decision, a spokesman for Boris Johnson said the UK prime minister had previously strongly encouraged leaders to attend “given this is a very critical moment in terms of tackling climate change”.

The Russians say they will still send a strong delegation and that climate change remains a priority for the country. But it will undoubtedly be a disappointment for the UK which had hoped that Putin would be open to making progress on a number of issues, including deforestation.

Chinese President Xi Jinping is also unlikely to attend COP26, though Chinese officials have reportedly not entirely ruled out a change of plans

Read more: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-58977993

President Putin joins Chinese President Xi Jinping, in having better things to do than attend COP26, though Xi Jinping has left the door open to changing his mind, so perhaps Xi just wants to make dramatic entrance.

Putin has a history of trolling climate alarmism. Earlier this month he trolled Europe for not having a rational energy plan.

In 2014, during the the G20 summit in Brisbane, Australia, the Russian embassy was asked why they had parked a fleet of warships just outside Australian territorial waters. The Russian embassy explained the warships were performing global warming research, though they had a secondary role providing security for the Russian President.

If Russia plans to send a strong delegation, my guess is their main interest is identifying who next is about to wreck their domestic fossil fuel production industry.

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Pauleta
October 22, 2021 10:03 am

That thing at the end of the video is NOT a fire hazard. I repeat, it’s NOT a fire hazard. /s

Vuk
Reply to  Pauleta
October 22, 2021 1:49 pm

Absolutely not.comment image

Allan MacRae
October 22, 2021 10:05 am

Putin is correct – Europe needs a sensible energy plan.

13+ DEAD DUE TO HEAVY SNOW IN INDIA, SCOTS SHOVELING, “MOUNT WASHINGTON LOOKS LIKE THE NORTH POLE”, RECORD-SMASHING SNOW HEADED FOR U.S., + THE COUNTRY’S LARGEST OIL HUB IS RUNNING DRY
October 22, 2021 Cap Allon
“This event is shaping up to be one for the record books,” said the National Weather Service re the U.S.’ snow. Plus, the future is looking decidedly Totalitarian, and cold.

Allan MacRae
Reply to  Allan MacRae
October 22, 2021 10:09 am

Told you so – 8+ years ago.
We are governed by scoundrels and imbeciles.

https://wattsupwiththat.com/2013/10/31/blind-faith-in-climate-models/#comment-1130954

AN OPEN LETTER TO BARONESS VERMA, OCTOBER 31, 2013
By Allan MacRae, B.A.Sc.(Eng.), M.Eng.
[excerpt]

So here is my real concern:

IF the Sun does indeed drive temperature, as I suspect, Baroness Verma, then you and your colleagues on both sides of the House may have brewed the perfect storm.

You are claiming that global cooling will NOT happen, AND you have crippled your energy systems with excessive reliance on ineffective grid-connected “green energy” schemes.

I suggest that global cooling probably WILL happen within the next decade or sooner, and Britain will get colder.

I also suggest that the IPCC and the Met Office have NO track record of successful prediction (or “projection”) of global temperature and thus have no scientific credibility.

I suggest that Winter deaths will increase in the UK as cooling progresses.

I suggest that Excess Winter Mortality, the British rate of which is about double the rate in the Scandinavian countries, should provide an estimate of this unfolding tragedy.

As always in these matters, I hope to be wrong. These are not numbers, they are real people, who “loved and were loved”.

Best regards to all, Allan MacRae

“Turning and tuning in the widening gyre, the falcon cannot hear the falconer…” Yeats

Post Script

MacRae’s 2013 Open Letter was verified in 2021, with extreme cold winter forecasts and a green-energy-crippled electrical grid in Britain and Germany:

EUROPE IS SWITCHING BACK TO COAL TO SURVIVE BLEAK WINTER

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Rory Forbes
Reply to  Allan MacRae
October 22, 2021 8:37 pm

This is the inevitable result when matters of great importance are guided by appeals to emotion rather than the application of reason, science and common sense; all of which are lacking among the political class.

Carbon500
Reply to  Rory Forbes
October 23, 2021 3:34 am

There is good science and junk which passes for science.
The latter has been enthusiastically embraced by politicians.

SxyxS
Reply to  Allan MacRae
October 22, 2021 10:20 am

“Within a few years snowfall will become a rare and exciting event.Children just aren’t going to know what snow is ”

I am pretty sure David Viner has called the families of the victims of snowfalls in india and apologized for his prediction from the year 2000.
As he is no professional virtue signalling bullshiter but someone who really really cares for people (just like all his fellow climate scientists)he must feel really bad right now.

Alba
Reply to  SxyxS
October 22, 2021 11:09 am

Last time I looked at an atlas, India was not part of the UK. I know that chap deserves all the ridicule he gets but he was talking about the UK.

whiten
Reply to  Allan MacRae
October 22, 2021 2:05 pm

Europe, very much;

needs a purge… a proper purge.

Period.

cheers

Reply to  whiten
October 22, 2021 3:33 pm

Strong dose of EcoLax, laced with Chillie?

observa
Reply to  Allan MacRae
October 23, 2021 2:29 am

Despite some very cold observations around the place ‘It is important to understand weather is different from climate.’
Antarctica’s last 6 months were the coldest on record – CNN
The slippery weasels with their convenient memories. We just don’t understand ‘contextualization’ with heads we win and tails you lose silly.

Tom Halla
October 22, 2021 10:08 am

Send Al Gore to Glasgow, and have a blizzard.

Dave Yaussy
October 22, 2021 10:17 am

Russia is in a strong position, with President Biden openly calling for more oil production, and Nord stream pipeline being filled with gas that Germany is begging for. The Russian delegation can fairly ask what the West really wants, talk or fuel this winter. Putin doesn’t have to be there to enjoy the resulting spectacle, and by not coming he spares himself being the direct object of anger from the world leaders who are going to need someone to blame when this falls apart.

President Xi would be wise to stay away for slightly different reasons.

ResourceGuy
Reply to  Dave Yaussy
October 22, 2021 10:59 am

Putin would be wise to start more large pipeline projects to China.

Dave Yaussy
Reply to  ResourceGuy
October 22, 2021 11:17 am

You got that right.

Mike Dubrasich
Reply to  Dave Yaussy
October 22, 2021 12:21 pm

Traitor Joe is Putin’s lapdog. And Xi’s. And the Mullahs. All they had to do was pay Hunter a few mil and Joe came grovelling. He shut down our pipelines and turned theirs on. He stopped our fracking and begged them to turn their spigots up. Talk about collusion with America’s enemies! Traitor Joe is the biggest colluder of all time. Let’s Go Brandon!

Zig Zag Wanderer
Reply to  Mike Dubrasich
October 22, 2021 1:13 pm

All they had to do was pay Hunter a few mil

And that 10% for ‘the big guy’

Tom Morrow
Reply to  Dave Yaussy
October 22, 2021 5:31 pm

Maybe Putin can help Europe achieve its goals by reducing the flow of oil and gas.

observa
Reply to  Tom Morrow
October 23, 2021 2:51 am

That would be his climate duty wouldn’t it? Like Australia stopping coal exports?

DMacKenzie
October 22, 2021 10:19 am

climate change was “one of our foreign policy’s most important priorities”.

It certainly is…the more Europe believes in CO2 reduction programs, the more fuel they will buy from Russia.

PaulH
Reply to  DMacKenzie
October 22, 2021 12:27 pm

Eating Brussels sprouts is one of my most important priorities. Right after I finish eating this steak, baked potatoes and dessert… assuming I have room, of course.

Editor
October 22, 2021 10:38 am

Putin on the Ritz
[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y3z841UJiVk&w=560&h=315%5D

Regards,
Bob

bonbon
October 22, 2021 10:42 am

The Ranch at the Crooked EU put the Enron Ranch at the crooked E in Houston TX, so-called spot-price energy scam into force last year and Putin correctly identified this spot-price nuttiness as being the cause of the current debacle. Long-term contracts worked, and Russia wants that model.
Add into this nutty ideology an intermittent energy source, wind and solar, and watch spot-price fireworks! Of course the Enron scam made a bundle for speculators until it went spectacularly bankrupt. A major accounting firm is needed for this flim-flam to proceed.

Spot-price radical ¨free-market¨ Austrian School nuttiness from the London School of Economics (LSE) is shown in all it’s glory with intermittent energy. As Prof. von Hayek of the LSE said – the economy springs spontaneously, unknowably from trade.

Some economists must be looking rather stupid – their entire irrational conviction is being publicly identified!
So which group in the EC Commission is of the Austrian School? The disease is more transmissible than COVID19, and masks do not work!

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ATheoK
Reply to  bonbon
October 22, 2021 12:12 pm

It’s not a “free-market” when the governments’ intervene, utilities operate as monopolies and the whole thing exists because of government fiat.

MarkW
Reply to  ATheoK
October 22, 2021 12:28 pm

Everything short of pure communism, is some form of capitalism.

bonbon
Reply to  bonbon
October 22, 2021 1:23 pm

The governments did intervene to mandate spot-pricing, even the TX government. In other words as both Hayek and Keynes said only totalitarian governments could implement their theories – Pinochet in Chile, and Thatcher in the UK a la Hayek and Friedman, and now MMT a la Keynes with FED hyperinflation.
So, what is the government? The FED or the EU-Commission – neither elected….

Anyway intermittent energy sure torpedoes Hayek-Friedman ‘free markets’.

Putin is SPOT-ON!

MarkW
October 22, 2021 10:54 am

Can we hope that Biden will get lost between the hotel and the convention center?

Ron Long
Reply to  MarkW
October 22, 2021 11:33 am

His minders will steer him straight, and signal to him when to take out the white flag and surrender. Follow the money.

Rory Forbes
Reply to  MarkW
October 22, 2021 8:47 pm

He was fitted with a GPS beckon the moment he was installed in the White House. He can’t possible get lost. The 1st lady is permanently tethered to him.

markl
October 22, 2021 10:56 am

Why would a country build a pipeline to transport their #1 export and then actively denounce its’ use?

Ed Fox
Reply to  markl
October 22, 2021 11:45 am

Trudeau

Greg61
Reply to  Ed Fox
October 22, 2021 1:17 pm

Why would the citizens of an oil dependent economy elect a nutbar mayor who wants to declare a climate emergency and eliminate her entire cities economy. Finally found someone even more stupid than Trudeau, but the Calgary electorate isn’t much smarter

Pat from kerbob
Reply to  Greg61
October 22, 2021 8:00 pm

Yes
Her first act is to declare climate emergency
It’s like we have no real issues to deal with
Morons everywhere
So much stupid, so little time to mock it all

Rory Forbes
Reply to  Pat from kerbob
October 22, 2021 8:49 pm

Predictable.

Zig Zag Wanderer
Reply to  markl
October 22, 2021 1:15 pm

its’

Congratulations! That’s apostrophe abuse I’ve never seen before.

Rory Forbes
Reply to  Zig Zag Wanderer
October 22, 2021 8:52 pm

That apostrophe is the perfect example of the precautionary principle. All kinds of abuse is permitted when following that principle.

Dennis G Sandberg
October 22, 2021 10:57 am

Good job Putin! Way to not go!

Tom Abbott
Reply to  Dennis G Sandberg
October 22, 2021 5:37 pm

Really. Who wants to listen to all that doom and gloom anyway? That doesn’t strike me as being a good time.

fretslider
October 22, 2021 11:06 am

The climate?

Nyet problemski

Rory Forbes
Reply to  fretslider
October 22, 2021 8:55 pm

нет проблем … net problem

Lee L
October 22, 2021 11:17 am

With oil/gas pipeline obstructors camped out nearby, I had thought I might make my OWN placard on a stick with a smiling picture of Putin subtitled “Save the Arctic Seabed! (for me)”

These people are attempting to block construction of oil and gas pipelines in Canada as if Putin’s Russia will not rush to fill the shortfall if these people are successful.

They are drilling now…
https://thebarentsobserver.com/en/industry-and-energy/2021/08/major-oil-exploration-going-russias-east-arctic-waters

Right-Handed Shark
October 22, 2021 11:25 am

I’m guessing that Putin has looked at the most accurate climate model ( the Russian one) and concluded that the rest of the world really should find something better to do with their time and money, and decided not to waste his.

ATheoK
October 22, 2021 11:30 am

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin will not attend the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow, the Kremlin said on Wednesday.”

Hey, it’d be an awful strain on Vladimir to keep a straight face for so long, while inside he’s guffawing.

Zig Zag Wanderer
Reply to  ATheoK
October 22, 2021 1:46 pm

This seems like the most likely reason! He couldn’t even keep a straight face long enough to tell them, he had to use a spokesman.

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michael hart
October 22, 2021 11:36 am

“No reason was given for the decision not to attend, but a Kremlin spokesperson said climate change was an “important” priority for Russia.”

When a Grad student in Seattle, I met a foreign Post-Doc who completed his PhD from the University of Aberdeen. He said it was a nice place, but couldn’t abide the weather. He was from Moscow.

Anon
October 22, 2021 11:40 am

China & Russia just need to keep dangling the carrot, without conceding anything of substance:

It is amazing what happens when governments, organizations and institutions organize around a faulty premise. Even though the premise is unsound there is no way of stopping what was started. There was a whole seed treatment and vernalization INDUSTRY built around Trofim Lysenko’s nutty, anti-genetic Lamarkian ideas that overrode rational decision making; the result was the USSR importing genetically bred grain from the United States during the height of the Cold War.

It this is only possible with BIG GOVERNMENTS… it is a feature of them, along with unaccountability.

It seems cynical to say this, but I have to wonder if this was Al Gore’s the original idea? Get the ball rolling and let the Sunk Cost Fallacy / Plan Continuation Bias do the rest:

Sunk Cost Fallacy

The sunk cost fallacy is a vicious cycle because we continue to invest money, time and effort into endeavors that we have already invested in. The more we invest, the more we feel committed to continuing the endeavor, and the more resources we are likely to put in to follow through on our decision.

This combination of social pressure, together with the momentum of your previous actions, is the heart of the Sunk Cost fallacy, which perniciously permeates our personal and work lives.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sunk_cost#Fallacy_effect

Now the ball is about to roll over the EU and the United States. If you look at the Trump Administration, much of what they were doing was putting a stop to zombie-ized, sunk cost government policies, probably because Trump was well aware of the fallacy from his business career.

Unless we get another administration to pull the plug on this, we can start making reservations for COP126. (sigh)

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Rory Forbes
Reply to  Anon
October 22, 2021 8:59 pm

In business it’s called ‘knowing when to pull the plug’ and getting out while you’ve still got enough liquid capital to recover.

Mike Maguire
October 22, 2021 11:56 am

Russia is one of the country’s benefiting the most from the current climate optimum. It needs all the warmth that it can get. The entire planet is greening up from the increase in CO2 but the countries in higher latitudes are getting a double bonus.

Vuk
Reply to  Mike Maguire
October 22, 2021 12:28 pm

So it would Canada despite  Justin Trudeau’s nonsense politics.
This planet has made it’s mind, the humanity (or is it huwomaniti, maybe huperson.., au’ forget it !) nothing you can do to change it , Adapt or Perish !

Zig Zag Wanderer
Reply to  Mike Maguire
October 22, 2021 1:51 pm

Russia is one of the country’s benefiting the most from the current climate optimum.

Ironically, Russia is probably one of the greatest contributors to Global Warming ™. During the USSR, handouts were given based on low temperatures. I’m convinced that places like Siberia were nudging the temperature record down to get more handouts. And then come the collapse of the USSR, Siberia is one of the fastest warming places on the planet!

Vuk
Reply to  Zig Zag Wanderer
October 22, 2021 2:33 pm

Agree

It’s all to encourage people to go to work and help keep Russia economy going there.

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J Mac
October 22, 2021 1:13 pm

The adults are rejecting COP26. Even Putin refuses to be associated with their UN sponsored fraud.

Vuk
Reply to  J Mac
October 22, 2021 1:18 pm

Softish dictators as Putin and Xi have better things to do.
This beast has no intention of going to sleep any time soon
https://youtu.be/gX3awff7sqI

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OK S.
October 22, 2021 1:35 pm

Friday evening musing. When exactly did “gas” become a bad word?

Classical Gas-Mason Williams YouTube

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ResourceGuy
October 22, 2021 2:11 pm

Just to add confusion to the confusing conference, we are sending Uncle Joe.

White House repeats no Taiwan policy change; experts see Biden gaffe (yahoo.com)

ResourceGuy
October 22, 2021 2:15 pm

Putin is still gathering country-level investors in the oil projects in the Russian Arctic. The next Saudi Arabia will be there, while arm waving persists at the UN, Brussels, and DC.

Mike Smith
October 22, 2021 3:03 pm

Given that Xi has just been forced to ramp up coal production dramatically, I think it unlikely he will make an appearance at COP26.

Andy Pattullo
October 22, 2021 3:56 pm

Strange tremors measured in the vicinity of the Kremlin. Odd muffled noises too. Could it be the entire government rolling on the floor laughing til they wet themselves? COP – the gift that keeps giving and giving.

TEWS_Pilot
October 22, 2021 5:07 pm

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Pat from kerbob
Reply to  TEWS_Pilot
October 22, 2021 7:55 pm

Learned a new word
Thank you

Rory Forbes
Reply to  TEWS_Pilot
October 22, 2021 9:07 pm

Brilliant catch. It’s a kissing cousin to Argumentum Ad Misericordiam (appeal to pity) … “think of the children”.

Rory Forbes
October 22, 2021 7:13 pm

The “global” climate farce has done more to benefit and further the cause of international Marxism than the Cold War, combined with all the propaganda from all communist states combined. But then … that was it’s original intent and continues to be to the present. Not one mitigation plan either has or ever will alter the planet’s weather. It is nothing, as Edenhoffer said; but a redistribution of wealth.

Socialist countries only need to feed the desire for Western countries to self immolate. Their leaders certainly don’t need to attend the periodic climate revels like Cop26.

Pat from kerbob
October 22, 2021 7:52 pm

Putin should be a massive supporter of renewable energy as it guarantees Russia ever increasing gas exports.

They fund the eco terrorist nut bags knowing it’s the best investment they can make.

Win win win for Putin
He isn’t a dummy

Pat from kerbob
October 22, 2021 8:03 pm

And
With everything going on I wouldn’t bet against Europe and Britain paying him to stay away to avoid him mocking the whole process publicly.
I mean, what is he going to say there, how much gas do you really need?

Rory Forbes
Reply to  Pat from kerbob
October 22, 2021 9:11 pm

Just showing up and flashing his smug little smile at their pain would be worth the price of admission. They placed all their bets on a loser (continued warming) and it’s coming home to roost prematurely.

RoHa
October 22, 2021 11:16 pm

Please, Mr Putin, if you get tired of running Russia, could you come and run Australia? It wouldn’t take long for you to become a citizen, and I’m sure you’d love it here. We’ve got a nice climate, lovely beaches, and lots of interesting spiders.

And we would love to have a Government with more brains than a gumnut.

Kiwi Gary
October 23, 2021 12:15 am

V. Putin and his Russian team are busy selling 1200 MW nukes, but the waiting list would be too long for Boris. [ 35, mainly to developing countries.] Mind you, looking at things from Putin’s viewpoint, why would he want to take part with all of the sanctions and general hatred being directed at Russia?

Sylvia
October 23, 2021 11:07 am

Quite right too – why waste 2-days (?) on claptrap nonsense. I would not go if you paid me!!! He really is the only leader with any common sense.

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