Xi And Putin Leave Climate Alarmists At COP26 In The Lurch

By Vijay Jayaraj

The wheels of the Net Zero bandwagon always were wobbly but now appear to be falling off altogether with leaders of China and Russia saying their countries won’t be represented at the COP26 at Glasgow this week. For Western climate alarmists, the absence of the two countries could be a lethal blow to the global anti-fossil fuel agenda.

Considered by the media as the most important climate meeting, the annual U.N. COP26 (26th such Conference of Parties) is a gala for politicians, diplomats and celebrities to land in private jets to tell the rest of us to embrace expensive and unreliable “green energy.”

The cornerstone of the COP conference has been the Paris climate agreement, a global pact requiring all countries to reduce emissions and replace coal, oil and natural gas with wind and solar. However, the conference had been plagued by various issues during its short history. 

The two biggest problems are (1) the unwillingness of developed countries to donate the promised “climate funds” to developing countries (a ridiculous promise in the first place) and (2) the inability of even the most developed member states like Germany to meet their emission-reduction deadlines.

Also, there has been inconsistent adherence by member states. Under Trump’s administration, the U.S. pulled out of the Paris agreement; now, India has vowed to fight any further coercion to impose emission reductions on its domestic energy sector.

In the past year, the Net Zero program has gained more momentum and the upcoming conference is expected to see a lot of discussion surrounding it. But the confidence  of member states still appears weak.

President Xi knows that China cannot afford to allow a repeat of 2021, a year during which more than half of the country faced unprecedented power blackouts due to coal shortages. The state bureaucracy is working around the clock to increase production and importation of fossil fuels. Coal miners have been asked to increase output, and Australian coal stranded at ports for political reasons has been put to use. Reports indicate the country is, “in advanced talks with U.S. exporters to secure long-term liquefied natural gas (LNG) supplies.”

In addition, China is the leading exporter of coal technology and fossil fuel infrastructure across Asia and Africa. It is no surprise that Xi pulled out the COP26. There is no guarantee that China will even be able to achieve the Net Zero (by 2060) promises that it made in 2020.

Meanwhile, Vladimir Putin has increased Russia’s dominance in the natural gas sector. The Journal of Petroleum Technology reported, “Russia is pouring investment into liquefied natural gas projects as it seeks to leverage the world’s largest natural gas reserves together with the logistical advantages of delivering it at a competitive price to Asia and Europe along the now-navigable Northern Sea Route.”

Putin has also ramped up Russia’s coal infrastructure in recent years. Russia still has coal reserves that can last hundreds of years under the current production rate.

Russia Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Novak stated, “Decades from now, oil and gas will continue to account for the majority of global energy consumption.”

He reiterated that Russia has a more realistic view of energy needs and will persist with fossil fuels. “The share of oil and gas in the world’s energy mix is set to drop from 85 percent to around 65-70 percent, not to 20-30 percent as some experts have forecast,” said the Deputy Prime Minister.

The news of both Xi’s and Putin’s absence has raised serious questions about their willingness to honor emission reduction promises made at the U.N. It makes us question the seriousness of policy decisions that will be made at the conference, as two of the key fossil fuel players are not participating. It has left the climate doomsayers in the lurch.

Expect another religiously presented “gloom and doom” climate event with false promises hailed as historic achievements by an elite who offer only fear and deprivation for working people.

Vijay Jayaraj is a Research Associate at the CO2 Coalition, Arlington, Va., and holds a Masters degree in environmental sciences from the University of East Anglia, England. He resides in Bengaluru, India.

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Paul Tikotin
October 30, 2021 6:04 am

Surely we shouldn’t be going against Putin and Xi!

Peter Wells
Reply to  Paul Tikotin
October 30, 2021 6:24 am

Right! There was no reason we should have sent any of our representatives to support that ridiculous bunch of fear-mongering garbage!

MarkW
Reply to  Paul Tikotin
October 30, 2021 8:45 am

Agreement in one area is not proof that there is agreement in all areas.

Ron Long
Reply to  Paul Tikotin
October 30, 2021 10:32 am

Shirley Putin and Xi are irrelevant because Joe-Ice Cream is a Major Food Group-Biden will throw the economy of the USA on the Sacrificial Alter of the CAGW Religion.

Vuk
Reply to  Paul Tikotin
October 30, 2021 2:15 pm

No surprise there.

  • Russia would be one of the major beneficiaries of global warming (if there is such a thing)
  • China has lot to loose and nothing to gain from the AGWs proposed nonsense.

Only surprise is that Canada another possible major beneficiary is trying commit self-euthanasia.

spock
Reply to  Vuk
November 2, 2021 1:48 am

right about Russia, if the earth is getting warmer then that will unlock the vast area of Siberia and make it habitable.

October 30, 2021 6:10 am

Xi JinPing doesn’t want to leave China, because he might not be president when he gets back…

Something similar might be going through Putin’s mind. Or he might get arrested for conspiracy to murder.

Post Covid, can anyone afford net zero?

Scissor
Reply to  Leo Smith
October 30, 2021 6:45 am

That would be funny. China’s lock is changed while he’s away.

Richard Page
Reply to  Scissor
October 30, 2021 6:54 am

The lock wouldn’t be changed, there’d just be a couple of police with handcuffs standing behind the door!

alastair gray
Reply to  Richard Page
October 30, 2021 11:50 am

And the transplant surgeons and a bill for a bullet for Mrs Xi

paul courtney
Reply to  alastair gray
October 30, 2021 12:40 pm

Mr. gray: A bill?! I thought health care was free in China! Even the lead injections!

Alexy Scherbakoff
Reply to  paul courtney
October 30, 2021 5:16 pm

Healthcare is not free in China.

Krudd Gillard of the Commondebt of Australia
Reply to  Alexy Scherbakoff
October 30, 2021 9:13 pm

what? They make you pay when harvesting your organs?

Alexy Scherbakoff
Reply to  Krudd Gillard of the Commondebt of Australia
October 30, 2021 10:05 pm

I understand trying to be amusing. I just suggest being a little more factual than the MSM. We do complain about the MSM writing stories for sensationalism rather than fact.
Executions are performed by lethal injection in mobile vans and not by firing squad. Organs are harvested after because you are considered a piece of slime by their society and you are considered more useful in death than in life.
I consider jokes in this regard to be lame and an indication that some people are rather uninformed about life in China. It doesn’t seem to stop them from making fools of themselves for internet points.

Tom Abbott
Reply to  Alexy Scherbakoff
October 31, 2021 6:23 am

“Organs are harvested after because you are considered a piece of slime by their society”

There is that much disdain in Chinese society for people who are not Chinese?

Do they really look at other people as being lower than they are? Or are you describing the attitude of the Chinese elites only?

Alexy Scherbakoff
Reply to  Tom Abbott
October 31, 2021 2:59 pm

I was referring specifically to the executed. If you need to be executed then you are no use to society, hence my reference to slime.
Elites in all countries look down on others.
I found that the Chinese can be quite racist, particularly to people of darker skin. White skin is admired in most Asian countries. Most moisturisers and skincare products contain bleach. My wife had difficulty getting stuff.
The whole thing is quite complex and varies from group to group.
Numbers are very large in China, so a ‘group’ can exceed the entire population of other countries.

Tom Abbott
Reply to  Alexy Scherbakoff
November 2, 2021 5:08 am

Thanks for the reply.

Thomas Gasloli
Reply to  Leo Smith
October 30, 2021 6:52 am

Unfortunately Xi & Putin are completely secure in their rule. It is more likely that Biden will be driven straight to the elder care facility when he returns than that Xi or Putin will leave the stage.

Disputin
Reply to  Thomas Gasloli
October 30, 2021 10:10 am

“Unfortunately Xi & Putin are completely secure in their rule”

I wouldn’t be so sure. Powerful “dictators” seldom die with their boots on, and there is little warning to the outside world when the event happens.

alastair gray
Reply to  Disputin
October 30, 2021 11:53 am

Beware the Praetorian Guard. Or Brutus and Cassius. Who sharpens the assassin’s knife fpr Joe and Boris

alastair gray
Reply to  Thomas Gasloli
October 30, 2021 11:51 am

Wouldn’t it be nice to see uncle Joe carted off but what ghastly horror would replace him?

Vincent Causey
Reply to  Thomas Gasloli
October 31, 2021 2:24 am

Why unfortunately? A number of people high up in Russia have openly criticized Putin for being too soft in regard to Western provocations, (of which Ukraine is but one example), and consider him too conciliatory. A replacement is likely to be more hardline, I assure you.

People forget that Putin himself began his presidency as very pro west, and seeking better relationships. He was even positive on suggestions of joining Nato.

But there is a long history of Russophobia among British elites (which goes back to the 18th century at least), the US neo-cons for geostrategic reasons, and some east european countries for understandable reasons. This has lead to provocations like the ridiculous Magnitsky act of 2013 with its sanctions, and then illegal sanctions by the Trump administration against European companies if they worked on the Nord Stream 2 pipeline. A clear violation of national sovereignty.

This has convinced Russian leaders that there is no point in trying to placate the west or integrate further with them. To be blunt, Putin, Lavrov and others have become disgusted with western hostility toward them – and much else that they see in the west – and are slowly turning to the east for partners. This view is shared by many Russian people as well. And who can blame them?

meab
Reply to  Leo Smith
October 30, 2021 9:56 am

Um, no. Xi could have sent a representative but he didn’t. Same for Putin. The Russians are clearly saying that the jet-setting Western leaders clearly have their collective heads up their asses, and they do.

meab
Reply to  meab
October 30, 2021 10:10 am

Just read that Putin and Xi will be sending minor officials, but it does indicate that Xi and Putin don’t consider this to be critically important.

Rory Forbes
Reply to  meab
October 30, 2021 12:58 pm

It is critically important to the West. They can only milk the covid scam for so much longer … but climate seems to be the gift that keeps on giving.

saveenergy
Reply to  Rory Forbes
October 30, 2021 2:14 pm

“… but climate seems to be the gift that keeps on giving.”

Particularly to the Chinese, Indian & Russian economy’s.

alastair gray
Reply to  meab
October 30, 2021 11:54 am

Agreed but why are Xi and Vlad not grabbing their boots and pushing.

Anon
Reply to  Leo Smith
October 30, 2021 10:45 am

That could be, but the situation in China is more complex than many realize:

The Triumph and Terror of Wang Huning

Most analysis has focused on one man: Xi and his seemingly endless personal obsession with political control. The overlooked answer, however, is that this is indeed the culmination of decades of thinking and planning by a very powerful man—but that man is not Xi Jinping.

https://palladiummag.com/2021/10/11/the-triumph-and-terror-of-wang-huning/

And if this topic interests you, definitely read Huning’s original essay: The Structure of China’s Changing Political Culture… linked to in the Palladium piece. In addition, Huning has written extensively about Western culture and the problems he sees in regard to the development of China. Summarized here:

Chinese President Xi’s “Secret Philosopher” Analyzed America And His Findings Could Reverse Our Country’s Decline

Anybody who wants to understand modern China, how it sees America, and how it plans to overtake America by avoiding America’s mistakes, has a duty to familiarize themselves with this book. And anyone who wishes to reverse America’s decline would be well-served studying Wang’s thought. 

https://www.revolver.news/2021/10/secret-chinese-philosopher-lessons-for-america/

————–

And then there is the Xi Jinping story to understand:

The Rise of the Xi Gang: Factional politics in the Chinese Communist Party

As the global debate on the Chinese model, and especially its domestic political system intensifies, there is a tendency to regard the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) as a monolith. This paper corrects such a view and argues that any attempt to comprehend elite politics in China requires an understanding of the factional dynamics within the party.

https://www.orfonline.org/research/the-rise-of-the-xi-gang/

Xi is actually from the Shanghai Gang which has in the past been cosmopolitan, pro-Western and billionaire oriented. Xi came to leadership because he spent years in the countryside, during Mao’s Cultural Revolution, and had the confidence of the CCYL faction, which is: pro-rural, middle class and traditional values. Many don’t realize it but Xi is actually a “moderate”. His #2, Li Keqiang, and likely successor, is the real hardliner and seems paired with Wang Huning. From wikipedia:

Li Keqiang

United States lieutenant general H. R. McMaster wrote of Li Keqiang that, “If anyone in the American group had any doubts about China’s view of its relationship with the United States, Li’s monologue would have removed them. He began with the observation that China, having already developed its industrial and technological base, no longer needed the United States.

———-

So, it could be that Xi is afraid of being locked up, as asserted by our corporate media, or it could be they have concluded that any further “engagement” with the “woke” West is not in their best interests?

I myself don’t know, but I am willing to consider either hypothesis.

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Disputin
Reply to  Anon
October 30, 2021 11:10 am

Very interesting. Thanks Anon

Derg
Reply to  Disputin
October 30, 2021 1:35 pm

If you can believe any of it. I don’t trust our 3 letter agencies and I certainly don’t trust the Chinese.

Richard S Courtney
Reply to  Anon
October 31, 2021 3:50 am

Anon,

The BBC is broadcasting the assertion that Xi is not attending CoP26 because of Covid-lockdown.

Richard

alastair gray
Reply to  Leo Smith
October 30, 2021 11:49 am

pre or post Covid economic suicide either way

commieBob
Reply to  Leo Smith
October 30, 2021 4:55 pm

Xi should seriously think about how badly he wants to remain in power. If he clings too hard, things could go badly for him.

I have a, possibly completely wrong, memory that a Soviet leader left the country and, when he got back, all the phone numbers had been changed and he couldn’t call anyone for help.

Khrushchev was ousted but got to retire. Xi should try for that.

Tom Abbott
Reply to  commieBob
October 31, 2021 6:37 am

If the nations of the world would boycott the Chicom Olympic Games, this would put enormous pressue on Xi. He could and should be blamed for China losing face. This would be a good excuse for ousting him internally.

I, personally, plan on boycotting the Chicom Olympic Games. You should, too, if you want to send a message to the Chicoms about how evil they are in loosing a deadly virus on the world, abusing non-Chinese minorities under their control, and attempting to destroy the cultures of the non-Chinese miniorities they control.

The World needs to tell the Chicoms their behavior is completely unacceptable. Refusing to attend the Chicom Olympic Games would send that message to the Chicoms and demonstrate to the Chinese people that their leaders are doing harm to the perception of China among the rest of the world.

Right-Handed Shark
October 30, 2021 6:22 am

Surely this is part of the agenda. If everybody were to turn up, agree on a plan and put it into action there would be no reason for the IPCC and their hangers-on to exist. Their work would be done, no need for any more “studies”, no more “research” and no more funding. They will NEVER declare “mission accomplished”.

Steve Case
Reply to  Right-Handed Shark
October 30, 2021 6:48 am

Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha! I like the way you think (-:

Scissor
Reply to  Right-Handed Shark
October 30, 2021 6:57 am

You describe a matter of fact of government programs. They go on forever and other than raiding the treasury, they accomplish little. Notable examples in the U.S. are the wars on:

  • illegal drugs
  • homelessness
  • poverty
H.R.
Reply to  Scissor
October 30, 2021 7:25 am

Actually, the U.S. has done well on poverty. Our ‘poor’ are housed, clothed, fed, and have TVs, cell phones, and cars. ‘Poor’ keeps getting redefined upwards**.

Why are our borders being overrun? Because being ‘poor’ in America is ‘rich’ compared to where they are coming from.



**Wait… isn’t that just the traditional bureaucratic “Moving of The Goal Posts so we can keep our phony-baloney jobs?”

MarkW
Reply to  H.R.
October 30, 2021 8:53 am

Poverty is defined as being a given fraction of the median income.
No matter how rich the country becomes, the percentage of people below the poverty line will not change.

This was done for a reason, to ensure that the problem is never solved.
Had they defined poverty by a fixed standard, such as being able to afford enough food and having a minimum number of square feet of habitable dwelling per person, then it would be obvious that except for those with mental disorders, there is no poverty in this country.

My wife works with new immigrants, helping them to adapt. One family we’ve been working with recently was surprised that hot water was always available.

meab
Reply to  H.R.
October 30, 2021 10:05 am

A strong, private-based economy lifted the U.S. poor with opportunities to work for pay. Very few people who work for a living stay at the minimum wage – almost all people who work will end up in the top 50% of wage earners at some point in their lives. Many government programs have actually oppressed the poor by taking away some incentives to work hard and improve their lot in life.

Tom Abbott
Reply to  H.R.
October 31, 2021 6:47 am

“Why are our borders being overrun? Because being ‘poor’ in America is ‘rich’ compared to where they are coming from.”

I heard this morning that Mexico has offered asylum to the 5,000-member caravan making their way through Mexico to the U.S. southern border, and the people in the caravan turned down Mexico’s offer.

You see, it’s all about the money. Mexico won’t give them free medical care and a paycheck every month, and free housing, along with guaranteed education for their kids. The United States will give them all that and more.

These illegal migrants are not being oppressed or driven from their homes for any reason. They are voluntarily traveling to the United States to get in on the stupidity of Democrats.

They are coming to the United States for a paycheck.

Now Biden is offering to pay them hundreds of thousands of dollars if they suffer any mental anguish during their trek.

Biden is insane. Along with the other radical Democrats.

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Pflashgordon
Reply to  Scissor
October 30, 2021 7:43 am

I would quickly add in the federal government’s takeover of:
— public education (eliminate the Dept of Education)
— energy (delete the DOE)
— environment (dismantle the EPA)
Mission creep / power grabs, fostered by overreaching laws and executive orders, are overwhelming states’ rights and individual liberties. Obama’s threats to the 2nd amendment rights led to the largest run on firearms and ammunition in U.S. history.

“Education’s” wokeness (e.g., Common Core and critical race theory as recent examples among many) is leading to concerned parents being labeled as “domestic terrorists.” Puppet Joe and his handlers now want the federal government to fund and control our children from age 3 through community college.

DOE long ago moved away from mere energy research to policy making and advocacy for unreliable, parasitic, and/or infeasible alternatives.

EPA wants to control every mud puddle in every field, declaring them “waters of the U.S.” (no need to list their obvious weather and climate policies discussed every day here at WUWT).

Brooks H Hurd
Reply to  Right-Handed Shark
October 30, 2021 9:01 am

“Climate Action” or whatever the words are today is NOT in the enumerated powers of the 10th Amendment. Most of the DC bureaucracies would be shuttered if we simply followed the Constitution.

Jim Veenbaas
Reply to  Right-Handed Shark
October 30, 2021 10:56 am

Same goes for Greenpeace, the World Wildlife Fund etc. These are massive organizations with huge budgets and thousands of employees. There will always always be a crisis. Their very future depends on it.

Anon
Reply to  Right-Handed Shark
October 30, 2021 11:44 am

Shark,

There is a lot of wisdom in that observation. IMHO

One of the things you might have noticed is the “evaporation of Constitutional Amendment movements”… which have traditionally settled contentious issues forthwith and permanently. Amending the Constitution was so popular at one time that we even had amendments prohibiting and then repealing the sale of alcohol.

The result of this “abandonment” is that many things we consider “Constitutional Rights” are not that, but instead hang by slim 5-4 Supreme Court decisions, which can be reversed at any time. And in order to keep those rights, voters must trudge to the polls every four years to elect representatives that will appoint judges favorable to previous court decisions.

So, let us say that you are a strong believer in “pro-choice” but are also a Rust Belt factory worker. Thus, every four years, you go to the polls to support the party that favors pro-choice while that same party offshores your factory. That is quite a pattern/deal politicians and their corporate backers would like to see continue. This is what is known as a reliable “voting silo“.

THE CLIMATE CHANGE VOTING SILO:

In my opinion, people who vote Climate Change as there primary voting issue are a rock solid voting silo, for the following reasons:

1] Climate Change won’t be solved in a 100 years, so a voter is locked in for life voting on this issue, verses other issues that the voter may have reason to be concerned with.

2] The threat is an INVISIBLE GAS, so the voter will have no way of assessing the issue for themselves, and thus must rely on government and a government paid cadre of scientists. Thus there is no way for the voter to hold the government and politicians to account.

3] As the issue has a strong emotional appeal, it will appeal to younger first-time voters, thus continuously replenishing the silo, as others, who “do the math”, like myself, fall off the wagon.

4] It subverts and repurposes the traditional Conservation Movement (conservation silo) which has long been a thorn in the side of developers and multi-national corporations. Now you can justify anything if you claim it fights carbon dioxide or is a response to the climate crisis:

US police hungry for discarded military gear now use climate change as pretext to get priority delivery – media

https://www.rt.com/usa/537976-military-vehicles-climate-change-police/

No doubt one could go on and on about the advantages gained from designating an invisible ubiquitous trace gas as Public Enemy #1. It is an ideal foil / dream opponent for anyone who wishes to game the system.

Many like to assert that Al Gore is not intelligent or was duped, but I believe he is a lot smarter than we give him credit for.

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Anon
Reply to  Anon
October 30, 2021 12:08 pm

Addendum: Conservation and environmentalism used to mean “sacrifice”, but now they are the drivers of the greatest money making opportunities on the planet.

With “Electric Elon” being the richest man in the world and Wall Street pumping trillions into “green” investment funds. Imagine if J.P. Morgan, Vanderbilt, Carnegie & Rockefeller had such press in the early 1900s, there would have been no Robber Barons.

Think about how that transformation in our psyches happened. Did you even notice it? I didn’t for the longest time. (sigh)

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SxyxS
Reply to  Anon
October 30, 2021 2:11 pm

The reason they have such a press now is because the robber barons have created todays press.
It was the Rockefellers who invented corporate propaganda wit Ivy Lee after the Ludlow massacre ( Since then the robber barons became philantrophs and the systematic abuse of foundations to execute agendas and hide wealth (Rockefellers have far more money than all big tech billionaires combined and they run Bilderbergers and Bohemian Grove where they provide other billionaires with their newest opinions and progressive values) the rule.
This was so effective that the Rockefellers turned in terms of popular opinion from most hated Americans into greatest philantrophs within just 5 years = the ice age / AGW scenario ; from one extreme to another within a few years.

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Thom
Reply to  Anon
October 30, 2021 2:29 pm

You forgot 5: There will always be and there have always been weather disasters to convince the timid.

Anon
Reply to  Thom
October 31, 2021 9:41 am

Yes, that is a very good point. That is kind of a mix between #1 & #2 & #3. There always have been and always will be weather disasters, so that will never be solved (#1). And who determines that a particular weather disaster is related to carbon dioxide? The government(#2). And weather disasters have an emotional appeal and thus are a boon for recruitment (#3).

Steve Case
October 30, 2021 6:45 am

In addition, China is the leading exporter of coal technology…
__________________________________________________
Really? Ten years ago, the smog was so bad in China you couldn’t see the morning Tai Chi exercises in the square below your tenth floor hotel room and if you stepped outside you could taste it in the air. It’s doubtful that much has changed since then.

Maybe China is squeezing the last watt of energy out of coal, but they aren’t doing much about the pollution. it causes.

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Richard Page
Reply to  Steve Case
October 30, 2021 6:53 am

They are starting to. It isn’t much and it isn’t having a lot of effect just yet (pm 2.5 down by about 2.5% in some cities, pm 2 slightly increased in 6 out of 10 cities), but they are making a move in that direction at least. Time will tell if it will be good enough.

Steve Case
Reply to  Richard Page
October 30, 2021 6:59 am

The United States has been addressing air pollution for over 70 years:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Air_Pollution_Symposium

Richard Page
Reply to  Steve Case
October 30, 2021 8:41 am

Yes, so? 70 years ago, air pollution in the USA was very similar to China’s today, whilst 70 years ago China’s air pollution was minimal. It’s all fairly relative – I’m not excusing China and I think the West dealt with air pollution better and faster, but let’s just see what happens.

MarkW
Reply to  Richard Page
October 30, 2021 10:57 am

Even 70 years ago, air pollution in the US was never that bad.
I lived in LA during the 60’s and 70’s, and pollution was to the point that visibility was down to 10 miles or so in the basin on the really bad days. However it never got anywhere close to the point of not being able to see the ground from the 10th floor.

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Richard Page
Reply to  MarkW
October 30, 2021 12:06 pm

I said similar, not the same – try to read what I wrote, not what you think I wrote, please. The situation is a similar one; the causes – car exhausts and heavy industry are similar and the effects are similar. Obviously there are going to be differences – not every Chinese city is as bad as in your anecdote for example but the two situations are similar enough to warrant the comparison.

Crispin Pemberton-Pigott
Reply to  MarkW
October 30, 2021 11:09 pm

It depends on what you measure. Air pollution in China has been mostly coal (fly) ash. In the LA basin it was photochemical smog.

The worst days in China are the crop waste burning days in October. That is biomass, not coal. That’s when the BBC makes their background videos. They use the orange sunrise as a backdrop for the rest of the year. The orange colour is from burning straw, mostly. It is illegal but happens anyway in the night.

I have been to China dozens of times. The air quality is improving a lot. Who says otherwise has not been in a while.

Tom Abbott
Reply to  Richard Page
October 31, 2021 7:06 am

I had occasion to travel to Los Angeles in the early 1970’s, and the air pollution was horrible, from my point of view, having come from an area with little air pollution.

You could smell the brownish-orangish air, and I never get headaches, but I got headaches every day I stayed in Los Angeles, which was just a few days.

But that brownish air is all gone now. Thank goodness.

Scissor
Reply to  Richard Page
October 30, 2021 7:11 am

Many of my travels through Beijing happened to coincide with major celebrations or international conferences, and it was remarkable what shutting down industry and transportation did to improve air quality, if only temporarily.

I was never so lucky in Wuhan.

Brooks H Hurd
Reply to  Steve Case
October 30, 2021 9:11 am

I was in Handan (邯鄲市) in mid 2018. It has improved significantly compared with my first trip there in 2014. Handan is said to be the most polluted city in China. Since my first trip to the PRC in the early 1990s, the air quality has degraded. Shanghai used to have clear skies.

Richard Page
October 30, 2021 6:47 am

I’m not entirely sure if it’s fair to say that China and Russia won’t be represented at COP26 – although Putin and Xi won’t be attending, they are both expected to send high level representatives and a full delegation (around 200 in Russia’s case). Of course, this does mean that both leaders would be able to row back from any agreements made at the copfest; a fairly easy ‘get out of jail free’ card for both leaders. Honestly, I’m surprised that more countries leaders aren’t using this tactic – perhaps they feel they have more ‘skin in the game’, or just love the international attention.

nyolci
Reply to  Richard Page
October 30, 2021 12:52 pm

Putin and Xi won’t be attending

The OP made a mountain out of this molehill, that’s all. The Chinese press is full of climate commitments and the importance of clean energy etc.

Derg
Reply to  nyolci
October 30, 2021 1:42 pm

Lol if you can believe anything from China.

Richard Page
Reply to  nyolci
October 30, 2021 3:09 pm

The Chinese are extremely adept at the diplomatic game – they have the ‘public face’ which is shown across the world, the ‘private face’ which is generally shown just to the Chinese people, then there is the ‘hidden face’ which is usually reserved for the inner circle of the government. Right now the public face is showing appeasement to the agw goals; the private face is showing a more hard line approach – the west, western values and culture as adversarial to China and only strengthening the core beliefs of the revolution will save their culture and way of life. As to what Xi and the inner circle believes, I don’t think anyone outside of that circle really knows.

Climate believer
October 30, 2021 6:50 am

So before the circus flies into Glasgow, they all fly into Rome for some reason, creating the worlds biggest, most worthless carbon footprint.

Haven’t any of these muppets heard of Zoom?….Skype?…. the internet?

Raven
Reply to  Climate believer
October 30, 2021 7:53 am

Private jet, you say? . . . all taken care of.

Where to park your private jet, according to Glasgow COP26 guide

https://www.glasgowtimes.co.uk/news/19631775.park-private-jet-according-glasgow-cop26-guide/

Tom Abbott
Reply to  Climate believer
October 31, 2021 7:59 am

“So before the circus flies into Glasgow, they all fly into Rome for some reason, creating the worlds biggest, most worthless carbon footprint.”

I heard Joe Biden’s motorcade in Rome had 85 cars in it.

Richard Page
Reply to  Tom Abbott
November 1, 2021 7:15 pm

Which car had all of his nappies in?

SxyxS
October 30, 2021 6:55 am

Xi & Putin
” We don’t need no COP 26 because we already have all the centralised power we want.
As we do not have democracies we don’t need cheap fake excuses from Glasgow to destroy them.
+ we do not hate our own people ,nor de we try to destroy our countries,therefore no reason for us to visit Scotland.
As our countries have already paid the usual marxist blood toll with tens of millions of victims decades ago we will now let other countries enjoy marxist humanism disguised as climate emergency “

Reply to  SxyxS
October 30, 2021 7:16 am

‘xactly!!! most assuredly!!

Gregory Woods
October 30, 2021 6:58 am

There is no guarantee that China will even be able to achieve the Net Zero (by 2060) promises that it made in 2020.

There is no way, let alone a guarantee, that any country will be able to achieve a ‘net zero’ by any date…

Alba
October 30, 2021 7:08 am

COP 26 will be declared to have been a great success. But more will still be needed to be done. Hence COP 27, 28, 29, 30, etc, etc, etc.

October 30, 2021 7:14 am

Surely this can’t be happening. With this surely being the last chance to Save the Planet we surely must act. At least we surely have Lurch Kerry to get us out of this lurch we can all have hope. Most ass-suredly, our fearless Dementia-patient President can mumble us to utopia of net zero Marxist salvation.

October 30, 2021 7:24 am

“ Xi And Putin Leave Climate Alarmists At COP26 In The Lurch”

You rang??

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Tom Abbott
Reply to  Joel “Shirley” O’Bryan
October 31, 2021 8:03 am

Perfect! Looks just like him.

Redge
October 30, 2021 7:32 am

Meanwhile, Greta complains she’s not had her “official” invitation yet.

Got news for you, kiddo, you’re a clueless activist not a government

fretslider
Reply to  Redge
October 30, 2021 7:45 am

She’s been used and abused.

That speaks volumes about her parents.

Richard Page
Reply to  Redge
October 30, 2021 8:33 am

Greta didn’t get an invite cos she’s a one trick pony and everyone’s seen the trick now. Next!

Ed Zuiderwijk
Reply to  Richard Page
October 30, 2021 8:43 am

How dare you, Richard!

Mumbles McGuirck
Reply to  Redge
October 30, 2021 9:17 am

Hey, I thought the merman/mermaid were dead! How can they speak to the press? They’re breaking character. 😉

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Rory Forbes
Reply to  Redge
October 30, 2021 3:12 pm

Greta had her charm when she was a 15 year old “late bloomer”. But as a late teen dropout with no redeeming qualities she no longer has any use to them.

Tom Abbott
Reply to  Redge
October 31, 2021 8:05 am

Greta didn’t get an invitation because they knew all she would do is say “blah, blah, blah” at COP26.

Greta doesn’t think the UN is moving fast enough.

fretslider
October 30, 2021 7:43 am

“Xi And Putin Leave Climate Alarmists At COP26 In The Lurch”

Boris, Carrie Antoinette and our bonehead Parliament are still determined to send us English etc back to the dark ages.

I’d say in the end their no-show makes b-ugger all difference to us.

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October 30, 2021 7:57 am

Instead of all these BIG plans for BIG changes….why not try to determine if CO2 is really this Great Villain that it is portrayed to be? Maybe….maybe climate change is just natural and man can’t do anything but adapt to change? Maybe this alleged man made warming is just another hobgoblin dreamed up by unscrupulous men for money and power?

Bill Everett
Reply to  Anti-griff
October 30, 2021 8:55 am

CO2 is currently about 4/100th of one percent of the atmosphere. It has only increased by 1/100th of one percent of the atmosphere in the last sixty years. It is a non-factor as regards global warming. Only politicians and actors would be foolish enough to think otherwise.

Graemethecat
Reply to  Bill Everett
October 30, 2021 10:09 am

400 parts per million sounds so much scarier to innumerate politicians.

MarkW
Reply to  Bill Everett
October 30, 2021 11:14 am

Only a few grams of arsenic can kill a full grown adult.

Andrew Wilkins
Reply to  MarkW
October 30, 2021 1:43 pm

And only a few grams of milk is fine for a full grown adult, so what’s your point?

Robert Hanson
Reply to  Anti-griff
October 30, 2021 9:13 am

Maybe?

Ed Zuiderwijk
October 30, 2021 8:03 am

There is no climate crisis. There is no need for net zero in a rush. Alexander Novak is right and so is Vladimir Putin by staying home. Because their scientists tell them the whole climate change thing is nonsense. And those scientists are much better at their job than the jokers who write those IPCC summaries.

Newminster
Reply to  Ed Zuiderwijk
October 30, 2021 8:24 am

Ed, any scientist is better than the jokers who write the Summary for Policymakers. Even Gavin Schmidt is starting to admit that all the models (bar the Russian one, oddly) are running hot, that RCP8.5 is a load of bullcr*p and that whatever the climate might have in store there is no reason to panic — not yet, at least.
The problem is the enviro-nuts and the universities that are happy to go along with the scam as long as the grant money keeps flowing.
The latest offering — that the Dutch (of all people!!) are under threat from rising sea levels — isn’t even a joke. It’s pathetic!
Where, oh where, is the little boy who can tell us the emperor is naked?!

Disputin
Reply to  Newminster
October 30, 2021 10:20 am

“Where, oh where, is the little boy who can tell us the emperor is naked?!”

Standing with his finger in the dike, obviously!

saveenergy
Reply to  Disputin
October 30, 2021 2:54 pm

“Standing with his finger in the dike, obviously!”

Hope she enjoys it !!

Ed Zuiderwijk
Reply to  saveenergy
October 31, 2021 12:56 pm

You’re not supposed to move.

bonbon
October 30, 2021 8:27 am

Hilarious to see the China bashers and Russia-baiters reeling. FLOP26 anyone?
That’s the problem with soundbite jingoism – adults have to take over.

fretslider
October 30, 2021 8:48 am

Lets gather the ~30,000 delegates etc and enter them in the Squid Game.

Brooks H Hurd
October 30, 2021 8:54 am

I really want pictures of the fossil fuel generators charging the the fleet of EVs.
That vision says it all.

fretslider
Reply to  Brooks H Hurd
October 30, 2021 9:10 am

See the ‘solar powered’ gig in Michael Moore’s film, complete with diesel generators around the back.

Stage amplification and lighting takes a lot of juice. Way more than renewables or a few idiots pedalling for Coldplay can deliver.

They might manage a kettle.

Peta of Newark
October 30, 2021 8:56 am

At behest of the Mum of my young autistic acquaintance, I ventured into enquiry on constructing or buying/gifting some ‘jumps’ – for the little Shetlands they keep and to give them some ‘interest’ ‘excitement’ and ‘movement’. Dance if you like, Dance = Good
Shelties are like that, bright and happy little things

At the wood-yard section of my nearest Agricultural Merchant I found some likely material – square section Spruce, rough cut in pieces of 100mm square by 1,800mm long.
Take that as a volume of timber to be 0.018 cubic metres and if it was dry, give it a weight of 0.01188 tonnes
It was priced at £16 for that one piece or, rounding the nearest £10, £1,350 per tonne

Drax Power Station, at behest of these muppets, is burning 20,000 tonnes of that stuff daily.
Work it out and note it down….

The punchline:
Taking wood to have an energy density of 5kWh per kilogram and Drax getting a Carnot efficiency of 0.35, they will get 35 Million kWh of electrickery out of that 20,000 Tonnes.
Whaddya see?

Thanks Obama for your skyrocketing, thanks for nothing
It wasn’t just energy prices you were alluding to was it?
<repeated-expletive outburst>

PS. They must be burning even more than that, whenever I look at Energynumbers or Gridwatch, Drax is chuffing away at 2GW, or 48 Million kWh per day
Maybe not, the figure there will include all Biomass, Drax is ‘just’ the biggest

edit to incite disobedience…
All UK folks, whenever The Talks in Glasga ‘go into extra time’ as they invariably do – remberto switch on every high consumption appliance you own

Just do it. Lets give these clowns something Real and Tangible to think out.

OK and uno wot I meen – as tangible as Cold, Dark and (hopefully fatally) punctured balloons of self-importance can get. That’s what will hurt them and just watch them scatter….

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Douglas Pollock
October 30, 2021 8:59 am

Perhaps there is a trhird “biggest problem” apart from GHG emissions reduction and to put donations into the robber’s sack climate fund, and this would be the total inability and reluctance of nations to agree in the global carbon trade (Article 6 of the Paris Agreement), meaning a global Obama’s cap & trade tax.

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Mumbles McGuirck
October 30, 2021 9:08 am

What happens at COP26 stays at COP26.

BidenPope.jpg
October 30, 2021 9:25 am

Ex Oriente Lux.
(The light comes from the East).

Sara
October 30, 2021 9:46 am

So both Xi JinPing and Vlad Putin told the COP26/whatevers to pound sand….

Good for them. Now if we can get the US to return to building nuke reactors and abandon the idiotic notion that wind power is a reliable source of anything other than messing up your hair, I will be a happy person.

markl
October 30, 2021 9:52 am

Who cares what China says? It’s nothing but talk anyway. China has managed to increase their CO2 output more than any country since the COP follies began. No? Why would anyone listen to a word they say? Even the LA Times took a rare stab at China’s lack of NDC commitment today.

Tom Abbott
Reply to  markl
October 31, 2021 8:29 am

“Why would anyone listen to a word they say?”

Good question.

3x2
October 30, 2021 10:11 am

Mod’s – Hope you will leave this comment up event though it only tangentially related.

For UK readers …

https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/599602

3x2
Reply to  3x2
October 30, 2021 10:20 am

Bloody phone correcting things for me …

“Even” and “it is”, sorry.

saveenergy
Reply to  3x2
October 30, 2021 3:03 pm

At 100,000 signatures, this petition will be considered for debate in Parliament

Only considered for debate … guess what the answer will be !!

October 30, 2021 11:07 am

China and Russia will both have large contingents of negotiators at COP26. Only the big bosses will be absent.

Dave Fair
Reply to  David Wojick
October 30, 2021 1:01 pm

And the Chinese and Russian “negotiators” will be able to agree to … what?

Richard Page
Reply to  Dave Fair
October 30, 2021 3:16 pm

They’re not there to agree to anything. They’re there to promote a few considerations for their respective countries but above all else to be able to show that Russia and China are still in the game, even though they’re actually not. It’s the bare minimum they can do to avoid getting international condemnation.

Dave Fair
Reply to  Richard Page
October 30, 2021 4:03 pm

I agree, Richard; it is all Kabuki Theater. The West has no money. The Third World will not agree to anything without Western money. The diplomatic drones are now buzzing about to find some face-saving “historic agreement” to paper-over the hard truths.

It is all well and good to use quantitative easing, printing money, etc. to hide national deficits, but the Third World wants cash. No Western populace will stomach their leaders giving away mountains of cash to the unwashed. Western governments’ COVID19 fear mongering is coming back to bite their international climate change dream asses’ because voters want the money spent on themselves.

Andrew Wilkins
Reply to  David Wojick
October 30, 2021 1:49 pm

They’ll send the work experience lads.

alastair gray
October 30, 2021 11:47 am

I fail to understand why Russia and China do not wholeheartedly embrace the concept of the rest of the world gratuitously shooting themeslves in both feet. Nither country would feel in the least obligated to honour any firm commitment they made so why the hell dont they sign up to the whole ridiculous rigmarole to further cripple the “free world\” But thanks be that they dont.

saveenergy
Reply to  alastair gray
October 30, 2021 3:20 pm

“I fail to understand why Russia and China do not wholeheartedly embrace the concept of the rest of the world gratuitously shooting themeslves in both feet.”

alastair, They do.

“why the hell dont they sign up to the whole ridiculous rigmarole to further cripple the “free world”

If they sign up & help “cripple the free world” they’ll be seen as the enemy. BUT
If they play the long game, sitting & watching self-destruction, & come in at the end ‘to save us’ they will be seen as friends … a bloodless war & the victors will take all … NEAT !!!

Mike Dubrasich
October 30, 2021 12:25 pm

“… false promises hailed as historic achievements by an elite who offer only fear and deprivation for working people.”

+42.

With Traitor Joe leading the pack. Don’t worry, Vlad and Xi, Traitor Joe will do your dirty work for you. He’s your b*tch, after all. Bought and paid for.

Impeach Brandon! Then lock him up.

n.n
October 30, 2021 12:38 pm

China and Russia stand poised to lead the world following the West taking a knee in a chosen dark age. Either that, or another war without borders to spread equity and inclusion.

nyolci
October 30, 2021 12:48 pm

Sorry guys, this article is Grade A bullshot. Or perhaps your wishes. https://www.globaltimes.cn/page/202110/1237621.shtml

China is the leading exporter of coal technology and fossil fuel infrastructure across Asia and Africa

The Chinese declared a few months ago they wouldn’t build any new coal fired power stations abroad.

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Dave Fair
Reply to  nyolci
October 30, 2021 1:09 pm

Nyolci, the Global Times is a ChiCom propaganda outlet. You need to learn to read critically and think for yourself. Your “The Chinese declared a few months ago they wouldn’t build any new coal fired power stations abroad.” indicates the credulity of a child.

nyolci
Reply to  Dave Fair
October 31, 2021 3:39 am

You need to learn to read critically and think for yourself

Really? 🙂

[whatever Chinese claim I referred to] indicates the credulity of a child.

Hm, somehow you too accept “Chinese propaganda” by believing Xi won’t go to Glasgow. How do you know this or that “ChiCom” assertion is propaganda or the indication of true intention? Your selection is not based on any analysis I guess but only on the fact that you (along with the OP) like the fact that Xi won’t attend and you see into it much-much more than it is.

Derg
Reply to  nyolci
October 30, 2021 1:47 pm

Hahaha you believe China….I suppose, like Simon, you fell for Russia colluuuusion…tool indeed.

nyolci
Reply to  Derg
October 31, 2021 3:41 am

I suppose, like Simon, you fell for Russia colluuuusion…tool indeed.

Wroooong! Like most of the time 🙂 The “Russia collusion” (along with the “vote theft” last year) are just propaganda of the losers against the winner party in the context of US politics.

Andrew Wilkins
Reply to  nyolci
October 30, 2021 1:51 pm

That’s because they’re too busy building them at home.
Are you really that gullible?

Climate believer
Reply to  Andrew Wilkins
October 30, 2021 2:16 pm

He’s a fully paid up member of the ‘useful idiot’ brigade, I think he’s looking for a promotion.

Andrew Wilkins
Reply to  Climate believer
October 30, 2021 3:13 pm

Chief Unintellibence Officer?

nyolci
Reply to  Climate believer
October 31, 2021 3:43 am

He’s a fully paid up member of the ‘useful idiot’ brigade

And this is from a “skeptic” who is amplifying fossil industry propaganda for free in a “paid by” forum.

nyolci
Reply to  nyolci
October 31, 2021 10:55 am
David Kelly
October 30, 2021 2:03 pm

Other notables finding last minute excuses not attend include Queen Elizabeth, Pope Francis, and Governor Newsom . Makes you wonder what they know.

Richard Page
Reply to  David Kelly
October 30, 2021 3:25 pm

H.M.’s knackered and needs a few weeks rest, Pope Francis is suffering from bad sciatica and is talking freely about his death, never a good sign. As for Governor Newsom, he’s terrified that if he goes to the copfest, Californians will realise the state runs better without him in it.

ResourceGuy
October 30, 2021 6:10 pm

The smart and practical ones are staying away. The rest are dishonest and looking for handouts.

William Haas
October 30, 2021 8:48 pm

I believe that both Russia and China understand that AGW is really just science fiction but they are shining us on for their own profit and for our detriment.

Kiwi Gary
October 30, 2021 11:56 pm

Putin and Xi would not bother to attend as they both know full well that they would be roundly abused as chief instigators of fossil fuel supply and use. Why attend a meeting where that is all that will happen to you? Why are the pious Europeans all clamoring for Russia to increase the gas supply when they are also clamoring for nett-zero? Nothing like a bit of open hypocrisy.

October 31, 2021 1:09 am

If the “west” (a dilapidated term, born in Cold War and now sustained by racism) was serious about getting a global consensus about a low-carbon energy transition, why have they worked so incredibly hard to make both Russia and China their pantomime villains? To try to turn world opinion against both countries?They have wasted no opportunity to antagonise them and attack their interests. Then to idiotically appeal to them like droopy-eared dogs to “come help us fight climate change”?

Stupid don’t come stupider than that.

spock
November 2, 2021 1:47 am

Thank you China and Russia!
Read the book on why fossil fuels are the only option The moral case for fossil fuels

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