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NPR: President Biden Paused his Climate Promises Because of Ukraine

Essay by Eric Worrall

Still covering for Joe; According to NPR, the USA owes billions of dollars climate reparations to the developing world, but those pledges have been put on hold because of the Ukraine war.

The U.S. pledged billions to fight climate change. Then came the Ukraine war

By Rebecca Hersher | NPRMay 14, 2022

The United States owes billions of dollars in climate funding to developing countries. But the war in Ukraine is delaying payments and slowing down U.S. progress to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and that has leaders in low-lying and less wealthy nations feeling frustrated and forgotten.

“Effectively, the U.S. owes the rest a climate debt that needs to be paid,” says Mohamed Adow, the leader of PowerShift Africa, a coalition that advocates for climate policies across the continent. “Our continent is effectively on the front line, and we are paying for the harms [of] these climate pollutants.”

In 2021, the U.S. promised to dramatically cut greenhouse gas emissions this decade, and send long-overdue money to help developing countries transition to cleaner energy and protect residents from rising seas, heat waves, food instability and other dangerous climate effects.

If the U.S. follows through, it’s still possible to keep global temperatures from rising catastrophically and prevent tens of millions of unnecessary deaths, according to scientists and economists.

But the Russian invasion of Ukraine might put many U.S. promises on hold. Months after renewing its pledges at the international climate conference in Glasgow, the U.S. has not passed any major climate legislation. The Biden administration has rolled back limits on domestic oil and gas drilling to cope with rising energy prices. This spring, Congress allocated less than one third of the international climate funding it pledged, even as it rushed billions of dollars in military assistance to Ukraine.

The U.S. owes billions of dollars in climate funding to less wealthy nations. It’s not charity, but something akin to reparations. The idea is that countries that industrialized in the early and mid-twentieth century became wealthy in part by burning oil, gas and coal. Climate change driven by emissions from that early industrialization poses the biggest threat to developing countries, which have contributed far less to global warming. 

Read more: https://www.wgbh.org/news/national-news/2022/05/14/the-u-s-pledged-billions-to-fight-climate-change-then-came-the-ukraine-war

The USA owes nothing to developing countries. Even the poorest nations use mobile phones, and other technologies mostly developed by Britain and the USA, to improve their lives. Poor fishermen in Africa use mobile phones to find the best market for their catch. People earning a few dollars a day in the Philippines pay pennies to get a lift on gasoline powered vehicles. Electricity for refrigeration, which mostly comes from fossil fuel powered generators, is a game changer for poor people who have access. Mass produced textbooks and the internet have improved lives, employment prospects and incomes throughout the world.

All this quality of life boosting technology is only available because of that industrial revolution NPR despises so much.

If the leaders of developing countries want to build their people a sea wall, or other “climate” mitigation public works, they should get off their butts and organise the construction of their own civic works projects, using their own materials and resources, instead of expecting the USA or other rich countries to enable their kleptocratic incompetence by parachuting in crate loads of cash to solve all their money problems.

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b.nice
May 14, 2022 10:46 pm

The idea is that countries that industrialized in the early and mid-twentieth century became wealthy in part by burning oil, gas and coal.

And now they wish to deny that opportunity to places like Africa.

Pretty sick and immoral, if you ask me.

Kazinski
Reply to  b.nice
May 15, 2022 1:11 am

Well energy = prosperity, its not the only factor, but you can’t be prosperous freezing in the dark, or farming with water buffalo. Electricity, tractors, fertilizer, are all pretty important.

But it is also a fact that before petroleum and electricity or even the steam engine America and most of Europe were still a lot more prosperous than the rest of the world, so its more than just energy.

PCman999
Reply to  Kazinski
May 15, 2022 1:59 am

Those other things included capitalism and freedom which is actually the real target of the warmunists.

ThinkingScientist
Reply to  PCman999
May 15, 2022 3:15 am

Marxism and the World Bank have a lot to answer for for making many countries even poorer in the C20th

Scissor
Reply to  ThinkingScientist
May 15, 2022 6:58 am

Take a peak at the Chinese dystopia.

Coeur de Lion
Reply to  b.nice
May 15, 2022 1:49 am

Actually it’s racist – against black peoples

Old Man Winter
Reply to  b.nice
May 15, 2022 5:12 am

The libs always get everything backwards. The world actually owes us for the additional greening
they got because we used 24/7 solar. A “thank you, very much” would be appreciated!

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Bob
Reply to  b.nice
May 15, 2022 4:48 pm

Africa is free to develop it’s own resources or import resources from others. If they choose to listen to woke environmental crackpots from developed countries that is bad on them. Many developing countries choose to listen to these crackpots because the crackpots are from developed countries and the crackpots have bribed the developing countries with money if they will only screw themselves. That is stupid, tell the crackpots to keep their money and develop your own assets. There are many private entities who will help you.

H.R.
May 14, 2022 10:48 pm

NPR = Not Particularly Realistic

Editor’s story board: Manufacture a crisis and blame it on the U.S.

“Yeah… that oughta work. Let’s go with that.”

Scissor
Reply to  H.R.
May 15, 2022 5:29 am

Hurrah, I was able to fill up with gasoline for under $10!

Sure, it was my lawnmower, but I have to be positive about something.

H.R.
Reply to  Scissor
May 15, 2022 8:43 am

I filled up just over 3/5 of a tank of diesel in my truck and it was $156. It was $5.05 per U.S. gallon. That’s a good price for diesel right now.

At $5.05, it sucks to be feeling sorta good about that. I could have been unlucky enough to live in a State where it’s over $6 per gallon.

Gee. A real ‘feel good’ moment for me. /sarc

Gary Pate
Reply to  H.R.
May 15, 2022 7:12 pm

NPR = National Propaganda Radio
PBS = Propaganda Broadcasting System

H.R.
Reply to  Gary Pate
May 16, 2022 9:09 am

Sounds about right to me, Gary.

Streetcred
May 14, 2022 10:50 pm

If the leaders of developing countries want to build their people a sea wall, or other “climate” mitigation public works, they should get off their butts and stop looting the Treasury.

DMacKenzie
Reply to  Streetcred
May 15, 2022 7:47 am

In Canada, the givernment just allocated billions to Indigenous housing projects. Deemed necessary because of CC in the north country being twice as bad as average, so is part of the climate mitigation budget. A blatant misappropriation of the “sin tax” CO2 funds….

Old Man Winter
Reply to  DMacKenzie
May 15, 2022 9:10 am

All of Canada could use at least 10C-20C of glow-bull warming. Being able to throw a hot
cup of water into the air & having it freeze before it hits the ground is too cold for both man
& beast. I’m sure the Indigenous people would sign on to that, too!

Simonsays
May 14, 2022 11:03 pm

As someone once said dont stand between a 3rd world leader and a bucket of money

observa
May 14, 2022 11:37 pm

I say the UN should encourage Russia to donate free gas to Africa so they can install all the wind and solar farms they so desperately want to. Transitioning with noble cause gas.

Willem post
Reply to  observa
May 15, 2022 5:09 am

The UN should propose Russia to sell oil, gas and coal at a discount to Europe for the sole purpose of Europe installing free wind, solar and batteries systems in poor countries.

In return, there would be an immediate cease fire, Europe and the U.S. would lift all sanctions, stop weapons flow and training of the Ukraine military, and give Russia east Ukraine, which has been inhabited by Russian-speaking people for 500 years.

Brad-DXT
May 14, 2022 11:46 pm

This spring, Congress allocated less than one third of the international climate funding it pledged, even as it rushed billions of dollars in military assistance to Ukraine.”

I’d like to know the names of the congress critters that voted yes to sending any money to this group of scam artists. I probably vote against them already but I want to be sure.

I certainly hope we can get enough sensible people into congress to impeach the senile bastard, his criminal family, and the rest of his cronies causing a blight on the country.

FJB

John Hultquist
Reply to  Brad-DXT
May 15, 2022 7:57 am

Yours is an argument to make Kamala Harris president and one of her friends vice-president.

H.R.
Reply to  John Hultquist
May 15, 2022 8:54 am

Step 2, impeach Kamala-la-la Harris, and so on down the line until we finally get to a President picked at random from the Indianapolis phone directory.

michael hart
Reply to  John Hultquist
May 15, 2022 9:50 am

But who is in charge right now? I can imagine Putin asking the same question. It’s scary.

Brad-DXT
Reply to  John Hultquist
May 15, 2022 9:56 am

She would be included in the crony category.

Her donation and proactive advocacy for the bailing out of violent protesters should help in efforts to remove her.

fretslider
May 15, 2022 1:07 am

Developing nations who have benefited from Western invention, medicine etc owe a debt

A thank you would be nice

Willem post
Reply to  fretslider
May 15, 2022 5:12 am

They provide us with cheap labor to make clothes, shoes, and artificial Xmas trees.

fretslider
Reply to  Willem post
May 15, 2022 5:48 am

I see, they provide you with cheap labour.

And there was I thinking they got all the manufacturing jobs from western workers to keep emissions down….

“Another hole has been punched in the leftist promise of a so-called “green jobs revolution”, as wind turbine manufacturing jobs are sent to Communist-run China and the Middle East.

Local manufacturing firm BiFab, located just miles from the enormous Seagreen offshore wind project, has not been awarded any of the work on the expensive turbines for Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE), with 84 of 114 required being awarded to a Chinese yard and 30 to a firm based in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). “We are extremely disappointed that the developers have chosen to exclude Scottish yards from any fabrication contracts,” said DF Barnes, which owns BiFab along with the Scottish Government”
https://www.breitbart.com/europe/2020/09/19/so-much-for-green-jobs-scottish-turbine-manufacturing-work-goes-to-communist-china/

Retired_Engineer_Jim
Reply to  fretslider
May 15, 2022 8:39 am

“… along with the Scottish Government”

willem post
Reply to  fretslider
May 16, 2022 8:41 am

If the US were “credited” with the CO2 of all its (imports – exports), then the US annual CO2 would be much greater than at present.

No costs for environmental standards in Southeast Asia, plus LOW wages, plus Hard-Working people, plus no unions.

All the US does is print more money to pay for the imports, and export OUR LNG soUS prices go up from $3/million Btu in 2000 to $9/million Btu in 2022, and export OUR diesel to Europe, which is not paying its fair share to support Ukraine, whereas the US is paying double of what the EU pays.

This whole business stinks to high heavens.

willem post
Reply to  willem post
May 16, 2022 8:44 am

First there was a baby food shortage, but now it looks like there will be shortages and PRICE INCREASES all over the place.

EU and US policies are amounting to a war on fossil fuels, plus the Russian invasion of Ukraine, will contribute to a Worldwide food crisis

Russia and Ukraine, together, produce half of the fertilizer used in the United States, and fertilizer prices have QUADRUPLED, 

However, the fourfold surge in fertilizer prices will affect African and European countries more severely than the United States, because the latter is currently more independent with regard to food.

Both Ukraine and Russia are major producers of the world’s wheat and corn. Together, they account for about 29 percent of global wheat exports, 19 percent of global corn supply, and 80 percent of global sunflower oil exports.

Moreover, the irrigation systems in southeastern Ukraine have been bombed and ports have been cut off.

Mariupol, a port on the Azov Sea, has already been cut off
Odesa, a Black Sea port, is next.

That will land lock Ukraine, and prevent it from exporting.

The biggest component of food cost is transportation, so the current Biden war on fossil fuels has made the United States no longer oil independent.

Nitrogen-based fertilizers are made from natural gas, so the inane war on fossil fuels, and on energy independence impact the cost of fertilizers and food

Coconut water, from Thailand, a can used to cost $1.44, but now the cost is $15, due to rising transportation cost

Kazinski
May 15, 2022 1:16 am

We don’t owe nothing until Congress says we owe it. And both Obama and Biden have refused to submit any of these climate treaties they keep signing to Congress.

You’d think there would be some kind of document or FAQ page that people could look.at to see how our government works, something like maybe the Constitution, so it would eliminate the confusion.

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PCman999
Reply to  Kazinski
May 15, 2022 2:03 am

We don’t owe anything. FULL STOP.

There, fixed it for you.

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Vlad the Impaler
Reply to  PCman999
May 15, 2022 11:46 am

“We don’t OWN anything, until Congress says we OWN it.”

Fixed it for both of you; you’re welcome,

Vlad

PCman999
May 15, 2022 1:55 am

Canada and Russia are on the front lines of climate change, not Africa or other equatorial/tropical regions, as per the IPCC itself. PM me for the address where Biden can send the reparations.

If the measly ~2°C of warming since the icy depth of the Little Ice Age circa AD1700 is really due to all the wood, coal, oil and methane burned by certain countries working their way out of poverty, then the rest of the world should not pay attention to socialist warmunist con artists and copy what the ‘West’ (including Japan and Korea, and now China, too) and develop and use the fossil fuels as best you can – taking advantage of all the hard development work that has already been done to get super efficient and clean burning tech like combined cycle gas turbines and super-critical coal fired plants available.

Vuk
May 15, 2022 3:39 am

No worries, the world is in safe hands.
President Putin has gone mad.
President Xi refusing to have a brain operation.
President Boden well… , no comment.

LdB
May 15, 2022 4:38 am

I love the greentards and these repeating ideas they promote as some sort of fact.

If they need a memory jog and the reality
https://jacobinmag.com/2021/11/climate-change-developing-developed-nations-cop26-unfccc

There is no mechanism for climate reparations within the COP326 agreement and even if Biden and his crazy greentard administration wanted to pay something so they felt less guilty they can’t … there is no mechanism to do so.

Greentards please stop making crap up. If you really feel guilty I can provide a bank account you can deposit money into to make you feel better.

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Herbert
May 15, 2022 4:48 am

Eric,
The Paris Accord is the international Tar Baby of “climate funding” for the US and other developed countries.
You are correct in saying that the US owes nothing to developing countries.
if readers click on the passage in the story that “This spring, Congress allocated less than one-third of the international climate funding it pledged etc.” the true picture emerges.
In 2014 President Obama pledged $3 billion to the Green Climate Fund which was and is seeking $100 billion a year from the 23 listed Developed Countries. Of that $2 billion has never been paid, because President Trump cancelled the promise when he departed Paris.
Now President Biden has promised $11.4 billion a year by 2024 of which Congress has approved some $1 billion.Some of this appears to be traditional foreign aid.
This raises the question as to what Congress “pledged”as opposed to what Obama and Biden promised.
Biden has re-joined Paris by Executive Order.
Congress is not going to be bludgeoned into meeting such “pledges”and although the EU has kicked in some $23 billion to date the GCF is going to be whistling for its $100 billion a year.
I should add that Pakistan is on record as demanding $400 billion a year and China and other Developing countries have upped the ante to $1 trillion a year for the GCF and “ climate reparations” or “ loss and damage”.

Scissor
Reply to  Herbert
May 15, 2022 5:13 am

Paris Accord, aka, ransomware.

Tom Abbott
Reply to  Scissor
May 15, 2022 5:41 am

That’s what it is.

Tom Abbott
Reply to  Herbert
May 15, 2022 5:34 am

I think Trump wants the Chicoms to pay Trillions in reparations to the U.S. for hiding the Wuhan virus from the U.S. and the world.

The Chicoms will probably be contributing more to Democrat candidates in the future. I think they contributed something like $30 million to Biden. What did they get for that money, Joe?

I hope Trump gets elected again and makes the Chicoms pay up.

Trump imposed large tariifs on the Chicoms that took in billions of dollars for the U.S. As Trump said, Before he (Trump) came along, the Chicoms had not given a dime to the U.S.

Biden is in the process of eliminating these tariffs on the Chicoms. Maybe that’s what $30 million Chicom bucks buys.

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Thomas Gasloli
May 15, 2022 5:47 am

NPR: even worse than MSNBC.

John Power
May 15, 2022 6:18 am

‘If the leaders of developing countries want to build their people a sea wall, or other “climate” mitigation public works, they should get off their butts and organise the construction of their own civic works projects, using their own materials and resources, instead of expecting the USA or other rich countries to enable their kleptocratic incompetence by parachuting in crate loads of cash to solve all their money problems.’
 
Well said, Eric. And I would add as a corollary that the leaders of the developed western countries should not make pledges to other countries that they have no real intention of keeping either. To do that is just as corrupt, in my view, as what the governments on the receiving end of the deal are doing, since it is only done to achieve a political and economic advantage for the the pledge-giving leaders personally, not to benefit the poor people of this world who stand to be made even poorer by having to pay for these ludicrous green excesses of the global billionaire-class that rules them.

George Daddis
May 15, 2022 7:19 am

“If the U.S. follows through, it’s still possible to keep global temperatures from rising catastrophically..”.
ABSURD!
Didn’t we just read that India intends to double their coal production (and consumption)?
China is not slowing down.

Joe could wave his magic wand and cease all US emissions today and the “undeveloped” world would make up the difference in a blink of an eye.

Are these “journalists” blind to what the rest of the world is doing? (Rhetorical question)

Scissor
Reply to  George Daddis
May 15, 2022 8:07 am

China does appear to be slowing down intentionally with zero COVID as the excuse. For how long? It really looks insane at the moment at least.

Pat from kerbob
Reply to  Scissor
May 15, 2022 3:30 pm

One company I work with, their plant in Shanghai has been chained shut for over a month, with 80 people inside.
And people wonder why supply chains are so screwed

DaveinCalgary
May 15, 2022 8:11 am

Rebecca Hersher of NPR says “The United States owes billions of dollars in climate funding to developing countries. But the war in Ukraine is delaying payments

So much incoherence in one sentence! No, the US doesn’t owe this money as it was never passed by congress. But even if she thinks the US does owe this money, The US just printed several Trillion dollars out of thin air in the last 2 years but in her mind it cant print a few billion more because of Ukraine? She is a “reporter” that listens to the propaganda from the White House and internalizes it as fact without a tenth of a second of reflection or critical thinking. Literally a talking parrot.

If I demonstrated this much incompetence in my job I would have been fired.

Gordon A. Dressler
May 15, 2022 8:33 am

NPR, get a clue! The USA does NOT owe “billions of dollars climate reparations to the developing world”.

Never has, never will.

n.n
May 15, 2022 8:45 am

The 2014 Biden/Maidan/Slavic Spring is one of diverse means for a progressive cover-up of political, scientific, social, and economic corruption, dysfunction, and Wuhan-style labs.

michael hart
May 15, 2022 8:56 am

 “…and that has leaders in low-lying and less wealthy nations feeling frustrated and forgotten.”

Probably because they are just as corrupt as the Ukrainian government. It was free money destined for their own pockets.

Doonman
May 15, 2022 9:49 am

The United States owes billions of dollars in climate funding to developing countries.

No, we don’t. The United States pays for everything it acquires on receipt of goods imported.

Earthling2
May 15, 2022 11:54 am

The irony is that much of the 3rd world developing countries are in the tropics or round the equator where it is hot already, and the current story line is that warming will happen more in the polar regions than the tropics. So unless blaming sea level rise in 100 years for our industrial revolution that brought so much good and prosperity to the entire planet, it seems that the third world countries hoping for climate reparations are just praying fo a golden goose to land in their back yards.

Gary Pearse
May 15, 2022 12:37 pm

“If the U.S. follows through, it’s still possible to keep global temperatures from ..” blah blah.

Yes, it wouldn’t do to say it’s too late now, would it! Anyway the imaginary debt is actually being paid in the best way possible for all parties – through the Third World tackling their poverty on their own and industrializing using coal fired electricity plants.

marlene
May 15, 2022 1:51 pm

The Biden administration insults our intelligence – because they don’t recognize it. BS is all they’ve got.

Marty Cornell
May 15, 2022 3:38 pm

The USA owes nothing until sanctioned by Congress.

Timbotoo
May 15, 2022 3:55 pm

Do they explain how lining the pockets of third world dictators is going to help?

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