COP27 Greenwishing: Progressive Discontent



The script for the annual two-week Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP) is an open secret. Fly in; sound the alarm; enjoy the opulence; plead and cajole; go into overtime; trumpet a last-minute breakthrough.

Don’t talk about unsettled climate science or the positives of carbon dioxide, from global greening to warmer winters. Don’t mention consumers, taxpayers, or fiscal discipline. Pretend that the current world energy crisis is a bump in the road. No backtracking! And perhaps most of all, be optimistic and make plans for COP28 next year in the United Arab Emirates.

This is the official line. But many activists are losing patience with the party of Parties. Here are some samplings from the true believers.

Andrew Griffiths, Director of Community & Partnerships, PlanetMark:

Copying and pasting the Glasgow COP26 agreements on climate mitigation is equivalent to standing still on a treadmill…. [T]his agreement currently represents an empty bucket, and the detail of who should fill it, with how much money, then how the funds should be distributed and to whom are pretty substantial features to be ironed out [w]hen we haven’t even lived up to our 2009 commitment to provide $100B per year….

“We lose ground for every year that slips by without meaningful action because the climate crisis finish line moves further into the distance, requiring ever greater efforts to reach,” Griffiths added. “The fact that delegations had to fight tooth and nail to even keep the climate mitigation commitments agreed in Glasgow in effect is extremely disappointing.”

Assaad Razzouk, “the angry clean energy guy”:

#COP27 will be remembered as the year fossil fuels hijacked the UN climate talks: attendees connected to the oil & gas industry were everywhere, turning COP27 into a fossil fuel fair. The COPs have become obsolete.

Luis López Lemus, Systems Ecologist:

While the US has agreed to pay $1 billion dollars in climate reparations to poorer nations, China, by far the world’s largest emitter, will pay nothing —that’s a true litmus test as these policies have absolutely nothing to do with the environment… it’s just wealth redistribution!

Alessandra Lehmen, “world on fire” climate lawyer:

COP27’s slogan, “Together for implementation” set the tone for what was expected to be a “show me the money” conference. It didn’t quite deliver….

Fossil fuel “phase-down” from Glasgow – already watered down from “phase-out” – was again watered down to “low-emission and renewable energy,” opening the door to, e.g., natural gas…. Stalled advances on …Glasgow’s Mitigation Work Program (MWP); lack of concrete action towards Paris’ 1.5 degree goal.

Rob Cameron, Global Head of Public Affairs and ESG Engagement, Nestlé

There are cheers for the fact that there IS a Loss and Damage agreement… BUT… deserved boos for the lack of progress on mitigation. Indeed, whilst the #1.5 degree limit … is still there, Glasgow’s text has been adapted and hopes of remaining within that limit are weakening.

Greta did not attend COP27, to her credit. But her angst against COP threatens a Civil War within the movement. Consider this take from a self-described Climate Justice Policy Specialist:

COP 27 has all the characteristics of the bloated, elitist and ineffectual process detractors wish to portray it as:

Wealthy people from around the world fly into an eyewateringly (prohibitively) expensive resort under an oppressive regime beset with human rights issues. Once there, they take part in glitzy corporate events or well-intentioned but procedurally insignificant side events. All this distracts from the main purpose – the negotiation of the global response to the climate crisis – which is stymied by bad faith actors and broken promises, away from the eyes of the majority of the 40,000 attendees.

It is a circus, it looks bad and it undermines public trust. The extravagant pavilions and wine receptions are a far cry from the lives of people living in poverty, or struggling under the cost of living crisis or the impacts of climate change. The increasing corporate capture serves to underscore the lack of representation for working class communities. The ease of access for fossil fuel companies, as emissions continue to rise, undermines the sincerity of the work in the eyes of the public.

Seán McCabe recommends “more humble settings,” far less private-sector participation, and “ending the ‘World Fair’ element of COP.” He also floats an eerie suggestion: “Fossil fuel actors should be prohibited or provided a unique badge colour.”


The Guardian (UK) declares “World still ‘on brink of climate catastrophe’ after COP27 deal.” This refrain, now in its fourth decade, is at odds with the official statistics about temperature and weather extremes—and the bottom line of climate-related deaths. Climate/CO2 optimism is merited to end the open-ended government forays against affordable, reliable energy.

The annual COP meetings should be allowed to die for lack of progress. But if there is a COP28, the theme of the conference should be Reconsidering Climate Alarmism and Forced Energy Transformation. Set up an array of debates. Question authority. Prepare for new conclusions. Make mid-course corrections—even wholesale reversals. Yes, that time has come after decades of futile, costly activism.

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December 1, 2022 2:14 am

The Grauniad is perpetually on the psychiatrist’s couch

These people helped to cripple the young with climate anxiety, after all

Reply to  strativarius
December 1, 2022 7:35 am

I don’t know how. Few people read the Guardian, and none of them are young.

Reply to  Disputin
December 1, 2022 8:45 am

They have allies you know, Iike the BBC etc

Reply to  strativarius
December 1, 2022 12:01 pm

And the BBC will add the fake content to children’s programs..

..its how they operate.

December 1, 2022 2:33 am

Its only taken them 40 years to figure out they are being scammed.

Dodgy Geezer
Reply to  HotScot
December 1, 2022 2:49 am

Its only taken them 40 years to figure out they are being scammed.

Its only taken them 40 years to figure out they are aren’t being scammed ENOUGH.

Michael in Dublin
December 1, 2022 3:34 am

Former president of Ireland, Mary Robinson, does not miss an opportunity to share with the world her wisdom on climate.

 •  She believes we are facing a catastrophe if there is 2.4C warming.
 •  Her solution: more women in politics to fight against climate change.
 •  We need both gender and racial diversity – women bring empathy to the fight
 •  We haven’t seen enough of the problem-solving, less hierarchical, more practical way in which women do address problems

There is just a little problem with what this lawyer politician is saying: it is hogwash. She does not appear to have the foggiest idea of climate, weather and how science works.

As an old man I have never seen a worse bunch of political leaders in my lifetime.

Reply to  Michael in Dublin
December 1, 2022 4:15 am

I wonder why it’s 2.4 and not 2.2, 2.3 or 2.5?

Michael in Dublin
Reply to  strativarius
December 1, 2022 5:27 am

2.4 is the magic number.
This is all a sleight of hand.

Dave Andrews
Reply to  strativarius
December 1, 2022 7:22 am

Pick a number that is convenient for yourself – everybody else seems to do so 🙂

Reply to  strativarius
December 1, 2022 8:40 am

It’s actually 2.395, but she rounded up.

Tom in Florida
Reply to  strativarius
December 1, 2022 8:43 am

Because 72/30 = 2.4

Reply to  Tom in Florida
December 1, 2022 12:03 pm

Where does the number 42 come into all this !!?

That is the real answer.

Tom in Florida
Reply to  bnice2000
December 1, 2022 1:08 pm

It’s in there. Subtract 30 from 72.

Reply to  strativarius
December 1, 2022 12:04 pm

It is a simple code. Reverse the digits and drop the decimal point.

Reply to  strativarius
December 1, 2022 10:54 pm

Because it is 42.

Reply to  Michael in Dublin
December 1, 2022 8:36 am

Yes, women are such compassionate, altruistic angels as leaders. Here in the U.S., think of Hilary Clinton, Nancy Pelosi, Kamala Harris, Maxine Waters, AOC, Margaret Sanger, …. Wow, women do such a fabulous job! We “patriarchs” need to just sit down, shut up, be amazed, and procreate only on demand. (Do I really need a /sarc tag?)

Reply to  pflashgordon
December 1, 2022 8:47 am

I think the sentiment is clear!

Rich Davis
Reply to  pflashgordon
December 1, 2022 1:23 pm

“Shut up!”, she explained.

Joe Shaw
Reply to  pflashgordon
December 1, 2022 4:29 pm

You forgot Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib.

Joseph Zorzin
December 1, 2022 3:38 am

“the climate crisis finish line”
Net zero paradise? No more hurricanes, floods, droughts, forest fires, melting glaciers?

AGW is Not Science
Reply to  Joseph Zorzin
December 1, 2022 3:47 am

I think that finish line is aptly described as “the destruction of human civilization.”

These anti-human idiots will settle for nothing less.

Harry Passfield
Reply to  Joseph Zorzin
December 1, 2022 12:50 pm

Now that is the question to pose to NZc politicians: Will NZc policies actually stop all of the above? If it doesn’t, what is the point?

Joseph Zorzin
Reply to  Harry Passfield
December 1, 2022 12:54 pm

It’s like when I ask people why they go to church. Often, the answer is “it makes me feel good”. After all, they’re gonna save the Earth!

David Dibbell
December 1, 2022 4:19 am

 “The ease of access for fossil fuel companies, as emissions continue to rise, undermines the sincerity of the work in the eyes of the public.” (From the Seán McCabe quote.)

LOL. The ease of access to the conference for the 40,000 attendees using fossil-fueled transportation already did the job, sir. There was nothing left to be undermined.

Reply to  David Dibbell
December 1, 2022 8:20 am

Let’s see them eat cake without fossil fuels.

Mark BLR
December 1, 2022 5:14 am

The script for the annual two-week Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP) is an open secret. Fly in; sound the alarm; enjoy the opulence; plead and cajole; go into overtime; trumpet a last-minute breakthrough.

Didn’t Josh do a cartoon on this 2 or 3 years back ???

[ Clickety … Searches WUWT site … ]

My mistake, it was seven years ago (almost to the day) …

Maybe the people at the Institute for Energy [ with a “y” ! ] Research should add WUWT to their “Bookmark” files / reading lists.

Ed Zuiderwijk
December 1, 2022 6:01 am

Fossil fuel actors should be provided a unique batch colour. May I suggest yellow, on a 6 pointed star shaped badge.

The correct proposal should be: fossil fuel should be prohibited. Insist all participants get there without using any fossil fuel, directly or indirectly.

December 1, 2022 7:09 am

Cooling… warming… change. Monotonic, indeed. Perhaps they can sacrifice a baby in a volcano to appease their discontent. It works for popular culture (PC), it can work for cargo cult science, too.

Joao Martins
December 1, 2022 8:14 am

So, the news is:

The promoters are sorry to announce that, as COP27 did not yield, the tipping points are post-poned one year (or sine die?).

Sweet Old Bob
Reply to  Joao Martins
December 1, 2022 5:02 pm
December 1, 2022 8:38 am

Graduate assistants in colleges in California are threatening to go on strike demanding higher pay, increased child care subidies, cheaper health insurance, etc. Looks like the number of people who believe in free lunches is still increasing. Not in this article, but for the most part these are also the same people who are demanding that their student loans be forgive.

And speaking of delusional, Sect of Treasury Yellen says that the reason why inflation is so high is because consumers are spending too much.

John Hultquist
Reply to  MarkW
December 1, 2022 10:00 am

Indeed, if everyone cut their spending by 1/3 for six months retail prices would drop.
You first.

December 1, 2022 9:20 am

Hear, hear! Useless costly activism, time to retire.

John Hultquist
December 1, 2022 9:23 am

Search-up “There’s a Hole in the Bucket” Harry Belafonte

December 1, 2022 9:32 am

Let me get this straight, OPEC meets virtually but COP does not!

Saudi Oil Exports Drop as Shipments to US and China Plunge (

Jeff L
December 1, 2022 10:40 am

At the end of the day, politicians know their constituents will not support the true costs of any energy transition so there is no way the participants of these conferences are going to try really move this forward, as it would end their political careers. It’s all green-washing. Always has been, always will be.

The only thing that will change this is some new energy technology that is actually superior to our hydrocarbon driven energy system. And that will come from private industry and innovation, not these conferences.

What is surprising (maybe) is that the true greens don’t seem to appreciate any of this … and they always seem dismayed that things aren’t moving forward in their vision. So naive !

Andy Pattullo
December 1, 2022 11:13 am

COP is a graveyard for reason, truth, modesty, frugality, decency and honesty.

Harry Passfield
December 1, 2022 12:42 pm

My older brother, bless his soul, was a Union Shop Steward in the (UK) Midlands car industry in the bad old days. He once took me to a Union meeting (above a city pub – of course) and I sat through endless propositions, points of order and statements of intent from the ‘brothers’. By closing time, most of the members, bored with proceedings, had left to go home and that’s when the real work got sorted. My brother told me that this is how it worked: keep the meeting going on trivialities and wait for the good guys to leave – and then start voting on the resolutions they wanted to pass. Very old socialist tactic. A few years later his huge car factory closed. FYI: Standard Triumph. The Unions won…???

Rich Davis
December 1, 2022 1:46 pm

IF there’s a COP28? There’s already plans for COP30!

Rich Davis
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December 1, 2022 1:48 pm
December 1, 2022 2:04 pm

The green/climate extremists (read kill capitalism) will eventually devour themselves, as the tide turns back to reality. Expect more and more desperate efforts to continue the farce…

Edward Katz
December 1, 2022 6:27 pm

These COPs have become like the Olympics; everyone knows there are associated bribes and payoffs involved, but since the organizers and sponsors stand to benefit the most, they’re likely to continue.

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