Monday, 12 June 2017

Merkel`s G-20 Climate Alliance is Crumbling

Merkel’s G-20 Climate Alliance Is Crumbling

The German chancellor had been hoping to isolate Donald Trump on climate issues at the upcoming G-20 summit in Hamburg. But Merkel’s hoped-for alliance is crumbling, underscoring Germany’s relative political weakness globally. Many countries are wary of angering the United States.

By Christiane Hoffmann, Peter Müller and Gerald Traufetter
June 09, 2017 06:49 PM
German Chancellor Angela Merkel had actually thought that Canada’s young, charismatic prime minister, Justin Trudeau, could be counted among her reliable partners. Particularly when it came to climate policy. Just two weeks ago, at the G-7 summit in Sicily, he had thrown his support behind Germany. When Merkel took a confrontational approach to U.S. President Donald Trump, Trudeau was at her side.
But by Tuesday evening, things had changed. At 8 p.m., Merkel called Trudeau to talk about how to proceed following Trump’s announced withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement. To her surprise, the Canadian prime minister was no longer on the attack. He had switched to appeasement instead.
What would be wrong with simply striking all mentions of the Paris Agreement from the planned G-20 statement on climate, Trudeau asked. He suggested simply limiting the statement to energy issues, something that Trump would likely support as well. Trudeau had apparently changed his approach to Trump and seemed concerned about further provoking his powerful neighbor to the south.
The telephone call made it clear to Merkel that her strategy for the G-20 summit in early July might fail. The chancellor had intended to clearly isolate the United States. at the Hamburg meeting, hoping that 19 G-20 countries would underline their commitment to the Paris Agreement and make Trump a bogeyman of world history. A score of 19:1.

From the G-6 to the G-3
But even before Trump announced the American withdrawal from the Paris Agreement that evening in the White House Rose Garden, it had become clear in Berlin that they would miss their first target. Led by the Italian G-7 presidency, the plan had been for a joint reaction to Trump’s withdrawal, an affirmation from the remaining six leading industrial nations: We remain loyal to Paris.
Suddenly, though, Britain and Japan no longer wanted to be part of it. British Prime Minister Theresa May didn’t want to damage relations with Trump, since she would need him in the event of a hard Brexit, the Chancellery surmised last week. And given the tensions with North Korea, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe couldn’t put his country’s alliance with the U.S. at risk. In other words: Climate policy is great, but when it comes to national interests, it is secondary.
It is a defeat for Merkel, and not just when it comes to climate policy. It is also a setback for her claim to leadership on the global stage. Germany’s geopolitical influence, the incident shows, remains limited. When it comes to power, security and interests, Germany is a not a global player, but a mid-sized power that isn’t even able to keep Europe together.
Hope Fades
In parallel, though, Merkel’s advisers are working on an “Action Plan on Climate, Energy and Growth,” a document that had initially been planned for the 19 in Merkel’s original 19:1 calculation. But hope is fading that enough heads of state and government can be found to sign the document.
There are widespread concerns that a whole list of countries might pull back out of fear of the consequences for their relations with Trump – something they aren’t willing to risk over the question as to how hot it might be on the planet in 100 years.
(acknowledgements to  David Middleton.

Friday, 2 June 2017

President Trump withdraws the United States from Paris Climate Agreement


                           The cost of the Paris Climate Deal would be at least $100 trillion(yes trillon!) for the rest of this century with a maximum reduction of 0.3 F degrees in global average temperature.(insignificant).  Even this assumes global warming when the changing sun points to global cooling and a new ice age (backed by nearly all UK physics research departments in UK universities).  The moves to renewables both in the US and in the UK will devastate their economies if not stopped. The German press agency DPA has reported over 330 000 electricity consumers disconnected from the electric grid over the past year because they cannot afford to pay their high electricity bills due to the massive subsidies given to renewables.  In the UK the recent OBR report estimates that all households in the UK will by 2022 be paying £722 per household for these same subsidies. High electricity prices are due to renewables subsidies not due to the energy companies as politicians would try to have you believe.
               The Paris agreement would trap billions in extreme poverty for generations by denying them access to abundant, affordable, reliable energy.   the agreement allows countries like China to go on  building hundreds of coal fired power stations up to 2030.  No wonder China backs the agreement.  The Paris Agreement is illegal in the US and never got the vote of the Senate in the US Congress.  It has been treated as a treaty although it was due to ex President Obama signing a executive order. It should have gone to the Senate where it would have been defeated.  Senator James Inhofe says "By pulling out of the Paris Agreement Trump is further demonstrating his priority of American energy dominance"(USA Today).  The US has paid $1 billion into the Green climate fund,  China and Russia have paid nothing.  No wonder China supports the agreement.