We’re already being told what a great triumph COP26 is and it’s not over yet. Countries are making pledges left, right and centre which will supposedly slow global temperature rise, phase out fossil fuels and prevent planetary destruction. What a relief!
- Pledge to protect the world’s forests by ending deforestation - Indonesia, the leading producer of palm oil, has signed up but then qualified its commitment by saying “it only agreed to keep its forest cover steady over the period — meaning trees could still be cut down and replaced”.....[by anything they want, including palm trees]. Brazil, with most of the Amazonian rainforest, also signed the pledge but qualified their support with “it would only target illegal deforestation”....[the Brazilian delegate had to hastily return to Rio on his private jet to draft a bill making illegal deforestation legal].
- Pledge to end all coal use - Again Indonesia, one of the world’s biggest coal exporters, was a signatory but the detail shows it can continue to build coal power stations at home and burn its own coal. [Forget renewables...build as many coal stations as we can so we have affordable and reliable power and we can keep attracting most of Europe’s and the UK’s industries which can’t afford their own skyrocketing energy prices]. Poland, one of the main coal users in Europe, also signed but on condition that they will phase out coal in the 2040’s, [I suspect 2049 is the year they have in mind], exactly what they had already pledged in a previous agreement [keep promising the same old promises until we have to promise new ones that extend it out further]
After 25 years of promoting and subsidising wind and solar energy, they still only account for about 2% combined of all global energy demand. There’s a very simple reason for that. They don’t work nearly as well as their conventional counterparts. If they truly represented a viable replacement for fossil fuels (and most greenies would also want nuclear gone too) then countries would have adopted them on a much larger scale by now.