‘Hypocrisy and Climate Change’

“Why would any working Canadian leave their car at home and crowd onto a bus for the bleak commute through a wintery morning, knowing environmental evangelists think it’s fine to fly 255 Canadians to Morocco for a week in the sun?”

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‘When 225 Canadians {including aboriginal leadership, who had their own panel at the conference} jet to Morocco to ‘fight climate change’, they emit clouds of hypocrisy’

Canada’s catalogue of participants is so large it takes up the better part of eight pages in the ‘United Nations’ list of attendees. Australia’s delegation can fit on two pages, as can China’s, which has 38 times Canada’s population and immensely greater emissions issues to deal with. France, which hosted last year’s conference, has five pages of names. While some Canadian delegates are footing their own bills, federal, provincial and municipal governments will pay the lion’s share of costs.

“The bloated size of the crowd extends a tradition started last year, when 335 Canadians attended the ‘United Nations Climate Change Conference’ in Paris, including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who is not attending the follow-up event in Marrakech…

“The details of a major international agreement, on climate change or anything else, are too complex to be solved in 10 days. The hard work is done well ahead of time, to avoid embarrassing national leaders in front of the cameras, either by problems that have not been resolved or because in the warm glow of the moment they make promises that contradict official policy or ignore the limits of the politically or physically possible.

“The real issues are best solved by small gatherings of major players and senior aides. In the globalized era of the Internet, expertise can quickly be obtained by phone, email or live chat, a consideration that should have been front and centre given delegates’ professed concern about mankind’s “carbon footprint”.

“The Marrakech summit is intended as a follow-up to last year’s meeting, to begin to “operationalize” the Paris accord. Does that really require the presence of a small army of bureaucrats, activists, provincial and municipal representatives and security personnel, not to mention labour bosses from ‘Unifor’, the ‘Canadian Labour Congress’, the ‘International Brotherhood of Boilermakers’ and the ‘Canadian Union of Postal Workers’?

“If these people are seized by the crucial matter of ‘climate change’, why are they not doing the hard, unglamorous work of implementation, drinking bad coffee under depressing fluorescent lights in offices back in Canada?

'Saving The Planet in Morocco' (Photo: FADEL SENNA, AFP-Getty) Images)

‘Saving The Planet in Morocco’ (Photo: FADEL SENNA, AFP-Getty) Images)

“We have seen grandiose pledges of environmental action at previous conferences, going back to “Rio” (the ‘United Nations Conference on Environment and Development’ in Rio de Janeiro) in 1992 and “Kyoto” in 1997. But governments, including our own, have consistently failed to deliver, and it is not a service to the Earth or taxpayers to pile new pledges on the heap instead of grinding out practical action plans at home.

“Especially given the self-indulgent atmosphere of UN conferences, which bear a greater resemblance to glittery film festivals than a grim struggle to save the planet. Why is it they always seem to occur in glamorous tourist destinations like Paris or Marrakech rather than, say, Birmingham or Lille?

“To be sure, the $1 million Canada’s government spent on Paris, including $130,000 for meals and $350,000 for hotels, is a drop in the $300 billion bucket of federal spending, even if it’s a worrying reminder of the disconnect between the public and private sectors, and the gap separating the privileged class from the rest of us, who lack the opportunity to blow thousands of dollars of someone else’s cash on a jaunt to Morocco. But the hypocrisy cuts deeper here.

Nobody, except, oddly, the participants, could overlook the damage to the planet caused by hordes of hangers-on jetting across oceans and continents to preach restraint. It is just too easy for critics to jeer at this hypocrisy as proof that the alarmists don’t really take global warming seriously.

“Why would any working Canadian leave their car at home and crowd onto a bus for the bleak commute through a wintery morning, knowing environmental evangelists think it’s fine to fly 255 Canadians to Morocco for a week in the sun?

“Donald Trump was elected president because of disgust at displays like this. Next time, send 20 people. Practise what you preach.”

–‘When 225 Canadians jet to Morocco to ‘fight climate change’, they emit clouds of hypocrisy’
John Robson, National Post, November 15, 2016

http://news.nationalpost.com/full-comment/john-robson-when-225-canadians-jet-to-morocco-to-fight-climate-change-they-emit-clouds-of-hypocrisy

Catherine McKenna, Canada's environment minister, chairs a panel featuring Canadian ‘indigenous’ {'Siberian settler'} leaders discussing climate change, at the COP22 climate change conference n Marrakech, Morocco, Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016 (AP Photo -- Mosa'ab Elsham)

Catherine McKenna, Canada’s environment minister, chairs a panel featuring Canadian ‘indigenous’ {‘Siberian settler’} leaders discussing climate change, at the COP22 climate change conference n Marrakech, Morocco, Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016 (AP Photo — Mosa’ab Elsham)

Canadian Government ‘Climate Action Plan’ Aims To Destroy Canadian Economy:

“The federal government has released its long-term climate strategy with a caution that most Canadians — while sympathetic to the cause — don’t yet understand the “magnitude of the challenge”.

The document suggests the country should find a way to cut emissions 80% {!} below 2005 levels by 2050 in order to match the ambition of the international Paris climate accord.

“That means ratcheting down Canada’s entire output of greenhouse gases {and most of its economy} to 150 million tonnes a year. The most recent ‘Environment Canada’ inventory assessed the country’s carbon dioxide equivalent emissions at 732 million tonnes in 2014 — and slowly rising.

“…a requirement for very deep emissions cuts from every sector by mid-century,”

says the 87-page plan, released Friday at an international climate conference in Morocco…
{Not released here in Canada, where we await our fate…}

“It lays out a number of strategies, including a major move to electrification for everything from transportation to building heating and industrial power…”
{What will generate all this electricity?}

–‘Federal government releases long-term climate strategy but no mention of energy sector or pipelines’,
Bruce Cheadle, Canadian Press, November 18, 2016

http://news.nationalpost.com/news/canada/canadians-may-not-realize-magnitude-of-challenge-in-2050-climate-strategy

Environment Minister Catherine McKenna at the COP22 climate change conference in Marrakech, Morocco. (PHOTO: Mosa'ab Elshamy - Associated Press)

Environment Minister Catherine McKenna at the COP22 climate change conference in Marrakech, Morocco. (PHOTO: Mosa’ab Elshamy – Associated Press)

“The rhetoric of climate change has an aversion to reality, seduces governments into ignoring the needs of their citizens, and fires the minds of politicians who imagine themselves saving the world. In other words, it tempts them to feel they are more important than they are, that they are working with “history”, rather than operating administrations faced with more immediate, if mundane, needs. That is always a snare and a delusion.”
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“At the critical moment of every second-rate movie ever made, when the town is under siege from the bandits, or the maiden is tied to the railway tracks and the hero is lost on what must be done, there will come a voice from the crowd:

“What we need now is action!”

“With that insight, the posse forms, the hero swoops, the town is saved, the maiden rescued from the onrushing locomotive, Stetsons fly into the air, and the victors ride off into the sunset.

“I thought of these old and desperate melodramas when I read of Catherine McKenna, our environment and climate change minister on safari to save the planet, this time in Marrakesh, Morocco, trailing her own posse.

“The minister signalled to the world that Canada was, again, on the case:

“We’re moving forward, as is the world. Everyone is absolutely committed to climate action.”

“Great news. Everyone is agreed that what we need now is action. Almost makes you wonder why in all their multitudes they went to Marrakesh at all, what with everyone “absolutely committed” to … action.

“Does the “everyone” of which she speaks include President-elect Donald Trump? And does that “whole world” contain the greatest industrial powerhouse of our troubled globe, the U.S.? Does Trump’s charming disinclination to heed the belief that the Earth is doomed without a carbon tax subtract from McKenna’s universalist optimism? It should.

“For if the U.S. decides that Paris and its tenuous, non-binding resolutions are not of interest, is not her buoyant outburst more than a little out of key? With the U.S. out of the climate game, China multiplying coal-powered plants and free to spew emissions, India emergent as an industrial power, and half the world paying lip service to the cause, whence comes McKenna’s furious optimism?

“From an empty place, I would offer.

“But regardless of what a Trump administration might do to the concert of consensus, McKenna soldiers on: The rest of the world

“recognize(s) that pricing pollution is the best way to reduce emissions.”

“The minister is playing semantic shuffle here. Carbon dioxide does not make smog. She is taking the lingo of the fight against pollution, which was sensible and has had demonstrable results, and using it for brush work on the different terrain of (contested) theories of imminent climatic disaster.

“Nor is “pricing pollution … the best way to reduce emissions”. The best way would be to forbid all use of fossil fuel by diktat. Or, more congenially, to ask all countries to stop all industrial activity based on the use of oil, gas and coal. This would obviously be a huge hit in China, India, Africa, Cuba — now that it is in the sunshine again — and, of course, Canada. Though drastic, it would at least have the merit of matching in substance the fever of the hyperbolic, apocalyptic rhetoric that trails around world climate conferences.

“As ice to the fevered brow, let me offer a more contained understanding of what it means for the climate change file now that Trump will be adding ‘Air Force One’ to his fleet. Brad Wall, premier of Saskatchewan, does not have McKenna’s gift for unmoored enthusiasms, but he does have a good eye for irresistible facts. His view is it

“makes no sense for our federal government to push ahead with imposing a national carbon tax when our biggest trading partner — and our biggest competitor for investment and jobs — is not going to have one.”

“Could Wall, who is not in Marrakesh, be on to something? At a time of economic stress in the Western provinces, the Alberta economy blistered by oil prices, Fort McMurray still reeling from the after-effects of the inferno last spring, Newfoundland wandering into debt hell — why impose artificial and unilateral restraints on our national economy? In particular, why impose restraints that will place us at major disadvantage with the one economy that matters most to Canada?

“I doubt Wall’s more realistic take on these matters will do much to suppress the Trudeau government’s enchantment with posturing on the world stage. On this file, McKenna is clearly speaking the wishes of her prime minister, who prefers to see the election of Trump as having no bearing on his beloved climate tax.

“Justin Trudeau insisted in a recent interview that it is he, not Trump, who is “on the right side of history”, an awkward phrase in the best of times. Being “on the right side of history”, and Trudeau should know this, has an unfortunate provenance, and is always more of a cloudy boast than a fact.

“He went on to assert that

“there is tremendous economic disadvantage from not acting in ‘the fight against climate change’; for not pushing toward cleaner jobs and reducing emissions.”

“If he really wished to substantiate that argument, Ontario provides a perfect illustration: its ‘green’ energy policy is a master plan for plunging a prosperous province into lacerating debt, while financing its dream with power bills that are stirring a populist revulsion.

The rhetoric of climate change has an aversion to reality, seduces governments into ignoring the needs of their citizens, and fires the minds of politicians who imagine themselves saving the world. In other words, it tempts them to feel they are more important than they are, that they are working with “history”, rather than operating administrations faced with more immediate, if mundane, needs. That is always a snare and a delusion.”

–‘Curb your climate change enthusiasm’,
Rex Murphy, National Post, November 18, 2016

http://news.nationalpost.com/full-comment/rex-murphy-curb-your-climate-change-enthusiasm

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