The COP in Glasgow was a bust.
(If you want an alternative explanation and have been duped by leftist media, read Katie Turriff’s “How Carradine Helped Hijack the Climate Conference.”)
Scientists didn’t much care for all the hand-wringing over climate disruption, or the 50 percent increase in sea levels. And many of those who did make it to COP26 were unimpressed with the summit’s plans to work within national jurisdictions, rather than coordinate with the almost 200 nations that have set the Paris agreement as the new roadmap for solving global warming.
More often than not, the “worst-case scenario” turned out to be way off-base. Even some economic forecasts had predicted negative consequences for Europe and the world, but the worst-case scenarios never panned out.
The leaders of Russia, Canada, Ukraine, and South Africa pulled out early because they were unhappy with the collaborative approach. Chinese officials derided the existing architecture, but no other country said anything similar. The only organized resistance by a large nation came from Pakistan, but that was just all the more disappointing given Pakistan’s power of growth and relative prosperity.
What Pakistan wanted instead were sanctions on Switzerland, Australia, and other countries that sell wheat to the Taliban.
The senior US negotiator, Gina McCarthy, has already indicated that the U.S. is done with the multilateral meetings. She said the US won’t work at the UN level on climate because:
The US recognizes what it has been arguing in the negotiations for the last decade: that there are very large differences between developed and developing countries, on both the historical emissions accounting and on the pre-industrial emissions base points. Thus, neither has the wherewithal, nor the will, to implement mitigation measures by 2020.
In fact, a lot of what they’re doing is pretty silly. This is what COP26 yielded:
#UAE renews commitment to #WeAreTheFuture. Statement commits to development and adaptations, and says #WeAreTheFuture will be realized in partnership. https://t.co/3WhP5cjfMX — WFP (@WFP) December 2, 2018
And this is what people like Raffaello Garofalo have been calling “adventure”:
To be effective on climate change requires a high-quality collaborative creative solution, where there is state support, the private sector responds, consumer-level behavior changes occur, and the benefits of the solution are widely shared and embedded in the economy. #COP26 https://t.co/okgJ7MCfE5 — Raffaello Garofalo (@RaffaelloGarofalo) December 2, 2018
Well, and collaboration in two sense:
COP is what; disarmament, war and peace, is what: undermining a key U.S. principle (Adherence to U.N. Security Council decisions) which, as anyone who has been in East Harlem or Gaza knows, promotes forceful outcomes. #COP26 https://t.co/24t8Kqb7i7 — Raffaello Garofalo (@RaffaelloGarofalo) December 2, 2018
Our country’s business is consistent with its interests and there is really nothing in the Geneva document that can or should be changed. #COP26 https://t.co/7Tg4b8nHRv — Raffaello Garofalo (@RaffaelloGarofalo) December 2, 2018
Finally, on the economic side: