Britain Follows Paris Climate Deal With Cuts To Green Subsidies

paris screedBritain cut more renewable energy subsidies on Thursday, putting jobs at risk and drawing criticism for losing credibility in tackling climate change, a week after the landmark deal in Paris. Britain’s Conservative government has been reining in spending on all renewables subsidies since it took power in May, saying the cost of technology has come down sharply and subsidies should reflect that. Thursday’s cuts came a day after it allowed the use of fracking to extract shale gas below national parks and protected areas and as it is expected to announce the winners of new onshore oil and gas licenses. —Reuters, 17 December 2015

MPs on Wednesday voted in favour of the use of fracking to extract shale gas under national parks, weakening a decision against fracking in national parks made earlier this year and giving shale gas explorers access to more resources. Britain is estimated to have substantial amounts of gas trapped in underground shale rocks and Prime Minister Cameron has pledged to go all-out to extract these reserves, to help offset declining North Sea oil and gas output. MPs, who supported the rule change with a slim 37-vote margin, decided to loosen this rule on Wednesday by allowing shale gas explorers to undertake fracking at least 1,200 metres below the surface in national parks. —Reuters, 17 December 2015

The ink hasn’t yet dried on the UN climate accord and one of the territories most at risk from global warning is already demanding an opt-out. “We still have the option of making a territorial opt-out to COP21,” Kim Kielsen, the prime minister of Greenland, said during a visit to Copenhagen on Monday. “We have an emissions quota of 650,000 tonnes of CO2, which is the same as a single coal-fired power plant in Denmark, or a minor Danish city.” –Peter Levring, Bloomberg, 14 December 2015

India still plans to double coal output by 2020 and rely on the resource for decades afterwards, a senior official said on Monday, days after rich and poor countries agreed in Paris to curb carbon emissions that cause global warming. “The environment is non-negotiable and we are extremely careful about it,” Anil Swarup, the top bureaucrat in the coal ministry, told Reuters. “(But) our dependence on coal will continue. There are no other alternatives available.” —The Guardian, 14 December 2015

Less than a week since signing the global climate deal in Paris, Japan and South Korea are pressing ahead with plans to open scores of new coal-fired power plants, casting doubt on the strength of their commitment to cutting CO2 emissions. Even as many of the world’s rich nations seek to phase out the use of coal, Asia’s two most developed economies are burning more than ever and plan to add at least 60 new coal-fired power plants over the next 10 years. —Japan Times, 16 December 2015

A new paper forecasts that overall winter sea ice extent will remain steady in the near future. This research underlines the significance of satellite data showing that Arctic sea ice extent now is broadly similar to that reported a decade ago. Climate scientists at the US National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) found that changes in the North Atlantic ocean circulation could allow overall winter sea ice extent to remain steady in the near future, with continued loss in some regions balanced by possible growth in others, including in the Barents Sea. —Reporting Climate Science, 11 December 2015

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    Amber

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    Is Britain getting nervous about all the preventable deaths caused by fuel poverty ?

    Hard to by a vote when gramps froze from no heat as a result of government politically correct nonsense .

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    Amber

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    And in the USA is a President that promotes global warming as the biggest issue of our time . Humans are going to control the earth’s temperature within a degree or two through a Co2 knob . Where do these fruit cakes come from ?

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    Robert

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    Amber, don’t mistake someone’s public stance as representing what they believe. Obama knows it is bullshit, but it is profitable bullshit in more ways than one so he will ride it for all it is worth.

    It buys him votes, it increases political control and power, it props up his “legacy” which is the only thing he really cares about, and the list goes on.

    Out president is an idiot who hasn’t had an original idea the entire time he’s been in office. He got there because of the color of his skin and for no other reason, he was re-elected for the same reason. Given that he IS fully aware of the stupidity of the people that put him into that office do you really think he wouldn’t milk that stupidity for all it is worth?

    The Democrats know the bulk of their voters are effectively morons more concerned with what Kim Kardashian is wearing today than whether or not other people have jobs or food. They count on it every election.

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    Amber

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    Robert ,True True , I also wonder how much of his legacy is actually politician payback for some of his biggest donors who were likely very disappointed with their return on investment in the first term . Even Kerry was singing a little to loud until after Paris when the bullshit factor was at it’s peak. We saw the climb down to reality afterwards so he could get something on the record to distance himself from the climate fraud propaganda .

    The USA could return to a cave dweller economy and there would be no discernible
    change in the earth’s temperature . Gee what a surprise .

    I would think they are relieved to have paid off
    that debt ,they sure look like it .

    And people wonder why Donald Trump is climbing in popularity . At least he would be loyal to his country .

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