Obama Puts Heat On India Over Climate Commitments

lifestyleContrary to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s recent observation that India was under “no pressure” for climate commitments, a US envoy said on Monday that India is being “closely watched” for its contribution to climate change. US envoy Richard Verma said the country was being “closely watched” for its intended contribution towards the global response to climate change. “I don’t think it’s an understatement to say the world is watching very closely what India will do,” he said. —The Times of India, 20 April 2015

The developed world would have to “walk the talk” on climate change and provide a green climate fund to the developing world, Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar has said, ahead of a crucial UN meet on the issue in Paris later this year. “Prime Minster (Narendra Modi) has put up an ambitious target of generating 175,000 megawatts of renewable energy. That is a huge contribution of India, because it will save 350 million tonnes of carbon emissions each year and would require 150 billion of investment. So the developed world would also have to put their best foot forward,” he said. —Press Trust of India, 20 April 2015 

Ahead of the UN climate talks in Paris later this year, the US today said there is no divide between developed and developing nations on the issue of climate change and emphasised the need to work together to confront challenges of global warming. US Ambassador to India Richard R Verma said: “I think we are moving out and we need to move out of early 1990s world, which was divided into two camps. We are not in two camps anymore.” —The Indian Tribune, 21 April 2015

President Obama said, “Today, there is no greater threat to our planet than climate change.” I say “incredibly” because that just isn’t true – and if President Obama really believes it is, then it is time to panic. Given the state of the world and the urgent problems facing us that directly affect our prospects for peace and prosperity, global warming shouldn’t even be in the top five on the list of problems our president should be worrying about. President Obama is living in a world of denial. He uses global warming as a distraction to dodge the real problems we face and avoid critiques of his performance. –Ed Rogers, The Washington Post, 20 April 2015

This is Earth Day’s 45th anniversary and it’s also – according to Earth Day Network’s somewhat optimistic website – “the year in which world leaders finally pass a binding climate treaty” and “the year in which citizens and organizations divest from fossil fuels and put their money into renewable energy solutions.” To which there is only one sensible answer and it consists of three words: Ain’t. Gonna. Happen. There will be no “binding climate treaty” at the UN climate summit in Paris this year because there has been no ‘global warming’ for 220 months. As the Global Warming Policy Forum’s Benny Peiser notes, this “temperature pause” will lead to a “policy pause.” –James Delingpole, Breitbart News, 22 April 2015

Anyone interested in climate change will have noticed the numerous headlines proclaiming March 2015 to be the warmest month ever and the first three months of 2015 to have broken the record for the warmest start to any year on record. This year has undoubtedly started off warm, but the claim that it is unprecedented and an obvious example of global warming can only be justified by ignoring contradictory evidence, as many journalists and scientists did. –David Whitehouse, Global Warming Policy Forum, 21 April 2015

Preliminary forecasts from universities in the UK and the US all point to the Atlantic having below average storm activity this year, with some forecasts suggesting there could be near-record breaking low activity. These early forecasts suggest tropical storm and hurricane activity will be around half of the long-term average and if they are true, 2015 could be the quietest hurricane season for over 30 years. –Chris Burton, The Weather Network, 20 April 2015

Former U.K. Chancellor of the Exchequer Nigel Lawson tells the Wall Street Journals’s Simon Constable that climate change has become something of a “new religion” to such an extent that debating it is seen as blasphemy. He also sees an international treaty on carbon emissions as a “stupid thing. —The Wall Street Journal, 23 April 2015

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    Steve

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    “Closely watched” sounds like a veiled threat….

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      amirlach

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      Probably is.

      China and Russia get a pass simply because they are powerful nuclear States and emerging economic powers.

      Trouble is the US should be just as careful not to piss off the second most populous nation on earth next door to China. Which has likely the worlds 5th largest navy, are also armed with nuclear weapons.

      It is their time to modernize and advance onto the worlds stage as an economic and political giant. Why would they worry about a nation in such decline they cannot even defeat a pathetic band of pissant criminals like ISIS?

      Obama, Hillary and Kerry? LOL…

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    Amber

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    Given the fact about six people showed up in Florida to hear Obama speak about “climate change ” India can be fairly certain they are not being “closely watched “by anyone other than some eco nut job hustlers trying to push their view of the world .

    I doubt India cares much about what the USA bureaucrats claim .

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