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Posted on: November 6, 2021

BRENDAN DE MELLE, A CLIMATE ACTIVIST AT DESMOG BLOG WRITES ABOUT COP26

LINK TO SOURCE: https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/#inbox/FMfcgzGlkjdkTcJdtrKnztWGfnPdpFDz

HERE IS WHAT HE SAYS

This week it’s been all about the COP26 climate summit and our team is on the ground in Glasgow to bring you the latest on what’s happening. As Rich Collette-White reports, a total 11 climate science deniers have secured passes to the UN COP26 climate summit taking place in Glasgow, Scotland, including Myron Ebell, the head of former US President Donald Trump’s transition team at the Environmental Protection Agency. CFACT and the Heartland Institute are hosting an alternative side event but their influence seems to be waning. As one climate expert said: “these days, almost no-one cares. Meanwhile, not only has Brazil sent the largest delegation to the climate summit, but the delegation, responsible for representing the country’s interests, includes representatives from two major Brazilian meat companies linked to Amazon deforestation. At the same time, Brazil joined over 100 countries to announce a “landmark” pledge to protect forests, promising to end deforestation by 2030. And, after navigating the “blue zone” where countries have set up large corporate-style pavilions, we found that just two of the 35 stalls lauding countries’ green credentials at the COP26 UN climate summit mention the need to cut fossil fuel production the chief cause of the carbon emissions driving climate change.

Just Two Countries Mention Need to Cut Fossil Fuel Production at COP26. Denmark and South Africa were the only exceptions among the 35 country pavilions at the UN climate summit, and the latter’s stall is sponsored by coal companies. Saudi Arabia was among the country pavilions at COP26 which failed to mention the need to reduce fossil fuel production. Only two of the 35 stalls lauding countries’ green credentials at the COP26 UN climate summit mention the need to cut fossil fuel production, the chief cause of the carbon emissions driving climate change, and supposedly THE issue at COP meetings. The summit’s official “blue zone” includes large corporate-style pavilions run by some of the world’s leading producers of oil, gas, and coal, including the United States, Australia, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, Russia, United Arab Emirates, Germany, and Qatar. They highlight the countries’ environmental efforts while failing to mention their fossil fuel economy. There are two exceptions, Denmark and South Africa. Yet, Denmark is the largest oil producer in the EU, while South Africa is a significant producer and exporter of coal. Ironically, the COP meeting is founded on the objective that no new fossil fuel projects can proceed if the Paris Agreement’s 1.5 degree C temperature limit is to be met. When asked by DeSmog, officials were unable to explain this anomaly. There are some exceptions among the country pavilions. For example, the Bangladesh pavilion says they will tansition away from diesel powered water pumps and Egypt says it plans to transition away from fossil fuels. The Korean pavilion says it will reduce fossil fuel emissions for energy generation.

The absence of a focus on fossil fuel extraction in COPs is not new but found in all COPs. The refusal to confront the fossil fuel issue at meetings to end fossil fuels is the great contradiction of not just this COP but of all COPs. This is why the COP series has needed 26 of them and why it is best understood as an infinite series.

CONCLUSION: A MEETING TO END FOSSIL FUEL EMISSIONS DOES NOT WANT TO TALK ABOUT FOSSIL FUEL EMISSIONS. THIS CONTRADICTION OF THESE UN COP GATHERINGS UNDOES THE CREDIBILITY OF THE CLIMATE MOVEMENT AND IS BEST UNDERSTOOD IN TERMS OF THE STRUCTURE AND ORGANIZATION OF THE UN.

PLEASE SEE: https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2794991

WHAT REALLY MATTERS IN THESE MEETINGS ARE THINGS LIKE THE LIFESIZE DAVID ATTENBOROUGH CAKE.

AND THAT EXPLAINS THIS SORDID HISTORY OF COPS: https://tambonthongchai.com/2021/06/05/the-paris-agreement/

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