A Weblog monitoring coverage of environmental issues and science in the UK media. By Professor Emeritus Philip Stott. The aim is to assess whether a subject is being fairly covered by press, radio, and television. Above all, the Weblog will focus on science, but not just on poor science. It will also bring to public notice good science that is being ignored because it may be politically inconvenient.

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Europe's climate policies fall apart.....

As long-predicted on 'EnviroSpin', Europe's blatant hypocrisy in constantly claiming the moral high ground over climate change is being revealed for all to witness. It is not a pleasant sight.

Europe's leadership is in tatters, as economic reality catches up with the rhetoric. Let's hope that we are witnessing the beginning of the end of European hype and hubris over 'global warming': 'Germany to spark "climate crisis"' (BBC Online Science/Nature News, June 27):
"The German government is about to trigger a new crisis in Europe's flagship climate policy, the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS).

BBC News understands the German cabinet is likely to agree a deal that will reduce carbon emissions from industry by only 0.6% between 2004 and 2012.

The decision is likely to influence other EU countries, including the UK, which still have to set their own caps.

Climate analysts now fear a meltdown of EU climate leadership....." (read on)

And you know things have truly collapsed when even the Swedes turn up [I was tempted to put 'turnip' - as you see, I resisted] the heat in the sauna. Birch twigs all round.

In practice, of course, there has never been any "climate leadership", just pompous blather. It is surely time for the people of Europe to be told the round, unvarnished facts of life about the 'Great Global Warming Myth' - as in my blog below.

Philip, European countries may be doing okay in the Football World Cup, but, in the Carbon World Cup, there are more dives and histrionics than in a local squad from Napoli. Time to call foul, and to show a few Red Cards. A beaker of the warm south first, of course. "Lachrymae Christi?" "Mama mia! There goes young Vesuvio - erupting with the ball in the centre circle. He passes to Lava. Can he beat that old hand, Pliny, in goal?"

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