Guest essay by Eric Worrall
Making big climate commitments was a cheap political win when the future goal was far off. But now the first deadlines are approaching and longtime politicians in countries like Australia are in the increasingly embarrassed position of having to explain their utter lack of performance.
Australia is accused of “shamefully” withholding global action on climate change
The United Nations is calling on all countries “to have concrete plans to phase out fossil fuels as quickly as possible”.
Adam Morton and Daniel Hurst
Sat 27 Feb 2021 06.01 AEDT
Australia has been accused of “shamefully doing nothing” and complaining about global action after a UN analysis found that national commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions over the next decade have barely begun to do what is necessary to tackle the climate crisis.
The assessment of the emission reduction plans presented to the United Nations by the end of last year found that if all were met, they would only reduce global CO2 by 1% by 2030 compared to 2010.
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has recommended that a 45% cut be required during this period in order to limit global warming to 1.5 ° C above pre-industrial levels.
Patricia Espinosa, UN Climate Change Executive Secretary, urged all countries, including those who submitted their commitments last year, to reconsider the new assessment and raise their ambitions. “We need concrete plans to get fossil fuels out of circulation as soon as possible,” she said.
Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/feb/27/australia-accused-of-shamefully-holding-back-global-action-on-climate-change
There is no viable path to global net zero other than nuclear energy. The astonishing raw material costs and manufacturing effort required to become 100% renewable are well beyond the current technical capabilities of our civilization. Google was trying to find a way to get 100% renewable energy. Green Left Film producer Michael Moore states that renewable energy is not going to replace fossil fuels. The nature moderator David Attenborough has called for a green “Apollo Project” to close the currently insurmountable technological gaps.
But since nuclear power is off the table in most countries, politicians, especially longtime politicians, try to explain more and more funnily why they haven’t achieved anything, but are nonetheless sincere about their commitment.
The renewable push will end with a certain bug. The gross failure of renewable energies is becoming increasingly difficult to hide. But at least we will get some entertainment value for our money by watching our politicians publicly denounce themselves in order to shift the blame for all those broken green promises.