US to defend fossil fuels at UN climate meeting

November 13, 2017
The Trump administration will host an event called "The Role of Cleaner and More Efficient Fossil Fuels and Nuclear Power i
The Trump administration will host an event called "The Role of Cleaner and More Efficient Fossil Fuels and Nuclear Power in Climate Mitigation" at UN climate talks in Germany

The White House will host an event defending fossil fuel use Monday at UN climate talks in Germany, in a move blasted by green energy campaigners and conference president Fiji.

The meeting will be addressed by President Donald Trump's special assistant on energy and environment, George David Banks, the US embassy in Berlin announced.

The Trump administration's hosting of the event—entitled "The Role of Cleaner and More Efficient Fossil Fuels and Nuclear Power in Climate Mitigation"—is perceived as an affront by many attending the annual round of .

Hosted in Bonn this year, the negotiations are tasked with designing a nuts-and-bolts rulebook for executing the Paris Agreement adopted by nearly 200 countries in 2015.

Its goal is to limit average global warming to under two degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit), or 1.5 C if possible, so as to avert calamitous storms, drought and sea-level rise.

To global outrage, Trump announced in June he would pull the United States out of the hard-fought global pact, which aims to reduce reliance on , oil and natural gas.

Central role

America is now the only country in the world that has opted to be outside the agreement.

"As the world seeks to reduce emissions while promoting economic prosperity, fossil fuels will continue to play a central role in the energy mix," the embassy statement said on Monday.

"Given the importance of energy access and security... the United States endeavours to continue working closely with others to help them access and use more cleanly and efficiently."

Francis Brooke from the office of vice president Mike Pence will also attend Monday's "side event", along with Barry Worthington, executive director of the US Energy Association which gathers corporations and government agencies.

From the private sector, the attendance list includes executives of gas giant Tellurian, the world's largest private coal company, Peabody, and nuclear company NuScale Power.

Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama of Fiji, which presides over this year's UN conference, said the role of coal in was undisputable.

"I really don't want to get into an argument with the United States of America, but we all know what coal does, and the effects of and of course the burning of coal," he told journalists on Sunday.

"There's really no need to talk anymore about coal because we all know what coal does with regard to climate change."

'A slap in the face'

Karen Orenstein of environmental group Friends of the Earth described the event as "a slap in the face to countries that are party to the Paris Agreement—literally every nation on Earth except the United States".

Trump's actions, she added, showed "callous disregard—and possibly even genuine malevolence—toward people in poor countries whose lives and livelihoods have been threatened, diminished, and in some cases destroyed by the devastating effects of climate change".

Piers Forster, a climate change professor at the University of Leeds, insisted there was no such thing as "".

"Coal is not clean—it is dangerous," he said via the Science Media Centre in London.

New data showed that China and the US together emitted about 12 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide from coal burning, a number that needs to "rapidly reduce" for any chance at reaching the 1.5 C target, he said.

"Currently, less than 0.1 percent of these carbon emissions from coal are captured and stored. Those who argue coal has a future are putting the planet under real risk."

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julianpenrod
1 / 5 (2) Nov 13, 2017
In fact, the attack on coal, oil and natural gas seems an attempt to destroy financing sources for the Republican Party and, likely, ruin the economy of the Middle East, as well. Incidentally, "alternative energy" systems, that the Democrats invested in heavily, damage the environment more than "fossil fuels". Windmill farms prevent the moving air from moderate temperatures and solar farms prevent clouds from forming and superheat dust overhead.
And climate, the collection of interacting forces, is not changing. Weather is being altered by the program of "chemtrails", doping the air with weather modification chemicals by jets, producing long, non dissipating vapor trails in the sky that stretch from horizon to horizon and can last for an hour or more. The air has changed in its behavior in many ways. Over a wide range of freezing temperatures, you won't even see your breath, because of the nature of the air now.
guyjohn123
1 / 5 (2) Nov 13, 2017


Oil – One of Our Greatest Natural Renewable Energy Source.

Oil is the second most abundant liquid on earth.

Crude Oil is an Abiogenic Petroleum Origin, not a fossil fuel.

In the 1980's distinguished British scientist, Sir Fred Hoyle FRS was one who tried and failed to expose the chicanery of proponents of the fossil fuel theory and diminishing world oil reserves. Hoyle, without the benefit of the worldwide web tried repeatedly to expose this flimflam,

"The suggestion that petroleum might have arisen from some transformation of squashed fish or biological detritus is surely the silliest notion to have been entertained by substantial numbers of persons over an extended period of time."
guyjohn123
1 / 5 (2) Nov 13, 2017
All President Trump did was walked outside and looked up and knew the truth about the Sun.

Nuclear explosion, yearly forest fires and volcanoes have no lasting influences on the global weather patterns.

So at the end of the day if you want to know what controls the weather on Earth, look up in the sky, it is called the Sun and out to the oceans. The Sun is Prime mover of the weather. There is no man made global warming.

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