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Power Shift:  EU Parliament Votes Down The 30% Emissions Proposal


By Benny Peiser —— Bio and Archives July 5, 2011

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The European Parliament has today voted against raising the EU’s emission reduction targets from its current goal of reducing emissions 20 per cent against 1990 levels by 2020 to a 30 per cent cut by the same date. The vote represents a major blow to efforts to encourage the EU to deliver more ambitious targets.—BusinessGreen, 5 July 2011

The Guardian has tried to talk up a “rift” between Tory MEPs and the Party in Westminster. In fact, we’ve agreed to differ (and many Conservative back-benchers in Westminster would support our opposition to 30%). I am delighted to record that the whole Eickout report was voted down today (July 5th) by a substantial margin. It’s difficult to predict what will come next, but I can’t see the Commission coming forward with legislation based on the 30% target after the parliament has decisively rejected it. A job well done.—Roger Helmer (MEP), Brussels, 5 July 2011

It is good news that the authors of the PNAS paper recognise that there has been no global temperature increase since 1998. But tweaking computer models like this proves nothing. The real test is in the real world data. The temperature hasn’t increased for over a decade. For there to be any faith in the underlying scientific assumptions the world has to start warming soon, at an enhanced rate to compensate for it being held back for a decade. –-David Whitehouse, The Global Warming Policy Foundation, 4 July 2011

Climate scientist Judith Curry, chair of the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at Georgia Institute of Technology, doesn’t find the economists’ statistical theatrics convincing. She wonder why the short-lived regional increases in particulates should have a global effect on temperatures. She also notes that there has been no increase in aerosols, either globally or over East Asia, from 2000 to 2006; Chinese emissions only rose in the period 2004 to 2007. –-Andrew Orlowski, The Register, 5 July 2011

The fact is that we can’t account for the lack of warming at the moment and it is a travesty that we can’t. – Climategate e-mail from Kevin Trenberth to Michael Mann 12 October 2009

Michael E Mann, at Pennsylvania State University and not part of the research team, said the study was “a very solid, careful statistical analysis” which reinforces research showing “there is a clear impact of human activity on ongoing warming of our climate”. It demonstrated, Mann said, that “the claim that ‘global warming has stopped’ is simply false.” –The Guardian, 4 July 2011

The political consequence of this article seems to be that the simplest solution to global warming is for the Chinese to burn more coal, which they intend to do anyways. –-Judith Curry, Climate Etc., 4 July 2011


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