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“Colossal Stakes as Leaders Meet to Talk Climate,” ran the headline.

“The Last Best Hope,” ran the subhead, which turned out to be a quote from President Joe Biden’s climate czar John Kerry.

But these alarmist headings were not atop an editorial. They topped the lead news story in Sunday’s New York Times, the opening line of which set the tone for Glasgow: “The future is on the line.”

Somini Sengupta, climate reporter, then laid out the “colossal stakes” of the summit.

“As presidents and prime ministers arrive in Glasgow this week for a pivotal climate summit, the outcome will determine, to a large extent, how the world’s seven billion people will survive on a hotter planet and whether far worse levels of warming can be averted …

“Already, the failure to slow rising temperatures — brought on by the burning of oil, gas and coal — has led to deadly floods, fires, heat, and drought around the world.”

The hype is on. And the establishment media are playing their assigned role — portraying a failure at Glasgow as a guarantee of the looming apocalypse.

The first leader the Times quoted was from Barbados. “That we are now so perilously close to the edge for a number of countries,” said Prime Minister Mia Mottley, “is perhaps the tragedy of our times.”

The theology of the climate crisis runs like this.

The planet has warmed by 1.1 degree Celsius since the Industrial Revolution. If warming rises to more than 1.5 degrees Celsius above 1900 levels, more and more terrible weather disasters will occur: wildfires, hurricanes of growing severity, droughts, coastal and river flooding, and islands sinking into the sea.

The only way to stave off “climate catastrophe” is for all nations to cut carbon emissions radically now and for the world to reach net zero emissions by midcentury.

A fast phaseout of the major emitters of carbon dioxide — the burning of coal, oil and gas to heat homes, run cars and generate power — and replacement of these fossil fuels with clean energy — solar, wind, nuclear — is a moral and political imperative.

But if such a radical transformation of national economies is the only way to avert the impending crisis, we should brace ourselves and prepare for that crisis. For there is no way the demanded changes in energy consumption are going to be made by 2030.


The world’s largest emitter of carbon dioxide is China, which burns half of the world’s coal and is building new coal-fired plants even as the 30,000 summiteers gather in Glasgow.

China was given a license in the Paris climate accord of 2015 to burn all the coal it wishes until 2030, after which it has agreed to begin reducing carbon emissions. But the idea that China can or will convert in a few decades to wind, solar and nuclear power to run the world’s largest manufacturing plant seems preposterous.

The U.S., the world’s second largest emitter of carbon dioxide, gets 81% of its energy from oil, coal and natural gas. We depend on those fuels to heat our homes, run our vehicles and power our industry.

In his Build Back Better bill, Biden inserted a provision that would have imposed annually rising taxes on carbon producers and used the revenue to reward companies that reduced their reliance on fossil fuels.

The proposal had to be pulled out, lest it drag Biden’s entire bill down to defeat. Lest we forget, Sen. Joe Manchin is from West Virginia.


India, the world’s third largest emitter of greenhouse gases, is also, like China, dependent on coal. But, though its population is as large as China’s, India is behind China industrially, and the standard of living of its 1.4 billion people is below that of China.

To demand that India begin to end its burning of coal and rely more on solar and wind is to demand that New Delhi accept a future where India’s standard of living remains lower than that of China.

As for Russia, the fourth largest emitter of carbon dioxide, it is rich in fossil fuels and the leading supplier of natural gas to Europe. But Moscow manipulates the supplies of its natural gas to its customers for reasons of both revenue and politics.

Neither Chinese President Xi Jinping nor Russian President Vladimir Putin will even be present in Glasgow.

Saudi Arabia, the Gulf states and other OPEC nations depend for their national income on oil exports. If fossil fuels become forbidden fuels, what is to become of these nations?

Will they accept a future where their primary natural resource is gradually outlawed by the rest of the world? Will they be content to rely on the industrialized world to provide them with windmills and solar panels to power their economies?

The world’s losers from this Glasgow summit are likely to be the billions of people who will never know the benefits of fossil fuels that produced the Industrial Revolution and created the affluent societies of the 20th century.

Patrick J. Buchanan is the author of “Nixon’s White House Wars: The Battles That Made and Broke a President and Divided America Forever.”

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  1. Franz says:

    Neither Chinese President Xi Jinping nor Russian President Vladimir Putin will even be present in Glasgow.

    Smart lads. When you’ve seen it and smelled it, you can skip the taste test.

    All the “concerned” leaders at the conference are flying mega-fuel-burning jets and surrounded by staffs of hundreds of security people and cooks and valets, you know their people are the ones that should be worried.

    Glasgow pubs made a fortune on “concern” — good for them.

    • Replies: @Prester John
  2. Kali says:

    The theology of the climate crisis runs like this.

    The planet has warmed by 1.1 degree Celsius since the Industrial Revolution. If warming rises to more than 1.5 degrees Celsius above 1900 levels, more and more terrible weather disasters will occur: wildfires, hurricanes of growing severity, droughts, coastal and river flooding, and islands sinking into the sea.

    Here in Portugal widefires are increasingly common and all too often devastating. And though the talking-heads, pundits, politicians and politically “correct” tell us this is because of global warming, a closer look reveals the real culprit: the globalised economy.

    A few decades ago Portugal was persuaded to become a leading suplier of wood-pulp to the paper industry, and commenced licencing huge eucalyptus plantations . Now this non-native, fire-loving tree grows wild all over Portugal, out-competing native species and draining precious water suplies. And yet the government continues to licence new plantations.

    In the meantime natural aquifers are drained by water-bottling plants, the water is then sold back to the people in cheep plastic containers which now littler the country. Additionally, water is diverted away from its natural courses through the countryside to suply urban populations. (Incidentally, that water suply is contaminated with chlorine and other chemicals at source, as it flows to fill the “xxxDanger: No Swimming. No fishing!xxx” man-made reseviors.
    As a result, large swathes of countryside, once inhabited and farmed, is now abandonded and over-grown with eucalyptus, marine-pine and broom, etc. Tinder-dry.

    Then there’s the fact that almost all of the “wild” fires are deliberately lit by, or an behalf of, those who stand to make a packet from them; from paper manufacturers, to plastic tube (the delivery method of choice for poor, rural farmers) supliers, to the fire-fighting contractors themselves, to name just three.

    Really, the only thing that’s heating up on this planet is our need to be rid of this global menace, the neoliberal “economy stupid”.

    I’m pleased that Xi and Putin wont be attending COP26. These two leaders and nations give me hope for the future.

    Kind regards,

    • Thanks: Antiwar7, nokangaroos
    • Replies: @Dumbo
    , @Mulga Mumblebrain
  3. Decoy says:

    The hysterical comments coming from world leaders gathered in Glasgow is worrisome. I expect Greta to be unhinged…but the Archbishop of Canterbury? On a comical side is a picture of two political flunkies from Zimbabwe pushing two Glasgow Costco grocery store carts loaded with every type of booze available. The smiles on their faces……Priceless. I hope someone knows how to post it on this thread.

    • Replies: @Obstinate Cymric
  4. Already, the failure to slow rising temperatures — brought on by the burning of oil, gas and coal — has led to deadly floods, fires, heat, and drought around the world.”

    So true! None of these things even existed before the Model T.

    • LOL: Realist
  5. TG says:

    It might well be true that dumping massive amounts of CO2 into the atmosphere is a bad thing – I don’t know enough about climatology to be sure, and neither do you.

    But I do know that, as currently posed, “climate change” is a fraud. It’s cover for anti-worker anti-labor policies aimed at driving the living standards of workers into the ground. But it has nothing to do with actually cutting CO2 emissions.

    Funny, isn’t it, how when the issue is cutting the living standards of the working class, or imposing massive regressive taxes on them, “climate change” is an existential threat? But when the issue is forcing population growth higher, increasing total consumption even as per-capita consumption falls, why, suddenly growth is good and anyone talking about climate change is racist.

    “Climate change” is also a great way to distract people from what’s really going on. In 1950, the population of California was about 10 million. Largely because of elite policy, it’s now been increased to about 40 million. The overall trend of precipitation has been flat for about a century. So think about this: precipitation is constant, the population is quadrupled, per-capita water supply is cut to a quarter: MY GOD IT’S CLIMATE CHANGE! Anyone saying it’s because the population was quadrupled, why no, we can’t say that, that would be racist. More to the point, it would embarrass the rich who caused this to happen in the first place…

    • Thanks: Kali, Automatic Slim
    • Replies: @Mulga Mumblebrain
  6. This Summit is pointless; the worlds biggest emitter of carbon emissions China is absent so is Russia the third largest emitter; besides the fact that senile old Joe wont be around much longer and the GOP will take back control of Congress in a little over a year; we will not get to zero emissions in less than 30 years as dependent as we are on fossil fuels; as for ”Climate Change” yes its happening but its also natural; any climate scientist will tell you any regions climate naturally changes over time sometimes very suddenly; let the fools in Glasgow have their little Summit; nothing will change.

  7. @Decoy

    (the Archbishop of Canterbury, and his predecessor, are both extremely “right-on” or “woke” caricatures of liberals)

    • Thanks: Decoy
  8. Dumbo says:

    It’s a stupid pointless meeting. In any case if they are so against CO2 emissions why do it in the first place, making thousands of politicians and other idiots to travel by plane?

    Also, weird, they do not need a “vaccine passport”. I guess that’s just for the hoi polloi:

    I am still deciding which hoax is worse, “climate change” or “Covid”. But I think “Covid” was just a test for the real Hell these psycho bastards plan to unleash on us in the name of “global warming”.

    • Agree: Kali
  9. Nobody except the dullest people attending this “conference” actually believe anything that’s being said. It’s just an excuse to show off, schmooze, and socialize for the ultra-rich and the wannabee rich. One set of rules for the deplorables and another set of rules for the “elite”.

  10. Dumbo says:

    Thanks for the info.

    Yes, the most enraging thing about these psycho-elites, is that they fuck up the environment, fuck up our health, fuck up the economy, but they never pay the price, in fact, they make us pay the price and even have the gall to tell us that “it is for our own good”.

    I mean, they fuck up our health in millions ways, from glyphosate to fast food, but then they create a mandatory mRNA and use us as lab rats, but say it is because “they are worried about our health”. But they are of course exempt from it.

    “Climate change” will be like “Covid” on steroids. They will continue to travel in their private jets and yachts, but punish us for any supposed infraction. Their plan is to have everybody eating cans of bugs, locked inside in the “metaverse”, and taking a vaccine every six months, forever.

    Will anyone say “enough”?

    • Agree: Kali
    • Replies: @Mulga Mumblebrain
  11. Dumbo says:

    What does “failure” in that case even mean?

    People are just stupid. I mean they take seriously Greta Cuntberg, an acting teen in a family of actors and entertainers linked to big media tycoons. She’s now predictably angry that the “leaders are not doing enough”.

    I guess they want us to eat bugs and/or die. You’ll have nothing and you’ll die happy.

  12. SafeNow says:

    Holman Jenkins of the WSJ has written, several times now, that all of the climate-policy experts know, but will not publicly say, that geoengineering will have to come to the rescue. Did anyone at Glasgow utter the word “geoengineering”?

    • Replies: @Anon
  13. The fate of the planet was set decades ago. Now it is just a matter of degree. CO2 has residency in the atmosphere of many decades, so the climate destabilisation we have seen so far is nothing to that to come.
    The gibberish about 1.5 degrees Celsius rise in global average temperatures is utter garbage-malicious, stupid, dishonest garbage. Three or more degrees are already baked in, unavoidable barring some miracle. That will set in train positive feedbacks like the loss of montane glaciers and Arctic summer sea ice and its vital albedo, flipping from reflective ice to heat-absorbing sea, and the melting of permafrost and submarine methane clathrates, both immense positive feedbacks. Then the increase will be several degrees Celsius, extremes will be apocalyptic, storms, deluges, tornadoes, droughts and megafires unknown in ferocity and extremity in human history, sea level will rise rapidly, pests and diseases spread, the tropical forests die, deserts spread, agriculture collapse, and the denialist vermin will STILL be screeching, ‘It’s all a hoax! Al Gore! Al Gore! Al Gore!’, as we go merrily to Hell. By 2050, 2030 if we’re unlucky.

    • Replies: @schnellandine
  14. @Dumbo

    The ruling Western elites are the most Evil collection of psychopaths ever see. That they are exploiting the climate catastrophe is Business As Usual. To survive we must remove them, from power, before they remove us, the 90%, from existence.

  15. @Max Maxwell

    China’s emissions are thirty-eighth or so on Earth in per capita terms. China also emits CO2 produced in making goods for Western consumption, and those emissions ought be accounted to those consumers.Westerners also emitted most CO2 before about 1990.
    China is the world’s largest by some distance, producer of hydro, solar and wind power. Its industry also produced the dramatic reduction in cost of wind and solar. China has the world’s largest fleet of electric vehicles, the world’s greatest, by very far, high-speed rail network, and vast and burgeoning metro systems in all major cities. China is also the world’s largest reforester, ahead of India, the West nowhere. And your gibberish about climate changing ‘naturally’ is all too familiar imbecility.

    • Agree: GomezAdddams
  16. Sparkon says:

    And your gibberish about climate changing ‘naturally’ is all too familiar imbecility.

    Then it’s time for you, Mumblebrain, to explain what happened to those mile-thick sheets of ice that rode atop much of the U.S. Midwest just 20,000 years ago in the most recent in a cycle of glaciations with intervening warm periods repeated sevaral times over the last 2.5 million years.

    In between the Wisconsinan and earlier Illinoian glacial stages was a period of warmth known as the Sangamonian interglacial, about 125,000 – 75,000 years ago, but no coal-fired power plants nor SUVs around to account for all that ice melting. It was during this period that the 14-hand horse, saber-tooth cats, mammoths and mastadons flourished in N. America, but all of these well-adapted creatures vanished when the 2.5 million year Pleistocene epoch came to an end about 10-12,000 years ago.

    But in your view, geology and paleontology are “all too familiar imbecility,” eh Mumblebrain?

    • Thanks: Kali
  17. BorisMay says:

    Oh come on Mr Buchanan, it’s just another money making scam by the rich to further impoverish the poor.

    These scum, Bezos, Prince Charles, Biden ten al have just managed to transfer vast wealth from the poor to the privileged with the Covid 19 scam.

    Now these dross are working another scam.

    I can’t imagine your book on Churchill and Hitler can be worth reading if you are unable to perceive that the entire global warming-climate change palaver is just another scam.

    Please be more aware and read the ‘real alternative media’ rather than the lying main stream media.

  18. @Mulga Mumblebrain

    Sorry: Hollywood movie pitches are one website over, behind the Global Cooling guys.

    • Replies: @Mulga Mumblebrain
  19. Anon[398] • Disclaimer says:

    Can you elaborate on what such geoengineering would be about, and why the experts pretend it’s not going to be done?

  20. @Max Maxwell

    China laid out its plan –in White Papers –read them—carbon peaks 2030 and carbon neutral in 2060 and it is year by year targets—objective realities.

  21. @Kali

    The problem with that thesis, Kali, is that megafires are a worldwide phenomenon, not just in places where eucalypts have been imposed on people. I believe that Portuguese pull up eucalypts in plantations-a very good idea.
    We live surrounded by them, and they are designed by Mother Nature to burn, and we have been close threatened by fire twice in the last six years. Every summer is fraught with peril. However, as the fire fighting authorities have been telling us for years, the climate and weather conditions have changed, making fires more ferocious, unpredictable and difficult to combat. Hazard reduction burning is ever harder, conditions being often too risky even in dead of winter. And there are only so many fire-bugs to go around-I doubt that there are many in the depths of the Siberian taiga, which is burning with increasing ferocity.

  22. @TG

    Poor, if any, logic. Anthropogenic climate destabilisation is real, and you could understand it if you’d done high-school science.
    That the global parasites are taking advantage of the REALITY of climate destabilisation to make money and shape society to their always nefarious ends does not and cannot refute the science and the evidence from reality. It is a non sequitur, and no doubt someone in the fossil fuel and Rightwing financed denialist industry got a bonus for thinking of falsely appealing to working class solidarity to push denialism. If anthropogenic climate destabilsation proceeds for a few decades more, working prople won’t lose money-they will lose EVERYTHING. Their lives, their children and grand-children’s lives and most of Life on Earth.

  23. @Sparkon

    But Sparky, you are just trolling for the Dunning-Krugerite of the week award. How sad it must be to be sooooo very stupid, but think yourself clever.
    The problem with your drivel is that we are not in any ordinary interglacial period like the others you mention, and the total of five or seven or whatever that have occurred in this Ice Age. The ebb and flow of glaciations and interglacials is normally controlled by the Milankovitch Cycles, which are now being overwhelmed by anthropogenic factors. We are NOW living on a planet with eight billion humans (did you forget that?)who have utterly altered all the biospheres on the planet, which is where ‘anthropogenic’ (look it up) comes into it.
    These people have erased the forests, dammed the rivers, turned the savannahs over to agriculture and animal raising, obliterated natural life in a mass extinction event, and pumped so much greenhouse gases into the atmosphere that levels there have risen higher and faster than for at least 55 million years, way back to the PETM, long before our current Ice Age. So comparisons with the present and other interglacial or glacial periods in the recent geological past, are DUMB. Sorry to break it to you-you’ve been had, and, shortly, you are going to suffer for it. It’s a shame-stupidity ought not be a death sentence-for us all.l

    • Replies: @Sparkon
  24. @schnellandine

    Schnell, I don’t know how old you are, but I fear that you are in for a very nassty shock.

  25. @Franz

    Which is why this “Glasgow Summit” can’t be taken seriously. Evidently this crowd never thought through the consequences of what happens when the places like the Middle East lose their sole source of income. Duh!

  26. @Sparkon

    The fact of inter-glacial periods appears to have escaped the Glasgow crowd. By the way, there are said to be huge coal deposits in Antarctica. Just like there are huge oil deposits on the North Slope of Alaska above the Arctic Circle. Like its cousin, oil, coal is formed from dead plant matter. Which means that once upon a time there was extensive vegetation in places which are now freezing cold. And this prior to homo sap’s appearance on this planet.

    I suspect that the Global Warming Crowd either isn’t aware or doesn’t wish to be made aware of the fact that the earth’s atmosphere is more complex–a LOT more complex in fact–then they think,

    • Replies: @Mulga Mumblebrain
  27. @Prester John

    Christ-another low. The entire climate science establishment, tens of thousands of scientists, and a body or work nearly 200 years old, plus ALL the Academies of Science and scientific societies on Earth, who all concur with the theory, don’t know about interglacials???!!! Are you really this fucking stupid, or are you winning a wager with a fellow Dunning-Krugerite?

  28. Sparkon says:
    @Mulga Mumblebrain

    How sad it must be to be sooooo very stupid, but think yourself clever.

    The pot calls the teacup black.

    The problem with your drivel is that we are not in any ordinary interglacial period like the others you mention

    Typical for your lot, you fail to explain how those mile-thick ice sheets melted in the past, which was my challenge to you, and instead you engage in special pleading.

    All the rest of your trash talk is not worthy of a response, but just for the record, I did study Astronomy, Geology and Logic as a undergrad, and I do know what I’m talking about.

    You, by contrast, are fully in the grips of alarmism and hysteria. Greta would be proud of you, Mumblebrain.

    Human contribution to the current ~410 ppm concentration of atmospheric CO₂ is just 3%, so anthropogenic CO₂ accounts for just 12 parts per million of that trace gas in Earth’s atmosphere, or all of 0.0012%.

    Yes, out of every 2, 439 molecules in Earth’s atmosphere, just one is carbon dioxide, but 97% of that carbon dioxide has a perfectly natural origin, and the human contribution is just one molecule of CO₂ for every 83,333 molecules in our atmosphere.

    But that tiny, insignificant amount is being used by climate alarmists like yourself as justification to turn our backs on abundant, reliable fossil fuels, and instead use costly, intermittent and entirely unreliable wind and solar power, and destroy Western economies in the process.

    Who’s stupid now?

    • Replies: @Mulga Mumblebrain
  29. @Sparkon

    I mentioned the Milankovitch Cycles, whose changes end the glaciation and set in train the melting of the ice-sheets. Are you too stupid to understand that, or merely feigning cretinism? Then you lie about your credentials, a typical Dunning-Krugerite move. No college would graduate any student so dense that they do not understand the Milankovitch Cycles. Or perhaps you began dementing upon graduation.
    Then you deny very basic chemistry, the heat re-absorbing role of CO2, a tactic of true imbeciles appealing to other imbeciles. If human activities are so insignificant, how is it that atmospheric CO2 levels have risen from 280ppm to 420ppm in the last 200 years, and methane and nitrous oxide risen by equivalent amounts, and novel greenhouse gases like CFCs been introduced for the first time in planetary history? Feel free to start gibbering about volcanoes.And solar and wind are now the cheapest forms of energy production, and the question of storage to overcome their intermittency, is being researched widely, with great success. It really is quite something that a species that calls itself Homo sapiens, sapiens, is being destroyed by its very worst specimens.

    • Replies: @Sparkon
  30. Sparkon says:
    @Mulga Mumblebrain

    Milankovitch Cycles are a busted flush, Mumblebrain. You’re playing a poor hand, but we already knew that.

    MC run far too slowly to account for the rather sudden climatic changes that have occurred on Earth periodically over the last few thousand years. Equally destructive to Milankovitch’s theory, MC cannot account for the nearly simultaneous occurrence in both northern and southern hemispheres of the most recent ice age, nor can it account for occurrence of the LIA in both of those hemispheres.

    Milankovitch predicts that ice ages would occur at opposite times in the Northern and Southern Hemispheres. When one hemisphere was having cold summers, and heading towards an ice age, the other would be having warm summers, heading away from an ice age.

    But Hall and Lowell’s new research from the Falkland Islands corroborates recent research in New Zealand by suggesting that the two hemispheres experienced the last major ice age, which peaked about 20,000 years ago, at nearly the same time.\

    These new data support the concept of a global LIA…

    Milankovitch’s theory is busted smashed by both the geological and the historical records.

    At the beginning of the Little Ice age, changes in Earth’s climate forced Vikings to abandon entirely their previously viable colonies on Greenland, where they’d farmed successfully for several hundred years during the preceding Medieval Warm Period, from about 984 into the 1400s, when reports ceased, and the two colonies vanished.

    The three so-called Milankovitch Cycles take 26,000 years (axial wobble), 41,000 years (axial tilt) and 100,000 years (orbital eccentricity), respectively, to complete, so there is no correlation between those long, slow cycles, on the one hand, and the rather abrupt changes of climate that have occurred on Earth over time, on the other.

    Relatively rapid climate changes over the short term and simultaneous ice ages in both hemispheres over the longer term rule out Milankovitch Cycles as the responsible agent for climate change on Earth.

    You wrote:

    And solar and wind are now the cheapest forms of energy production, and the question of storage to overcome their intermittency, is being researched widely, with great success. It really is quite something that a species that calls itself Homo sapiens, sapiens, is being destroyed by its very worst specimens.

    Producing modern lithium-ion batteries is dirty work with abundant toxic waste, and far from being a great success, the batteries themselves are a dangerous fire hazard. You really are an ignorant fanatic, Mumblebrain, but maybe you’ll get a lump of coal for Christmas.

    • Replies: @Mulga Mumblebrain
  31. @Sparkon

    That is the first I’ve heard that the denialist fanatics now denounce the Milankovitch Cycles. Of course the MC are not the ONLY force affecting global climate. You have solar activity, on the solar cycle familiar to one and all and worshiped by denialists. Then you have Minima in solar activity, like the similarly worshiped Dalton and Maunder Minima, and the consequences of large volcanic explosions like Tambora in 1815 and the mysterious mid sixth century mega-blast, possibly Krakatoa or Ilopango.
    These are all well-known influences on the global climate, as is greenhouse gas levels in the atmosphere. Denialist death cultists like yourself choose to ignore greenhouse gases and their current great forcing of the climate system, for psychopathological reasons due to hatred of Life, hatred of the ‘Left’, hatred of ‘Greenies’ etc, or simply through crude pecuniary interest in fossil fuel gelt. As for batteries, they are advancing rapidly and the risks of lithium iRon (you forgot the R Big Brain)will soon be as distant a memory as an exploding petrol tanker, or house fires caused by candles. Odd that a self-confessed genius like you thinks that lithium iron is the only type of battery and no research is being done to replace them. It doesn’t suit your death cult fanaticism does it.

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