How far is Rieder is willing to go with his addled attack on having children? This far:
"If I release a murderer from prison, knowing full well that he intends to kill innocent people, then I bear some responsibility for those deaths — even though the killer is also fully responsible. My having released him doesn’t make him less responsible (he did it!). But his doing it doesn’t eliminate my responsibility either. Something similar is true, I think, when it comes to having children."
Lomborg: Despite having excellent PR, green energy remains expensive and inefficient compared to fossil fuels. The International Energy Agency finds that this year, more than $115 billion will be spent on subsidies just for uncompetitive solar and wind, meeting less than 1% of global energy needs...The Paris agreement was always oversold. Despite rhetoric about keeping temperature rises to 2 or even 1.5 degrees Celsius, the United Nations body that oversees the Treaty estimates that if every country were to achieve every promise by 2030, the total greenhouse gas cut would be equivalent to just 60 billion tons of carbon dioxide. Keeping the global temperature rise below 2 degrees C requires a reduction in emissions during this century of almost 6,000 billion tons. Even with complete success, Paris makes only 1% progress toward the least ambitious target.
"If the planet is on a carbon diet, then the Paris Agreement is just a flippant promise to eat one salad. Its advocates want us to belief that, 15 years after this salad, we will then undertake incredibly strict exercise and diet regimen."
Climatewire: The chilly reception may actually help Banks walk his tightrope between offering partnership in Bonn and avoiding the wrath of climate skeptics in the Trump administration. Marc Morano, who argues against mainstream climate science on ClimateDepot.com, said Banks' forum was a public relations victory for Team Trump.
"If the greenest members of the Trump administration get shouted down and shut down by climate activists for discussing nuclear and coal, the public will perceive the activists as way-out idealists devoid of reality," he predicted.
The US climate negotiator holding the top UN position there is an Obama hack named Andrew Rakestraw. Rakestraw is an official co-facilitator in the Bonn COP talks, the only US delegate to hold such a high position
Warmist v. Warmist: "I wish we could have no pollution, but we have to have our automobiles," Brown said in responding to the protesters disrupting his speech...Brown jokingly called for protesters to be "put in the ground" as they disrupted his speech at a climate change event in Germany. "I agree with you, in the ground. Let's put you in the ground so we can get on with the show here," Brown, a Democrat, responded to protesters Saturday yelling as they chanted about fighting pollution and keeping oil in the ground.
NYT: After declaring that “climate change is an issue determining our destiny as mankind,” Ms. Merkel acknowledged that Germany was likely to miss the goals it had set itself for cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 2020 because of its continued reliance on coal power. While vowing to grapple with the issue, she said that phasing out coal use would require “tough discussions” with German policymakers in the weeks ahead.