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.
'A major coalition of African organizations is circulating a petition at the Bonn climate control conference, calling for the US delegation to be removed from the Paris Climate Pact talks. There is no way that this will happen but it illustrates what is being called the “Trump effect.” The US pullout is upsetting the UN process.'
The U.S. pays 22% of the UN budget and 20% of the UN climate process.
Brown accused of supporting state intervention 'at a huge scale'
Brown fires back, blasts climate ‘denialists in the room’
Steven Woolfe, a British politician on the parliament, was first to pierce the pleasantries, accusing Brown of supporting state intervention “at a huge scale” and spending and increasing taxes “like it’s going out of fashion.” Brown’s climate change policy, he argued, isolates the state from much of the U.S. Woolfe dismissed California’s cap-and-trade carbon market as a “tax-and-spend” policy. And he teased the governor as potentially being interested in joining the European Union. “I am sure you are well-meaning in wanting to protect the environment,” Woolfe said. “But do you not recognize that the policies you are implementing help the rich more than the poor, and make the poor suffer in the long-run?”