Holman W. Jenkins, Jr.: "Then Barack Obama was elected. Al Gore debouched himself of a new edict. An alleged climate crisis no longer required any unpopular energy taxes at all. By some process not explained, the emergency had become a political free lunch, requiring congresspersons only to do what they like doing anyway, dishing out subsidies to favored constituents." ...
"Suppose you actually cared about climate change. You would not throw episodic subsidies at things that can survive only as long as you are subsidizing them. You would try to set in motion long-term trends that have the advantage of being in accordance with existing trends."
In an updated climate plan submitted to the UN this month, Cuba says it “intends to use cooperative approaches that involve the use of mitigation results of international transfer” under Article 6 of the Paris Agreement. ... This concept has long been controversial, particularly with left-wing governments allied to Cuba like Venezuela and Bolivia. They prefer “non-market measures”.
Some green campaigners argue carbon trading is a distraction from reducing emissions and could encourage countries to set low reduction targets in order to sell more credits.
"The handling of the controversial hearing — the third on climate change featuring dissenting voices this year — by House Environmental Resources & Energy Committee Chairman Daryl Metcalfe, R-Butler, led at least one Democratic lawmaker to walk out (Rep. Mike Zabel).
Metcalfe at one point turned off the microphone of the panel’s ranking Democrat, Rep. Greg Vitali of Delaware County. He also threatened to have a University of Pennsylvania climate researcher (Prof. lrina Marinov) sitting in the audience thrown out when she cried “not true” during testimony by a noted climate skeptic (Marc Morano).
Morano comments: "This was a wild climate hearing. Invited witnesses comparing climate skeptics to Holocaust deniers, racists and there were tin foil hat protestors, legislators speaking out of turn, a warmist legislator walking out and my testimony being interrupted by my fellow testifiers at the hearing! This is the first time I have been heckled at a hearing by a fellow invited witness! Prof. Marinov, who heckled me during my testimony, was wound up and downright discourteous. Hopefully my testimony and the testimony of Kevin Dayaratna of The Heritage Foundation, Climatologist Dr. David Legates and Geologist Gregory Wrightstone, helped educate Prof. Marinov on the realities of climate change.
I want to personally thank House Environmental Resources & Energy Committee Chairman Daryl Metcalfe for the opportunity to speak. Chairman Metcalfe conducted a great hearing and would not allow the rabble rousers to take over. Kudos."
- 'Particulate aerosol pollution reductions...led to an increase in surface radiative forcing'
It has been assumed COVID lockdowns and their associated reductions in human CO2 emissions would be a “step in the right direction” with regard to climate change mitigation. But a new study finds the particulate (aerosol) pollution reductions from less industrial and transportation activity in Europe during the months of March to May (2020) actually led to an increase in surface radiative forcing ~65 times greater than from business-as-usual CO2 emissions.