While WH Admits We Still Need Oil & Gas, UK Says You Can Stop Breathing Now

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Oh, the contradictions inherent in the climate cult.

For all the moaning about fossil fuels, anguished breast beating, and gnashing of vegan teeth scrubbed with carrot toothpaste, the Greenies did get awfully close to what they wanted out of COP 28.


Close, and yet so far.

The agreement reached in this glitzy metropolis for the first time nails the role of fossil fuel emissions in driving up temperatures and outlines a future decline for coal, oil and gas.

In UN terms that is historic, and the biggest step forward on climate since the Paris agreement in 2015.

But by itself, will this deal be enough to save the “north star” of this COP – keeping temperatures under 1.5C this century?

Most likely not.

…But the language is far weaker than many countries desire

…Cue fury among progressives and much finger pointing at oil producers.

Another fly in the ointment of the Greens is the fact that developing nations are finding their own voices, and are using them to protest being kept in developmental poverty by the whims and eco-fascists of richer, fossil-fuel driven societies. Let there be no transition away, the message from Africa says, until we have transitioned ourselves into what we have the right to become with our own resources.

Your kumbayahs and solar cells won’t drive a tractor.


Even John Kerry has to fly home eventually. And then reality intrudes. In the afterglow of the Dubai conference, the White House was forced to admit, well, yeah – whatever we signed at the party, we still need oil and gas because we’re just not ramped up with all the cool stuff yet.


White House National Climate Advisor Ali Zaidi said the US will still need oil and gas to meet near-term energy demand, even as nearly 200 nations signed on to a pact at COP28 to transition away from fossil fuels.

To satisfy demand in the short term, the US needs to “accept the reality of the stock we have, whether it’s in buildings, transportation, or the power sector,” Zaidi said in an interview Thursday on Bloomberg Television. “But we’re rapidly turning that stock over to clean energy.”

Reality in the form of “out of money” is hitting the Germans at the moment, too, and their “climate priorities” are taking the hit. I guess it can’t be THAT big of an emergency if it’s the biggest slice and dice when a budget goes south, can it?


…In the “climate and transformation fund” (KTF), which is not part of the regular budget, €12 billion of spending will be cut in 2024, and a total of €45 in the years up to 2027. The remaining volume of the fund would be €160 billion for the years from 2024 to 2027, and thus still “very high”, Scholz said.

Among other things, this will be reached by reducing planned subsidies for the solar industry, as well as phasing out a bonus for consumers who buy an electric car earlier than planned, Economy Robert Habeck (Greens) said.

“That pains me,” Habeck said, “but that is the price for maintaining the central components, the pillars of the KTF, the development of the hydrogen economy, the decarbonisation of industry, but also the citizens’ [support] programmes.”

The cuts will also affect a €5.5 billion support planned to relieve consumers from grid fees for electricity, which will no longer be paid in 2024. As a result, electricity prices for consumers will increase by an average 3 cent per kilowatt-hour (kWh), grid operators said.

Regular Germans are going to be even less thrilled when these electricity subsidies disappear. They already know what a load of hooey “reliable” is, but now they’ll really find out how truly “cheap” renewables are, too.


In the UK, a report came out during the last days of COP28 that should cheer the heart of soft-spoken, gently bred Malthusians like Jane Goodall.

Scientists in Edinburgh have discovered that humans breathing is detrimental to the earth. It contributes mightily to the greenhouse gases they’re all waging war on.

Whether it’s eating less meat or cycling instead of driving, humans can do many things to help prevent climate change.

Unfortunately, breathing less isn’t one of them.

That might be a problem, as a new study claims the gases in air exhaled from human lungs is fueling global warming.

Methane and nitrous oxide in the air we exhale makes up to 0.1 per cent of the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions, scientists say.

And that’s not even accounting for the gas we release from burps and farts, or emissions that come from our skin without us noticing.

The new study was led by Dr Nicholas Cowan, an atmospheric physicist at the UK Centre for Ecology and Hydrology in Edinburgh.

‘Exhaled human breath can contain small, elevated concentrations of methane (CH4) and nitrous oxide (N2O), both of which contribute to global warming,’ Dr Cowan and colleagues say.

‘We would urge caution in the assumption that emissions from humans are negligible.’


So it would be nice if more of you stopped that.

Or at least found a way to stop other noxious releases.

Don’t you think we should start with the people at the top?

I mean, you know – FOR THE GREATER GOOD

I wouldn’t hold my breath.

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