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John Kerry and Al Gore Make Desperate Bid for Relevance at United Nations Climate Conference

John Kerry and Al Gore Make Desperate Bid for Relevance at United Nations Climate Conference

Selling global warming may prove more difficult, as Germany just experienced a record-breaking level of snowfall for any December in recorded history. Meanwhile, Cop28 president says there is ‘no science’ behind demands for phase-out of fossil fuels.

Failure theaters continue to play in Dubai during the United Nations Climate Conference of Parties (CoP28).

To begin with, getting to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) was more challenging than normal for some participants…as Germany experienced a record-breaking level of snowfall for any December in recorded history.

The airport in Munich resumed limited operations Sunday morning after being closed for nearly a day because of record snowfall that disrupted transportation across the region.

About 17 inches of snow fell in parts of southern Germany on Saturday, an unusually large amount for early December, and what local news media reported was the biggest daily snowfall in Munich in December since records had been kept.

I recently blogged that the head of this conference, Sultan Al Jaber, the president of COP28 and chief of UAE oil giant ADNOC [Abu Dhabi National Oil Company], asked delegates in Dubai to “adopt a different mindset” and that fossil fuels needed to be part of the climate deal.

In a desperate bid to remain relevant, former Vice President Al Gore slammed the UAE, saying its position as overseer of international negotiations on global warming this year was an abuse of public trust.

The comments, made to Reuters in an interview on the sidelines of the conference in Dubai, reflected skepticism among some delegates that COP28 President Sultan al-Jaber, head of the UAE’s national oil company ADNOC, can be an honest broker of a climate deal.

“They are abusing the public’s trust by naming the CEO of one of the largest and least responsible oil companies in the world as head of the COP,” Gore said.

I also wrote that Climate Czar John Kerry looked dejected when an interviewer listed some of the falling green energy dominoes. So, to maintain his relevance, Kerry went on to target our nation’s coal plants.

“We will be working to accelerate unabated coal phase-out across the world, building stronger economies and more resilient communities,” Kerry said in a statement.

“The first step is to stop making the problem worse: stop building new unabated coal power plants.”

Kerry said America was joining the Powering Past Coal Alliance, a pact of nearly 60 countries that have promised to accelerate the phasing out of coal-fired power stations, except the very few that have carbon capture and storage.

I would be remiss if I did not include some good news in this post. Just before the conference started, I commented that the US was committing to a tripling of nuclear power over the next three decades.

It appears other countries are joining the move to a technology that can produce reliable, cost-effective energy on a civilization-supporting scale.

The United States and 21 other countries pledged on Saturday at the United Nations climate summit in Dubai to triple nuclear energy capacity by 2050, saying the revival of nuclear power was critical for cutting carbon emissions to near zero in the coming decades.

Proponents of nuclear energy, which supplies 18 percent of electricity in the United States, say it is a clean, safe and reliable complement to wind and solar energy. But a significant hurdle is funding.

…Britain, Canada, France, Ghana, South Korea, Sweden and the United Arab Emirates were among the 22 countries that signed the declaration to triple capacity from 2020 levels.

And an interview with host Sultan Al Jaber ends today’s post on a pitch perfect note.

The president of Cop28, Sultan Al Jaber, has claimed there is “no science” indicating that a phase-out of fossil fuels is needed to restrict global heating to 1.5C, the Guardian and the Centre for Climate Reporting can reveal.

Al Jaber also said a phase-out of fossil fuels would not allow sustainable development “unless you want to take the world back into caves”.


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2smartforlibs | December 4, 2023 at 1:18 pm

If your cause were relevant for the last 45 years you wouldn’t be begging for attention.

The Gentle Grizzly | December 4, 2023 at 2:04 pm

Munich is experiencing that new ice age Newsweak warned us about decades ago.

    In the 70’s! I was still in high school then.

      henrybowman in reply to WTPuck. | December 4, 2023 at 5:25 pm

      Also getting hammered with the message about the threat of “population explosion,” which as it turned out was a problem they demanded only white people address among themselves. Same as carbon emissions now.

Dolce Far Niente | December 4, 2023 at 2:09 pm

Since they have no data to support their theory that fossil fuels increase the carbon dioxide content of the atmosphere…
and no data to prove that carbon dioxide in fact has anything to do with the warming of the atmosphere…
and no data to support global warming in and of itself…
these climate hysterics (who have themselves not abandoned fossil fuels or reduced their “carbon footprint” one iota) are reduced to rhetoric, obfuscation and soundbites to support their assertions.

Works for Dem voters, of course, and a majority of R and indy voters.

Why the long face, John? Gigolo business slow?

Fat_Freddys_Cat | December 4, 2023 at 2:17 pm

I’ve seen some of the lefties on X declaring that the snowstorm in Germany actually “proves” their climate change hysteria.

Heh. Snow in wintertime…yeah, gee, so unusual!

    One of their new names for it is climate weirding. That is because there is now and always has been bad weather that is out of the ordinary. Humans are bad at seeing randomness we make patterns where there are none because pattern recognition is very important to survival. They tried other pollutants but engineers could always reduce them. By designating CO2 as a “pollutant” that is bad is axiomatically and basically impossible to remove and still use hydrocarbon fuels they get a handle to control everything.

      Shack51 in reply to Martin. | December 4, 2023 at 6:40 pm

      How about “Irritable Planet Syndrome”? Climate Clown Kerry could use that in his next opening monologue.

    What Germany proves is that renewable energy sources are grossly expensive and absolutely cannot supply adequate and consistent power needs to a modern industrialized country. And that the citizen ratepayers of any country committing to this lunacy get the shaft several times over for the trouble.

Meanwhile, in Chyna…

Wait. I thought AlGore died of a stroke chasing a chubby around a massage table a few years ago.

Mr. Kerry (along with Mr. Gore) could reduce temperatures by at least 1.5 degrees C if they would just stop talking.

Note how none of the attendees of these farcical and hypocritical “climate change” confabs ever insist that they conduct their meetings from their home countries, via Internet video conferencing. These narcissistic apparatchiks need to preen for the cameras and be seen strutting about.

It was the same story when Google hosted a ritzy “climate change” in Italy, in 2019, and, spend around $20 million jetting narcissist-incompetent, Obama, Leonardo di Caprio and other famous Leftists to the event, carbon emissions be damned.

    guyjones in reply to guyjones. | December 4, 2023 at 4:20 pm

    “It was the same story when Google hosted a ritzy “climate change” [event] in Italy, in 2019, and, spen[t] around $20 million jetting narcissist-incompetent, Obama, Leonardo di Caprio and other famous Leftists to the event, carbon emissions be damned.”

    henrybowman in reply to guyjones. | December 4, 2023 at 5:32 pm

    The duck under glass is not going to cook itself, and Tipper gets the vapors from all the violence implicit in cooking.

It’s difficult indeed to think of two more despicable, useless, morally bankrupt people than John Kerry and Al Gore. I’m sick to my stomach at the debacle that is the Biden Administration but imagine how much worse off we’d be if those two losers had won their campaigns.

John Kerry is a disgusting Leftist who actually cares nothing for the environment, and cares only about Big Government control of the people.

He is absolutely vile.

If you really want to see their heads explode then simply remove all opportunities for offsets or otherwise purchasing an indulgence. No more preaching about modern lifestyle is bad then personally living an opulent lifestyle that produces carbon and uses fossil fuels ate extraordinary multiples of the average in the West. Make them demonstrate their commitment by how they live.

It should be noted that Al Gore and John Kerry do not represent the USA for any climate change agenda items. They are free agents on this frivolous endeavor.

    henrybowman in reply to Tsquared79. | December 4, 2023 at 11:29 pm

    Maybe, and maybe not. During the Trump administration, Kerry was Secretary of State of Obama’s shadow government, making deals with Iran with absolutely no official authority at all.

    guyjones in reply to Tsquared79. | December 5, 2023 at 2:40 pm

    Doesn’t Kerry have the ridiculous title of “Climate Czar” for the Biden Administration? My understanding is that he’s representing the corrupt Biden Administration, in all of his “climate change” endeavors and agitprop.

Al Gore, Hillary Clinton, John Kerry and Kamala Harris all took private jets to this conference. (who knows what other rich American flew over there, to party??)

IF the climate is so bad, why didn’t they plane-pool….You know, like they tell us to do to save the environment?? Just goes to show it is all grift, and they make tons of money lying to us.

John knows what he is talking about when it comes to inconvenient gas emissions.