Carbon Dioxide

Every European Union Country Is Failing to Meet Their Climate Change Commitments

Meanwhile U.S. carbon dioxide emissions continue to fall

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Nearly every country in the European Union is failing to live up to its Paris Agreement on climate change commitments to reduce their carbon emissions, a new report reveals. The report makes clear how difficult it is for countries with advanced economies to substantially reduce carbon emissions, even with political systems that are strongly committed to doing so.

Twenty-three out of the 28 European Member states score poorly with respect to honoring their commitments under the Paris Agreement, according to a new report from the environmental activist group Climate Action Network Europe (CAN Europe.)

The folks at CAN Europe note that the E.U. adopted the Paris Agreement in 2015 and committed to pursue efforts to limit temperature rise to 1.5°C over the pre-industrial global average temperature by 2100. Their researchers find that E.U. Member "contributions proposed at the Paris talks are nowhere close enough to keep temperature rise below this threshold." Under the Paris Agreement, the E.U. has promised a 40 percent cut in its emissions below their 1990 levels by 2030.

In its ranking of E.U. countries, CAN Europe finds that "all E.U. countries are off target: they are failing to increase their climate action in line with the Paris Agreement goal. No single E.U. country is performing sufficiently in both ambition and progress in reducing carbon emissions." This is not to say that EU countries have not cut their carbon dioxide emissions over the past decade.

Overall, according the BP Statistical Review of World Energy 2018 report, the E.U. carbon dioxide emissions are down by 12.4 percent since 2007. Interestingly, emissions since 2014 have been going up in 14 out of the 19 larger E.U. countries listed by BP. These countries include Germany, France, Poland, Spain, and the Netherlands. For Europe as a whole carbon dioxide emissions increased by 2.5 percent in 2017.

In contrast, U.S. carbon dioxide emissions continue their downward trend, dropping by 15.2 percent since 2007. In 2017, they fell by 0.5 percent. It is worth noting that a new report by the Rhodium Group consultancy suggests that the U.S. is on track to meet earlier Obama adminstration promises under the earlier Copenhagen Accord to reduce U.S. carbon dioxide emissions by 17 percent below their 2005 levels by 2020. The Rhodium Group report further noted that between 2005 and 2016 almost 80 percent of the reductions in U.S. carbon dioxide emissions came from the electric power sector as coal-fired plants were closed down and utilities switched to burning lower carbon natural gas to generate electricity.

Of course, President Trump has started the process of withdrawing the United States from the Paris Agreement under which the Obama administration set the target of reducing by 2025 U.S. greenhouse gas emissions between 26 to 28 percent below their 2005 levels. The Rhodium folks report that the current pace of U.S. decarbonization is insufficient to meet that goal. On the other hand, the E.U. at its current of rate of decarbonization seems unlikely to meet its goal of cutting emissions relative their 1990 levels by 40 percent by 2030, much less achieve even deeper cuts implied by the goal of keeping temperatures from rising 1.5°C above the pre-industrial global average.

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  1. Fracking

  2. Not surprising, the Euros are good at sneering, but not so good at executing.

    1. So is Hiln

    2. Guillotines and Zyklon B.

      They are pretty good at executing when the really mean it.

      That’s the problem with the AGW crowd, they don’t really mean it. They just like the power grab.

      1. It’s never been about principles for the left. Just power. They would be very happy to greatly increase pollution if it gave them enough power to dominate everyone.

      2. “Guillotines and zyklon b….”

        I was expecting that to turn into a song of much meaningfulness.

  3. Can I get a passport for [Empty]? I want to become a citizen.

    1. You would not believe [Empty]’s immigration restrictions.

      1. That’s cruel. I should be able to waltz across the border onto [Empty] anytime I want and enjoy the fruits of their labors.

      2. Also consider the oppressive policies they had to implement to get the 100% rating.

  4. But how did all their wealth transfer programs to bribe the 3rd world to stay poor as shit work out? Since, y’know, that’s always the actual goal.

  5. So, is the headline correct or is it the first sentence that gets it right?

    1. Adverbs are for losers.

    2. So, is the headline correct or is it the first sentence that gets it right?

      Nearly both.

  6. Maybe we could “HIDE THE DECLINE” of European countries meeting their commitments.

  7. (Supposed) ladies and gentlemen, while this initially seems good, it is in fact bad. Europeans produce some of the finest smug on the planet, and their failure to meet their lofty goals will reduce their smug output. (Even if it’s only by a little.) As such, my plant that collects their smug, condenses it to a liquid, and produces my patented “Ol’ Yellow’s Lube” will not be able to meet demand!
    Think of the dry anal sex that will occur without my beloved product!
    Think of the fierce masturbation sessions in the changing rooms of our community pools that will only be able to last a few minutes due to the absence of my superlative lube that contains an aphrodisiac derived from European smug!
    Think of the (non-slutty) onaholes that will be deprived of their owner’s sausage because he can’t get his package into that tight hole without my highly effective lube!
    Think of the considerate rapists that will have to regretfully enter their victims dry because they don’t have my extremely affordable lube!
    Think of the children!

    1. Aye, that’s the rub.

    2. The three metropolitan regions that produce the most porn in order from greatest to least are Los Angeles, Amsterdam, and Montreal. If we don’t eliminate fossil fuel use, much of Amsterdam might end up below sea level by 2050.

      1. and Montreal

        Most porn by what metric? Hours of footage? Profits? Number of performers? Pages hosted?

        I refuse to believe that between Germany, France, The Czech Republic, Russia, Australia, and other parts of the US that there’s not another city that produces more porn than Montreal.

  8. But they actually signed an agreement. Surely that counts for more than actual accomplishments?

  9. Look over here.

    See this?

    This is my shocked face.

  10. Of course, President Trump has started the process of withdrawing the United States from the Paris Agreement under which the Obama administration set the target of reducing by 2025 U.S. greenhouse gas emissions between 26 to 28 percent below their 2005 levels. The Rhodium folks report that the current pace of U.S. decarbonization is insufficient to meet that goal. On the other hand, the E.U. at its current of rate of decarbonization seems unlikely to meet its goal of cutting emissions relative their 1990 levels by 40 percent by 2030, much less achieve even deeper cuts implied by the goal of keeping temperatures from rising 1.5?C above the pre-industrial global average.

    Like with NATO, UN, etc — why are we expected to do all of the heavy lifting for lazy other countries?

    1. Because we’re supposed to be a part of a vast one world government that’s completely unrestrained by any populace of any nation. Basically it’s supposed to be a monarchy that rules the planet while the little day-to-day affairs are run by elected seneschals.

  11. failing to live up to its Paris Agreement on climate change commitments to reduce their carbon emissions

    Isn’t that a de facto declaration of war on the entire planet?

    1. If so, France will capitulate shortly.

    2. Yes. War it is. Construction has begun on a large boring machine to drill to the center of the Erf and explode a ginormous bomb, thereby beating the Erf into submission.

      Victory!

  12. Actually, it’s pretty easy to met if you go nuclear. But Europe is afraid of science (like their anti-GMO policies)

    1. They like to keep their nuclei pure and undivided.

      1. But they like the population divided.

  13. I’ll pay attention to “climate change” as soon as the ecotards embrace nuclear power.

    1. And stop flying around the world in jets every other week.

  14. This is pretty incredible. The Czech Republic is the only European country that is more than 50% of the way to hitting its 2020 decarbonization target, according to the report. Yet it ranks 20th because of its low scores on “support to increased ambition during negotiations on revised legislation” and “promotion of more ambitious EU targets and strategies”. The report is saying that posturing is more important than results.

  15. How shocking to find that technological advancements are easier to mandate than achieve.

  16. The folks at CAN Europe note that the E.U. adopted the Paris Agreement in 2015 and committed to pursue efforts to limit temperature rise to 1.5?C

    LOL.

    Limiting temperature rise doesn’t mean limiting carbon emissions.

  17. Man, it’s the first day of summer so of course the climate in changing.

    Not even a communist government can change this, it’s natural.

  18. Good old The Donald, once again snatching ignominy from the jaws of honor.

    1. If there’s one thing The Donald loves (other than money) it’s grabbing some snatch.

      Plus, he doesn’t even know the meaning of the word “ignominy”. He probably just thinks it’s some new slang word for vagina.

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