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Back to the game of COPs and robbers

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THE 28th annual United Nations climate change conference will start in Dubai at the end of this month. COP28 will attract more than 35,000 delegates, media, support staff and 100 heads of state. They will fly in, some by private jet, so it is ironic that they expect the public to tighten their climate belts. Twenty-seven years of COPs have produced only hot air and millions of tonnes of additional greenhouse gases.

High on the COP28 agenda is climate finance. The developing countries are clamouring for a slice of the $100billion a year climate cake to pay for what they say is the damage done to their countries by the West’s use of fossil fuels. China too wants some of this money.

In Glasgow two years ago Alok Sharma, the UK President of COP26, was in tears when China, India and other countries refused to ‘phase out’ coal, agreeing only to ‘phase down’ coal and refusing to provide a fixed date. The current construction and planning of another 1,039 coal plants around the world to add to the 2,425 already turning out cheap electricity indicates a ‘phase up’ situation.

It is certain that COP28 will not discuss the Russia/Ukraine and Israel/Hamas wars which are daily creating more greenhouse gases than the developed world can ever save. There should be an agenda item at COP28 providing estimates of the greenhouse gases these wars are creating, otherwise COP28 will be like all the previous 27, a complete waste of time and taxpayers’ money.

Expect a last-minute fudged agreement and an upbeat press release which will claim that real progress has been made, that the goal to limit the increase in global temperature to 1.5C is achievable, and that the delegates are looking forward to COP29, wherever that will be.

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Clark Cross
Clark Cross
Clark Cross is a retired chartered accountant, finance director and managing director. He lives in Scotland.

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