The yawning gap between carbon rhetoric and reality

Rarely has there been a greater example of the hypocritical divide between high-falutin’ rhetoric and meaningful achievement than in the hysterics surrounding carbon emissions.

The pearl-clutching hysterics of the anti-carbon bandwagon stomp about the globe with Godzilla-scale carbon footprints. Worse, contrary to all the back-slapping and cheer-squadding surrounding supposed carbon-reducing initiatives as the Paris Agreement, emissions are steadily rising.

Average global greenhouse gas emissions are rising at double the rate of Australia’s, exposing the mismatch between the “hope and reality” of meeting Paris Agreement goals, a report has found.

A major report by energy giant BP said the world was returning to coal, and without shale gas from the US and LNG exports from Australia the emissions reduction picture would be much worse.

Massive investments in renewable energy were needed but would not be enough to satisfy ­increasing demands for power, most notably in China and India.

Green activists are determined to close down job and wealth creating projects in Australia. Virtue-signalling left-wing governments are crippling Australia’s energy infrastructure with ‘renewable’ flights of fancy. Yet none of this makes a jot of difference to global emissions.

The increase of 600 million tonnes of greenhouse gases from energy was greater than Australia’s total output.

Officials said the report confirmed Australia’s carbon dioxide emissions were “minuscule in ­absolute terms and lower (than the world average) in percentage terms as well”.

BP said last year’s global energy demand and carbon emissions from energy use had grown at its fastest rate since 2010-11.

The BP statistical review of ­energy is a highly respected ­annual report that examines trends in energy demand and use, including from renewables.

The findings mirrored those of the recent Global Carbon Project, which reported global greenhouse gas emissions had been steadily accelerating since 2016.

The worst global carbon culprits are the two nations who have been given the biggest free pass by the Paris Agreement.

Increased demand for power in China, India and the US underpinned most of the increase in ­demand. Unusually hot and cold weather led to a spike in demand for heating and cooling, notably in North America, but BP could not say if this was a one-off due to natural variation or part of a worrying climate change trend.

It’s becoming increasingly hard to disguise the fact that, contrary to the hype, renewables just don’t cut the mustard.

BP chief economist Bob Dudley said the 2018 figures showed globally there was “a growing divide between societal demands for an accelerated transition to a low carbon energy system and the ­actual pace of progress”.

The BP report said building more renewable sources of ­energy could not keep pace with rising demand.

“Even if renewables are growing at truly exceptional rates, the pace of growth of power demand, particularly in developing Asia, limits the pace at which the power sector can decarbonise,” the BP report said.


Sooner or later, the Greens are going to have to be dragged, kicking and screaming, into saying the dreaded n-word…