By Craig Rucker
November 10, 2017 - CFACT joined a champagne toast to America's withdrawal from the UN's Paris Climate Accord at the EIKE scientific conference in Dusseldorf.
Conference-goers are united in their conviction that the UN imposes massive economic and political costs upon developed nations that cannot be justified by the benefits, of which there may be none, flowing from the pact.
Over in Bonn, left-wing NGOs and developing nations are back to agitating for wealthy nations to pick up the tab for "loss and damage" suffered by poor countries when extreme weather strikes. That today's weather would be the same whether people drive cars and use electricity, or not, does not enter into it. They're not having much success.
President Trump's American delegation joined with the EU and Australia in blocking an effort of "like-minded" nations led by China and India to impose new obligations before Paris kicks in in 2020.
If the COP adopts new emissions reductions and financial obligations, China and India and their cohorts would be conveniently exempt. The UN calls this "differentiated responsibilities." We call it madness, considering that it is China, India and the rest that are opening new coal plants and increasing their CO2 emissions (if that's your thing) as fast as their economies will allow.
Here in Dusseldorf, delegates from various European countries all report a common experience. The global warming mindset in Europe, though still overwhelming, is weakening. More people are learning the facts about the warming campaign and the media is loosening up and allowing more skeptical voices to be heard.
If truly all voices could be heard, especially those of climate realists, UN global warming policy would collapse in ruins. Not only does it get the science wrong, but the "solutions" it demands are expensive wastes that solve nothing.
Europeans are steadily joining the ranks of the Americans who have figured this out.
Once you've seen that the emperor has no clothes it's almost impossible to "unsee" it.