“TRYING TO TAKE OVER THE WORLD’S ENERGY SUPPLY”
by David Wojick, Ph.D., ©2018, CFACT
Many will be national delegates from around the world, whose goal is to “finalize the rule book” for the Paris Agreement. The US delegation is included, because America has yet to actually withdraw.
It is almost certain that this meeting will produce something and very likely it will not be much. These are, after all, professional diplomats. They can always agree on something if it is sufficiently vague.
You may need to add Katowice to your spell checker, as I did. Oh and it is pronounced “cat oh veech ah” not “cat oh weese”. Emma says it here.
If you are wondering just what 30,000 scaremongering activist diplomats can do for 12 days, fear not, as there is no lack of events and issues. After all, they are trying to take over the world’s energy supply, plus the economy if they can get it. This is busy business.
For eye glazing starters, here is a semi-official notice:
“The Katowice Climate Change Conference will include the 24th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 24) to the UNFCCC, the 14th session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP) and the third part of the first session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Paris Agreement (CMA 1-3). The conference will also include the 49th sessions of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) and the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI), and the seventh part of the first session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Paris Agreement (APA 1-7).”
So various high level groups are meeting. Within those big groups are smaller groups, and within those still more groups, including issue groups, contact groups, country-cluster groups, and groups that do not officially exist but still wield power. It is groups all the way down.
The basic issue is very simple in its way. After years of negotiations, the draft text implementing the Paris Agreement is still hundreds of pages of contradictory provisions. Every idea that any country’s delegation has put forward is in there and very few can be accepted in the final draft. Twelve days starts to look very short.
Here is how the Pole in charge, Vice-Minister of Environment, Michał Kurtyka, recently put it:
“As the Polish Presidency, we have built an atmosphere of constructive dialogue, testing possible solutions and building compromises. However, we are still facing an enormous challenge. We now have to work on hundreds of pages of difficult, technical text we are negotiating.”
Read the rest here.