Climate change begging bowl

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MORE than 9,000 officials and activists have gathered for a two-week UN climate conference in Lima, Peru, hoping to get all 190 countries to agree emission reduction targets that can be taken to Paris next year.

The delegates, so besotted by their quasi-religious beliefs, are proposing that richer nations should pay poor countries $100 billion a year from 2020 to protect them from global warming. Britain, despite having only 1.5 per cent of global emissions, foolishly passed the Climate Change Act, burdening taxpayers with £1.3 trillion for this fruitless vanity project.

Other countries refused to sign legally binding agreements. Germany is building 30 new coal-fired power stations and will import a near record 50 million tonnes of coal in 2014. India will not sign any deal to cut its greenhouse gas emissions that threatens its growth. Japan’s emissions have hit a record high. China, the world’s biggest emitter of greenhouse gases, said it will let emissions soar until 2030 and wants industrialised nations to accelerate the $100bn climate-related aid.

The climate-change begging bowl is out.

Clark Cross, Linlithgow