A new battle line has been drawn in international politics. It’s not capitalism versus statism, nor is it Islam versus the West. The new global political divide has been created over fears of catastrophic global warming.
Groups like the United Nations and the European Union have been pushing hard to convince member states to keep their coal, natural gas and oil reserves in the ground for the sake of the climate. But after 18 years with no global warming and many countries experiencing huge economic and social gains from fossil fuel use, some governments are drawing the line.
From the Pacific rim to Europe, countries are voicing their opposition to wide-reaching plans to tackle global warming by ditching fossil fuels and forcing the use of costly, less reliable green energy.
In Europe, an Iron Curtain is forming between Western Europeans and Eastern Europeans over what to do about global warming. Six central and eastern European country have opposed to European Union’s proposed global warming plans.
EU plans mandate that greenhouse gas emissions “should be 40 percent lower; the market share of renewable energy should be 27 percent and energy efficiency should be improved by 30 percent,” reports the EU Obsever.
Of course with Russia holding the lever on oil and natural gas imports into Europe, former Soviet satellite countries — the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Poland, Bulgaria and Romania — are balking at the EU’s attempts to make them more reliant on energy from Vladimir Putin.
The six countries demand a climate agreement that “reflects different regional needs and circumstances.” The countries rejected previous attempts by the EU to impose binding climate targets on member states, and
What these six nations have in common, besides being held hostage by totalitarianism for decades, is that they all are developing and rely on on fossil fuels, like coal and natural gas, to supply affordable electricity to its citizens. Poland’s economy has been so hampered by high-priced Russian gas that the country’s prime minister has promised to veto any EU proposal that raises power prices for Polish citizens.
“Poles will not lose out when it comes to electricity prices,” said Prime Minister Ewa Kopacz.
But these six nations sit in opposition to a group of 13 western and northern EU member states, called the Green Growth Group, that are aggressively pushing to keep fossil fuels in the ground. …
Abbott Versus Obama
President Obama has sought to use the G20 as a platform for climate policies. But Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott is not having it, and is forming a coalition to oppose Obama’s efforts to force his climate agenda on the global stage.
Abbott’s conservative governing coalition won a major landslide victory last year opposing the country’s carbon tax, which was blamed for rising energy costs and joblessness. Abbott’s government also earned scorn from UN delegates for not taking seriously the last major international climate conference.
His latest task has been to derail the Obama administration’s efforts to use the G20 as a platform for advancing climate policies. To do this, Abbott is working to form an anti-Obama coalition among commonwealth countries. Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper has already voiced his support for Abbott’s cause.
Australia is currently chair of the G20 and wants to use the group to promote free trade, not policies that hamper trade by imposing regulations and keeping exportable natural resources in the ground.