COP26–The Stage Show

By Paul Homewood



Maybe it’s just me, but I get the impression that COP26 is little more than a stage managed exercise in virtue signalling, allowing world leaders and the great and the good to pat themselves on the back and pretend they are saving the planet.

Today’s discussions will mainly focus, believe it or not, on gender issues! Yesterday’s big event was a speech by yesterday’s man, Obama, calling on “young people to remain angry”.

If you think back to Paris and earlier COPs, they were acted out as some sort of drama. Arguments between countries, late night sessions, all miraculously resolved at the 11th hour with an “Agreement” to save the planet.

Maybe the scene for COP26 was set months ago, when it became clear that China, India and the rest of the developing world would not commit to any emission reductions by 2030, or for that matter 2035.

And if any doubts about this lingered, the refusal of Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin to turn up soon cleared those up.

To recap, the main purpose of COP26 was to get countries to set new emission targets, as mandated every five years under the Paris Agreement. Given that the pledges made at Paris, the NDCs, or Nationally Determined Contributions, only set targets for 2030, the logic was that this year would see pledges for 2035.

But this has not been the case. Instead some countries have made small adjustments to their 2030 targets, which in overall terms won’t make the blindest of difference:


The impression of a stage show was reinforced when Joe Biden flew back home just two days after it had started, having fallen asleep and farted in front of Camilla in the meantime. And he was not the only one to fly back home having made a fleeting appearance.

Since the glitzy first couple of days, the jamboree has been merely a series of boring speeches and discussions.

Some “agreements” were announced last week, but it is clear that these had already been made weeks beforehand. And these supposedly landmark pledges appear to be more hot air than substance.

Take deforestation, for instance, announced on the very first day. We were told that 110 countries  had made the “landmark” commitment to end and reverse deforestation by 2030. The pledge includes £14bn of public and private funds to encourage success. According to the Telegraph:

This all sounded like quite the breakthrough until experts pointed out it was hardly a “landmark” at all. A similar pledge was made in 2014 at the New York Declaration on Forests and five years on was declared a failure.

That declaration, endorsed at the 2014 UN climate summit in New York was endorsed by 150 governments, companies and other organisations. The deal pledged to halve deforestation by 2020 and end it by 2030. But an official report in 2019 said the New York declaration had been a failure and that deforestation had “actually accelerated” in the intervening years.



Then there was coal. Again the Telegraph say:

What they say:

The UK made a breakthrough announcement last Thursday that 190 countries and organisations were now committed to phasing out the use of coal. In an official release, Kwasi Kwarteng, the Business and Energy secretary, declared that “spearheaded by the UK’s Cop26 presidency… the end of coal is in sight”.

The reality:

Critics were quick to accuse the Government of overselling the deal. Although the announcement sounded impressive, the number of countries signed up totalled just 45 and did not include the US, China, India or Russia. Wales was cheekily included as an extra nation alongside the United Kingdom. The Government had also added to the pledge 120 entities who had already signed up to a separate Powering Past Coal Alliance agreed as long ago as 2017.

Even of the 190 entities that the Government was including, it emerged that only 23 were countries with new commitments and six of those had not fully committed. Ten of the countries that were signed up to the pledge don’t actually use the fossil fuel in their power stations.

The wording of the pledge also appeared to be watered down with a commitment to end coal power for developed nations by 2030 and by 2040 for developing nations. Crucially, a caveat was added “or as soon as possible thereafter”.

For example, Indonesia, a major coal user, agreed to phase out coal “into the 2040s” but only on condition of receiving financial support. Poland declared itself a developing nation to fit in with its own deadline of 2049.


And then there was the methane pledge, pushed by that corrupt pair, Joe Biden and Ursula von der Leyen. More than 100 nations pledged to reduce global methane emissions by 30 per cent by 2030.

The Global Methane Pledge comes with caveats. Major emitters like Russia, China and India have not signed up and the commitments are all voluntary, as indeed the coal and deforestation pledges are.

The United Nations points out that even with these new pledges and the other national plans in place, all greenhouse gas emissions will rise by 13.7 per cent by 2030. In fact to keep to 1.5C, emissions need to fall in the next ten years by 45 per cent, according to climate scientists.

There will, of course, be some sort of final communique agreed at the end of COP26. World leaders will doubtlessly “agree to save the planet” (again!). And the BBC will proclaim it as a triumph, and insist that we must therefore push on and impoverish ourselves in the quest for Net Zero.

And, as sure as eggs are eggs, Prince Charles will be back on his soap box in a year or two time, warning us that we only have 12 months to save the planet.


In a way, of course, this is good news. We may have already passed beyond Peak Climate Hysteria. Most of the world, outside of the West, has shown it is only interested in the money it can extort. And even in western countries, people are now beginning to wake up to the harsh reality of how much it is going to cost them.

Meanwhile, the public are getting fed up with the arrogant hypocrisy exhibited by the global elite, who shamelessly flew into Glasgow in their private jets.

And as global emissions continue to rise in the next few years, and the climate apocalypse fails to materialise, the public will simply become bored of the whole affair.

As Greta said about COP26 last week. it’s all “Blah, Blah,Blah”!


November 9, 2021 at 06:06AM

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