the DON JONES INDEX…

 

 

 

GAINS POSTED in GREEN

LOSSES POSTED in RED

 

 

 

11/12/21…    14,522.07 

  11/5/21…    14,550.86 

  6/27/13…    15,000.00

 

(THE DOW JONES INDEX:  11/12/21…36,089.86; 11/5/21…36,327.96; 6/27/13… 15,000.00)

 

 

LESSON for November 12, 2021 – PEOPLE WHO MEET in GLASWEGIAN HOUSES

 

Fresh off his long-awaited and, frankly, unanticipated Infrastructure victory, President Joe has scarpered off to the Old World, hobnobbing with Pope Francis in the Vatican, attempting to placate the rest of the world and assure them that he’s not Donald Trump in Rome – then bouncing back to Glasgow, Scotland to meet and greet and take heat from an even larger swath of the globe (minus Russia, China and Brazil) at the so-called COP-26 climate summit (a twelve day and twelve night gabbathon that winds up tonight… or maybe tomorrow, or later).

Biden never intended to stay for the whole marathon… in fact, he was back on home (if not entirely friendly) ground in the U.S. of A. and, on Wednesday, was taking a tour of the Port of Baltimore – consuming intelligence and exuding confidence that the billions to be flushed into port improvements and maintenance will address (if not solve) the supply chainsaw massacre that threatenes to leave millions of American children pondering a Christmas stocking full of despised and despicable lumps of coal.

(This might warm the cockles of Joe Manchin – Senator from the coal contry of West Virginia – but an ongoing shortage of and price gouging upon pretty much everything domestic and everything foreign will drive the President’s popularity polls down to sub-Trump levels.  Pretty frackin’ awful!

So… down (or, for most, up) came the princes and potentates – the democratically chosen or dictatorial, clean and dirty, rich or poor to Glasgow – a decidedly grimy, working-class city that has, nonetheless, gained a measure of respect for progressive housing policies, which have rewarded it with the largest economy in Scotland and the third highest GDP Per capita of any city in the UK (after London and Edinburgh).  Glasgow also has been somewhat of an incubator for hard-rocking music, prompting Time Magazine to liken Glasgow to Detroit during its 1960s Motown heyday

The official title of the summit is the United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties, and this is the 26th iteration. (The 2020 summit was cancelled by plague.)

“Since the full name is something of a mouthful, it is shortened to COP26.”  (inews) The first COP meeting was held Berlin, Germany in 1995, and was dubbed COP1.

At COPs, nations come together to assess global progress towards tackling climate change. Some years the talks are tortured and little progress is made. But every now and then a breakthrough is made, such as at COP21 in Paris in 2015, when almost every nation in the world agreed to a new climate treaty to try to stop runaway climate change.  Perhaps ominously, President Joe concluded his opening address to the delegates (See Attachment One) with the plea: “…may God save the planet.” 

COPs rotate between regions each year, and it was the turn of a European nation to host COP26. The UK was lobbied hard by activists and others to take the reins, given it has a large team of highly respected team of climate diplomats.

(Several media outlets have explained, or attempted to explain, the history and origins of COP.  That published by the Guardian UK is below, as Attachment Two.  (Warning – the Guardian is a liberal publication.  Fox News or the Washington Examiner or Breitbart might have a different take.)

 

And so the fun began.  There were pilgrims from Portugal, mendicants from Mexico… big cheeses all (in their own countries).

And then there were the outliers… looky-lous from the Princes Charles and Harry to Lou Leonard, leader of the climate change program at WWF (the animals, not the rasslers) and climate denialist emeritus Lou Dobbs, back on the air and slinging the stuff .  Other onlookers and a few dubspeecherers were expected to include:

 

- Barack Obama

Barack Obama arrived in Scotland on Sunday November 7th, ahead of attending COP26 on Monday November 8th. The former US President made a speech at 2pm on November 8th and held a roundtable discussion with young climate leaders.

- Sir David Attenborough

Sir David has been named as the COP26 People’s Advocate, meaning that the broadcaster and natural historian would address world leaders and other attendees during the summit. (See Attachment Three) He also made appearances at other climate events in the run-up to COP26, including the G7 Summit.

- Pietro Parolin, Cardinal Secretary of State of Vatican City

It was at first rumoured that Pope Francis would also make the journey to Glasgow for the conference, however it was then announced that Cardinal Parolin would attend in his stead, while the Pope himself remained in Edinburgh along with other dignitaries like the Queen.

- Greta Thunberg

Despite levelling some criticism at COP26, it seems likely that the young climate activist who sparked the Fridays For Future movement would be joining the world leaders in Glasgow.

- António Guterres

As UN Secretary General, Mr Guterres will be there to follow up on his previous warnings about the importance of tackling climate change decisively now.

- Ursula von der Leyen

The EU will be negotiating as a bloc at COP26, so Ursala von der Leyen will be in attendance in the capacity of her role as President of the European Commission.

- Xie Zhenhua

With Chinese President Xi Jinping missing from COP26, the Chinese climate envoy will be returning to bring his influence to COP26, as he has done at COPs for the last ten years.

 

“World leaders and well-known figures have been flocking to the Scottish city to meet up for international summit all week for the first few days of the conference,” trumpeted the local Scotsman paper. “All eyes will be on Glasgow when the world leaders travel to Scotland for the summit. The event is expected to bring in between 20,000 and 25,000 attendees alongside global politicians and state leaders.”

In advance of the summit, The Scotsman and inews.UK predicted that, besides President Joe, of course, a majority of world leaders would be attending, including… from the home team… Prime Minister Boris Johnson, United Kingdom, Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Harry and the Duchess of Cambridge, and Scots First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.  (Queen Elizabeth, in regards for her health, sent a message.)

Other attendees include:  Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, French President Emmanuel Macron, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi, Colombian President Ivan Duque, Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven, Swiss President Guy Parmelin, South Korean President Moon Jae-in, the President of the Democratic Republic of Congo Felix Tshisekedi, current chair of the African Union, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo and Argentinian President Alberto Fernandez

“Notable by their absence will be Chinese President Xi Jinping, who has said he will not be making the trip, and Russian leader Vladimir Putin, who is citing Covid-19 fears for his lack of attendance,” inews forecast.

Others in the small, but potent, boycott brigade besides Putin, who maybe was too busy with his scheme to invade, conquer and re-Sovietize Ukraine, included China’s Xi… being “President” (dictator) of a republic of 1,446,933,157 souls as of Monday, November 15 (still about twenty mil more than India) which has “earned” the designation as Number One polluter in the world, ahead of America, the entire EU plus UK, and then India.

(You didn’t think all those Halloween skeleton masks, Christmas toys and summer garden gnomes came carbon-free, didja?)

 

There were a few other snarling, spitting trolls… the Turks, Brazil… but the duo most notorious sloughed off their non-participation as being due to a fear of the plague – a curious and ultimately demeaning tack to sit on.

Xi and Putin, after all, have made their bones as the preferred term to dictators: Strongmen.  Even Americans who bellow vociferously about their “freedom” to infect their children, grandparents and community harbor a not-so-secret admiration for Strongmen… forty one percent (see Politico) would prefer that one of them was in charge of America, and not the pusillanimous pussy, Joe Biden.  But one of the attributes of Strongmen is that they have to be Strong Men (there are no strong women extant, although Maggie Thatcher used to come close) and not just wobbly weaklings hiding in their palace basements or closets from a little speck of plague.

“Not only Russia, but China, basically didn’t show up in terms of any commitments to deal with climate change,” President Joe told the New York Times. “There’s a reason why people should be disappointed in that. I found it disappointing myself.”

Mr. Putin said more than a week ago that he would not attend the summit, signaling that he had concerns about the coronavirus.

“The president unfortunately will not speak, because the option to participate by videoconference is not available in Glasgow,” said Dmitri S. Peskov, the Kremlin spokesman.

Mr. Peskov responded to Mr. Biden’s comments by saying that Russia was “already ahead of many countries, including those of Western Europe,” in transitioning to low-carbon sources of energy.

 

“I think it's been a big mistake, quite frankly, for China, links back to China not showing up,” Biden said in response to a question from CNN’s Phil Mattingly.  “The rest of the world is going to look to China and say, 'what value added are they providing?' And they've lost an ability to influence people around the world and all the people here at COP, the same way I would argue with regard to Russia,” Biden said. 

Speaking more broadly about relations with China, Biden said, somewhat ominously, he was not worried about armed conflict occurring. He said he has made it clear to the Chinese President in his hours of conversation with him that “this is competition, it does not have to be conflict.” 

“I’m not looking for, I don't anticipate there will be a need for, to be, there be physical conflict,” Biden said.

CBS Reporter Nancy Cordes asked President Joe Biden why he thinks the US and its lawmakers should get behind spending on climate action when other nations, such as China and Russia, won't.

CBS Reporter Nancy Cordes asked: "Some of the commitments you made here won't happen unless Congress passes future legislation. How do you convince Republicans and even some Democrats to get behind more spending if they look at this conference and say, 'China isn't meeting these global goals. Russia doesn't intend to meet these global goals. India doesn't plan to, why should we?'" 

Biden answered:

"Because we want to be able to breathe.  And we want to be able to lead the world."

The boycottniks’ excuses didn’t hold water, let alone good Scots whiskey, but a message was conveyed… you can take all your greeny fears about the future and toss them into the Caledonian Canal; if the price of maintaining military and economic dominion has to be the death of the planet, well so be it.

 

There were some other non-attendees with other reasons for passing the summit up… economic and bureaucratic, for the most part.  Among the saddest circumstances were the inability of several small island nations most at risk from rising waters to voice their concerns.

“A third of Pacific small island states and territories do not plan to send any government figures to the Cop- 26 summit in Glasgow due to Covid-19 travel restrictions,” the liberal Guardian UK penned.

The lack of high-level representation of Pacific nations at the meeting led to fears that the concerns of these countries, which are among those most at risk due to the climate crisis, will not be appropriately represented at the summit.

At a meeting of Pacific regional organisations last week, it was confirmed that 13 of the Pacific small island developing states planned to send a leader or minister to Cop-26 and seven did not, and instead intended to send representatives from their missions in New York, Brussels, or other cities, though sources present at the meeting said the number could change in the next few weeks.

Most Pacific countries have remained Covid-free or had very low case numbers throughout the pandemic, due to closing their borders to international travel.

As a result, travelling from these Pacific countries to the Glasgow summit would require leaders to complete up to a month of managed quarantine.

The challenges include strict quarantine rules upon return to Pacific countries, which have to be paid for by the delegates and mean many delegates have to take a month off work; flights that cost up to double their pre-pandemic prices; high accommodation costs in Scotland and the fear of bringing Covid-19 back to vulnerable communities.

You’d think some of the big pockets, big-talking climate billionaires, millionaires or… hell, with the barrier being a few thousand dollars US… any of millions of concerned citizens would have covered the expenses of those at most risk (or, at least, PM BoJo would have leaned on the Scots to cut a few pounds off their hotel bills). 

You’d be wrong.  (See Attachment Two A)

Lavetanalagi Seru, a Fijian leader from the Pacific Islands Climate Action Network (PICAN), told the Guardian that Cop26 had proved “near impossible to attend” for activists and campaigners. Seru estimates the costs for him to get to Glasgow will be about FJD20,000 (£7,000), in a country where the starting salary for a government employee is about FJD12,000 (£4,200) a year. He has managed to attend because NGOs including Greenpeace, Oxfam and Climate Justice Resilience Fund have provided support to his organisation.

Others, like Alisi Rabukawaqa, a Pacific Climate Warrior and Fijian Council of Elders who has attended Cop summits in the past cannot afford to attend this year.

“The bottom line really is time and money,” she said. “For me, I do this voluntarily, it is not part of my 8-5 job. There is absolutely no organisation that would allow for a staff to have that much time away.”

Rabukawaqa said that while it’s “crucial” that Pacific leaders and activists attend Cop, “I think so far I can count with one hand the number of people I know personally who will be in attendance.”

“There are thousands of delegates who don’t have accommodation because often these badges are not given out until a few weeks beforehand, and most of the accommodation was booked in Glasgow months and months ago,” Dr Kat Jones, COP26 project manager at Stop Climate Chaos Scotland, a coalition of civil society organisations told The Scotsman.  Those who could find rooms complained of rats and price gouging.

 

Fresh outta Rome, where he parleyed with the Pope and repeatedly apologized to the G-20 for the coarseness and indifference of his predecessor, President Biden tried manfully to shore up the contingent of pols, protesters and plotsterers ensconcing themselves in the castles and pubs of Auld Scotland… an entourage of haggis-chewers trailing in his wake like plastic debris following the yacht it was tossed off of.  There were, according to a schedule obtained by CNN and a rather unsympathetic expose in the Trumpish New York Post, top climate advisers Gina McCarthy and jet-setting John Kerry, Secretary of State Tony Blinken, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm, EPA Administrator Michael Regan, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, Interior Secretary Deb Haaland, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, USAID Administrator Samantha Power, NOAA Administrator Rick Spinrad, WH Office of Science and Technology Policy Director Eric Lander, and National Economic Council director Brian Deese.

And a partridge.  (The pear tree died of drought).

Some of these Yankish delegates clearly looked forward to their moment in the sun (or, at least, beneath the Glaswegian drizzle)… gawking, for example, at Leonardo DiCaprio or Stella (no Paul) McCartney or Attenborough), or… for early arrivals… partaking of the Heels of Hell Halloween extravaganza, bringing some of the best Drag Entertainment to its Halloween spooktacular!

All across Halloween Weekend, various domestic and foreign… things… dressed up as Friends of the Earth deplaned in Glasgow – even Boris Johnson (See WashPost, Attachment Four), who passed up the opportunity to enjoy a leisurely train journey in favor of a quick-as-a-weasel, gas guzzling, maskless flight.

Johnson’s spokesperson defended the move, saying that traveling by train would take too long. The rail journey takes about four to six hours, while flights between Glasgow and London last around an hour and a half.

(Among the other bunny kissing hypocrites was none other than the Post’s own owner, Jeff Bezos, who Fox News has not forgiven for his past antipathy to Their President (See Attachment Five).  Fox also took a swipe at hated Biden climate czar and failed Presidential candidate John Kerry and, while the left, center-left and center-right media were discoursing on carbon percentages and deforestation, focused on Sleepy Joe’s sleepytime rambles among the sheep and the unicorns during some of the less than inspiring speeches, as well… of course… on That Fart! See below!)

BoJo, for his part, struggled to explain his decision not to wear a mask while sitting next to 95-year-old environmentalist Attenborough as he tried to put a positive spin on this week's COP26 climate summit.

"I've been wearing masks in confined spaces with people I don't normally talk to ... it's up to people to take a judgment whether they're at a reasonable distance from someone ... that's the approach we take," he said in an exclusive interview with CNN's Christiane Amanpour.

The British Prime Minister struck a somber tone on the state of the climate emergency, saying "I think you've got to be gloom and doom until we fix this thing."

 

Deplaning on Saturday and Sunday, the fortunate housed imbibed rituals prepared for the edification of the delegates by the contingent of mostly well-behaved pro-climate demonstrators.  (Few denialists, whether for ideological or personal safety reasons or because they just didn’t appreciate the Glaswegian climate, manifested.)

One less-well behaved loose cannon, Mike Hancock, came equipped with an animatronic seagull that is encouraged those heading to the COP26 conference to worry about climate.  (CNN 11/2/21)

“We got a piece of street theatre about the SS Planet Titanic where we sing calming songs while people rearrange their deckchairs,” he said, adding that his seagull’s role is to tell people the inconvenient truth.  (DiCaprio was a no-show.)

“We are not very optimistic about what’s going on here. It would be great if there was success at the COP, but at the moment, we’re heading for the rocks, I am afraid,” he said.

The hale and hearty 20-plus thousand concluded their Halloween rituals (the Satanists, at least… most simply watched Scots TV favorites like “Shetland” or “Real Housewives of Cheshire”), went to bed, dreamed troubling dreams and awoke to November in Scotland.

The summit’s opening ceremony took place at midday Glasgow time (8:00 am ET) on Monday, the first day of November. Statements from heads of state and heads of government were heard between 1:45 pm and around 5:00 pm local time – at least from the shot-callers who’d made it clear they’d fly in, do their part, and then move on to other things.  President Joe was Monday’s headliner… followed by French President Emmanuel Macron, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and lame-duck duck (a female duck as opposed to make drakes) German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Chinese leader Xi Jinping, who did not attend the summit, addressed delegates via a written statement, also on Monday.  (See Attachment Six)

President Joe didn’t stick around very long either, flying home on Tuesday with the applause of the delegates ringing in his ear – and the squawking of Fox and Friends merely an annoyance.  Still and all, the haters persisted…

One Bjorn Lonborg, self-identified as President of the Copenhagen Consensus and Visiting Fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, touted his latest book: “False Alarm: How Climate Change Panic Costs Us Trillions, Hurts the Poor, and Fails to Fix the Planet” in the New York Post, citing a study in the journal Nature that contends that reducing emissions 95 percent by 2050 — almost the President’s promise of net-zero — would cost 11.9 percent of GDP or more than $11,000 present-day dollars for each American citizen, every year.

“These costs are far higher than what most people are willing to spend,” Lonborg alleges — in one Washington Post survey, “a majority was unwilling to spend even $24 per year.

“In Glasgow, there is talk of the rich world paying $750 billion each year or even $1.3 trillion. Most rich world voters simply won’t pay that kind of bill.”

Lonborg, in true Hoover Institute fashion, championed “investment into research and development of cheaper, low-CO energy from fusion and fission, solar, wind and batteries to second generation biofuels and many other brilliant ideas.”  But, as witness the rasslin’ over Biden’s infrastructure legislation, many “rich” Americans have their doubts about paying that sort of bill either, even if deferred for a decade, a generation or a century.  (See Attachment Seven)

And Joe’s hater-in-speech and the man to whom he purportedly “lost” the 2020 election is still alive and well and twittering on whatever crosses his mind at the moment.  On the moment of 6:32 PM, Monday, he contended that the climate delegates were contemptuous of Biden, his virtue-signaling, “Socialism/Communism direction”, the debacle in Afghanistan and recent No Joe! polls (perhaps not the economy, inasmuch as many other nations are struggling with supply chain issues and game-changing inflation.)  "We have never been thought of so poorly as we are right now, including the fact that the leaders of foreign countries, all of whom are at the top of their game, are laughing at Biden as he makes the rounds in Europe. So low and so bad for America. There has never been a time like it!"

An hour and a half later, Ol’ 45 returned to his tweeter-er machine and tapped out an allegation that climate change was the worlds “Seventh biggest Hoax!”  After a few riffs on old favourites like the two failed impeachments, Ukraine and the Mueller report, he revealed, to a breath-holding Twitterbase that "Biden went to Europe saying Global Warming is his highest priority, and then promptly fell asleep, for all the world to see, at the Conference itself," he added. "Nobody that has true enthusiasm and belief in a subject will ever fall asleep!"  (See Attachments Eight and Eight-A from Newsweek)

Against these ranged a gladhanding mob of Pro-Joes… primarily the twenty-odd Democratic politicians who’d traveled to Scotland to meet with high-level U.N. officials and global leaders to convince the world that they will deliver on President Biden’s pledge to halve emissions by 2030. The sales team included multiple Senate delegations, as well as a group of more than 20 House Democrats, led by Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) (Greenwire, Nov. 9).

“The reception there was overwhelmingly positive,” House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis Chair Kathy Castor (D-Fla.) said in an interview after returning from Scotland on Friday. “For example, members of the European Parliament who we met with, they went out of their way to say, ‘Thankfully, the U.S. is back.

 

Joe was back in America… back to a schedule that included attendance at Colin Powell’s funeral, meetings on the Build Back Better infrastructure deals and a reception for the NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks.  But over there, in Glasgow, the show moseyed on… a twelve day-plus metathon of fear and loathing and begging for rich world reparations, as well as for concrete proposals and actual government policies on deforestation, coral reef “bleaching”, fossil fuel emissions and… yes… cow farts (i.e. methane).  The summit lingers still… like the unwanted relative at the wedding who keeps rambling about the bride’s shady past and the groom’s sour future prospects, a Twelve Days of Christmas stocking of deplorables we will dig our hands into next Lesson.

 

DJI Note:  Most of those taking the high or the low roads to Glasgow had also attended Joe’s White House Conference less than six months previous… there having sent and received more of the above: promises and PR, not to mention more groveling by Biden in apologetic lamentations concerning Djonald Ungreent’s withdrawal from the Paris accords, his blind-bull-in-the-Chinese-china-shop lurchings, defecations and collidings, plague denialism and random oafishness.  We’ve collected some points and authorities from last spring, highlighted them in red so as to distinguish them from comments and commentary from Glasgow, where available, and have listed these in somber black… per usual… compiled as Attachment Nine, A through L.  Next week, M through Z.  Too much fun!

When haggis, the Scots national dish, contains sheep’s heart, lungs and liver, the charge d’affaires at the US embassy in London, Philip Reeker, responded: “You probably shouldn’t sell it with that.”

 

 

 

NOVEMBER 5 – NOVEMBER 11

 

 

Friday, November 5, 2021

 

Infected: 46,436,005

Dead:  753,930

Dow:  36,327.95

 

 

Funeral services held for Colin Powell (a good soldier who made one bad mistake… but haven’t we all? –DJI.  Eulogies by Ass. DefSec, who describes a leader as one whom men follow (and doesn’t desert them and run off to watch the fighting on TV) and former SecState Madeleine Albright.  Four living Presidents attend but Djonald Unsorry stay s home and tweets that Powell was an incompetent RINO “treated in death so beautifully by the Fake News Media."

    Supply chainsaw massacre hits warehouse with no room to store the foreign stuff if it were unloaded off container ships.  This provokes shortages, which provokes price hikes in Ikea, French cheeses and Chinese toys.  Pelaton stocks fall with plague easing, but AIRBNB profits soar.

   Champions and GOATs also soar: Good Housekeeping’s list of Best Toys include organic Play Dough, a VR Atlas, legos and the much0maligned Mister Potato Head.  A Spanish cheese called “seductive” stands alone atop the pile, and a parade is held for the Atlanta Braves.  More J6 rioters arrested for “parading” without a Series victory.

 

 

 

 

Saturday, November 6, 2021

 

Infected:  46,461,750

Dead:  754,279

 

 

           

 

House passes physical infrastructure bill “bipartisanly”… 6 Dems oppose, but 13 ‘Pubs desert the party line that collapsing bridges and toxic water are good things for America.  President Joe promises “you will see the effects in the streets and on the ground.”  (Mister Trump derides it as “a PR exercise”.)

   Eight killed and dozens injured at Houston’s Astroworld concert as fans stampede and trample one another during Travis Scott performance.  FDA fears catastrophe as AT&T and Verizon roll our 5 GB phones, obliterate rader and crash planes, tanker explodes in Sierra Leone, killing 42.  Also in Africa, Ethiopian civil war is spilling over into next door Sudan (which already has insurgency problems).  

  Monthly economic report cite 500,000 new jobs – many holiday related.  The downside is infleation and predicted shortages of everything.  But hey!... ABBA releases its first new album in 726 years, as it seems.

 

 

 

Sunday, November 7, 2021

 

Infected:  46,487,808

Dead:  754,430

                

 

 

Daylight Savings Time ends.  Everybody gets a free hour’s sleep.  But partisanship lives… with prices rising for natural and unnatural gas, some scientists want to end DST while Little Marco (Rubio, R-Fl) wants to make it universal.

   A Federal court blocks President Joe’s mask mandates, but kids are lining up to get shot anyway.  Election coroners blame McAuliffe defeat on some voters punishing Dems for moving too slow on passing infrastructure bill, others punishing Dems for moving too fast.

    Albert Korir and Peres Jepchirchir win men’s and women’s NY marathon divisions, but the media focuses on a host of emotional contestants… amputees and blindmen, the very old and very young, soldiers and healthcare workers and more…

 

 

 

 

Monday, November 8, 2021

 

Infected:  46,613,146

Dead:  755,621

Dow:  36,432.26

 

                

 

Today is the day that President Joe’s vaxxing mandates go into effect and right-wing protests proliferate.  Aaron Rodgers forced to sit our Packers’ game yesterday and with backup QB Jordan Love, the result was not lovely.  They were smooshed.  Biden also lifts prohibition on foreign airplane flights in and our of America… happy families reuite, long lines of cars line up on the Canadian border.

   High publicity trials underway, vigilante killers in Arbery case in Georgia, vigilante Kyle Rittenhouse in Wisconsin and hitter and runner Oscar Pastorius.  On deck – mass ambulance chasing after Houston debacle (Travis Scott, aka Mr. Kylie Billionaire Jenner, vows to “take care of” stampede victims), civil and criminal probes of what was called “a massive loss of control”.  And then there is Alec Baldwin.  And ten million vaxxing refuseniks.

   Sen. Ted Cruz knows who the culprit is.  “Big Bird is "Government propaganda...for your 5-year-old!"-

 

 

 

Tuesday, November 9, 2021

 

Infected: 46,146,540                  Dead:  748,287

Dow:  35,976.90

 

 

Pfizer seeking FDA approval for boosters for everybody as more and more kids get shot.  Doctors assert that more and more people staying indoors during cold weather will lead to a New Wave of plague, maybe even a new variant.  Other doctors say that refuseniks are now 45 times more likely to get it.

   Riot investigators issue six more, then ten more subpoenas – newly charged are former Trump SecPress Kayley McAnany (sp), campaign manager Bill Stepien and dark eminence Stephen Miller.  These and other conspirators held meetings at the Willard Hotel in D.C. (not the one with the rats, one hopes) and then dispersed to pressure state legislators to overturn the election results.  (Crispin Glover remains an unindicted co-conspirator.)

  

 

 

Wednesday, November 10, 2021

 

Infected: 46,792,081

Dead:  759,060

Dow:  36,058.68

 

 

 

Federal judge rules that ex-President Trump must hand over boxes of incriminating J-6 documents – the issue is that a lame duck President does not have the same right to Executive Privilege as a President.  (What about a President-elect?)

   Inflation strikes Don Jones’ warmth and comfort – heating oil up 39%, propane up 48% and electricity up 6%.  Overall, it’s up 6.2%, highest in 30… no, 31!... years.  And food costs more too… bacon is up 60% to $15 in NYC.  Milk up 9%, Eggs 11%, Beef 13%.

   Ordinary rioter who punched a policeman gets 41 months for J-6, still less than the Q-Anon shaman who got 51.

   Celebrities sparkle: Markle (Meghan) advocates paid family leave, earning frowns from the (royal) purple people.  Nobel winner Malala (now Malik) marries a cricket entrepreneur and Paul Rudd (“Antman”) declared People’s Sexiest Man Alive.

 

 

 

Thursday, November 11, 2021

 

Infected:  46,852,796

Dead:  759,677

Dow:  35,921.23

  

 

It’s Veterans’ Day – it’s also the 100th Anniversary of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.  Tributes and advice proliferate: “If we could all live together,” one veteran says, “we’d all do much better.”

   A higher Federal court overturns yesterday’s ruling that ex-President Trump must hand over boxes of incriminating J-6 documents… so it’ll be going to the Supremes.

   The plague strikes back, not only among Refuseniks, but the vaxxed whose immunity is starting to wane.  Kids being shot as quickly as possible and doctors “are going around” the FDA in order to save lives.  Spotlight on Covid gives measles an opportunity to recur.

   Luke Combs wins Best Artist at Country Music Awards… four other prizes go to Chris Stapleton. 

 

 

 

Our multi-week love fest with the Don (as well as the Dow) finally came to an end, as all things must.  No more plummeting unemployment statistic or lamenting business owners forking over an extra buck or fifty cents in wage hikes – nothing in this week’s Economic Indices save inflation stats… gloomier than November in Glasgow.  The good indices… unemployment (and the Dow) are behind us and now inflation can hammer home – just in time for the holidays.

   Of particular anguish, the cost of home heating fuel outpaced even gasoline at the pump – rising by 12.3 for November, 59.1% for year!

   Socially, most experts agreed that the Glasgow COP 26 summit underperformed… and such recommendations made, if followed, would lower the standard of living worldwide (without necessarily lowering the dangers of flooding in some places, drought in others, bad air, bad vibes and mounting migration).  But, at least, some of the world leaders had to eat haggis – when informed that the Scots national dish contains sheep’s heart, lungs and liver, the charge d’affaires at the US embassy in London, Philip Reeker, responded: “You probably shouldn’t sell it with that.”  (Vegetarian haggis, for the politically correct, could also be found.

 

 

 

THE DON JONES INDEX

 

CHART of CATEGORIES w/VALUE ADDED to EQUAL BASELINE of 15,000

 

(REFLECTING… approximately… DOW JONES INDEX of June 27, 2013)

 

See a further explanation of categories here

 

ECONOMIC INDICES (60%)

 

 

DON JONES’ PERSONAL ECONOMIC INDEX

 

(45% of TOTAL INDEX POINTS)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CATEGORY

VALUE

BASE

RESULTS

SCORE

SCORE

OUR SOURCES and COMENTS

INCOME

24%

6/17/13

LAST

CHANGE

NEXT

 11/5/21

 11/12/21

SOURCE 

Wages (hourly, per capita)

9%

1350 points

 10/8/21

   +0.42%

 11/19/21

1,487.38

1,487.38

https://tradingeconomics.com/united-states/wages  26.26 nc

Median Income (yearly)

4%

600

 11/5/21

  +0.03%

 11/19/21

675.17

675.36

http://www.usdebtclock.org/   35,721

*Unempl. (BLS – in millions

4%

600

 10/1/21

   -4.35%

 11/19/21

436.39

436.39

http://data.bls.gov/timeseries/LNS14000000/  4.6% nc

*Official (DC – in millions)

2%

300

 11/5/21

   -0.13%

 11/19/21

512.56

513.23

http://www.usdebtclock.org/      7,609

*Unofficl. (DC – in millions)

2%

300

 11/5/21

   -0.19%

 11/19/21

426.85

427.66

http://www.usdebtclock.org/    13,549

Workforce Participtn.

     Number  

     Percent

2%

300

11/5/21

 

 +0.018%

 +0.023%

 11/19/21

 

 

320.93

 

 

321.01

In 153,845 out 100,342 Total: 254,187

 

http://www.usdebtclock.org/ 60.52

WP %  (ycharts)*

1%

150

 10/8/21

   -0.16%

 11/19/21

152.23

152.23

https://ycharts.com/indicators/labor_force_participation_rate  61.60 nc

OUTGO

(15%)

Total Inflation

7%

1050

 10/8/21

+0.9%

 11/19/21

973.36

964.60

http://www.bls.gov/news.release/cpi.nr0.htm     +0.9

Food

2%

300

 10/8/21

+0.9%

 11/19/21

272.56

270.11

http://www.bls.gov/news.release/cpi.nr0.htm     +0.9

Gasoline

2%

300

 10/8/21

+6.1%

 11/19/21

251.94

236.57

http://www.bls.gov/news.release/cpi.nr0.htm     +6.1*

Medical Costs

2%

300

 10/8/21

+0.5%

 11/19/21

285.05

283.62

http://www.bls.gov/news.release/cpi.nr0.htm     +0.5

Shelter

2%

300

 10/8/21

+0.5%

 11/19/21

287.33

285.89

http://www.bls.gov/news.release/cpi.nr0.htm     +0.5

WEALTH

(6%)

 

Dow Jones Index

2%

300

 11/5/21

   -0.66%

 11/19/21

388.28

385.74

https://www.wsj.com/market-data/quotes/index/DJIA  36,089.86

Home (Sales) 

   (Valuation)

1%

1%

150

150

 10/1/21

  +16.91%

  -1.09%

 11/19/21

199.77

177.56             

199.77

177.56             

https://www.nar.realtor/research-and-statistics

     Sales (M):  6.29 Valuations (K):  352.8 nc

Debt (Personal)

2%

300

 11/5/21

 +0.06%

 11/19/21

269.86

269.54

http://www.usdebtclock.org/    65,433

* Fuel oil up 12.3 for November, 59.1% for year!

 

AMERICAN ECONOMIC INDEX (15% of TOTAL INDEX POINTS) 

NATIONAL

(10%)

 

Revenue (trilns.)

2%

300

 11/5/21

 +0.02%

 11/19/21

346.26      

346.32      

debtclock.org/       4,050

Expenditures (tr.)

2%

300

 11/5/21

  -0.51%

 11/19/21

219.13

218.90

debtclock.org/       6,846

National Debt tr.)

3%

450

 11/5/21

 +0.17%

 11/19/21

317.76

317.24

http://www.usdebtclock.org/    28,959

Aggregate Debt (tr.)

3%

450

 11/5/21

 +0.04%

 11/19/21

372.04

371.90

http://www.usdebtclock.org/    85,017

GLOBAL

(5%)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Foreign Debt (tr.)

2%

300

 11/5/21

 +0.12%

 11/19/21

274.75      

274.43     

http://www.usdebtclock.org/   7,651

Exports (in billions)

1%

150

 10/8/21

  -2.79%

 11/19/21

 184.54

 184.54

https://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/index.html  207.9 nc

Imports (bl.)

1%

150

 11/5/21

 +0.52%

 11/19/21

 113.20

 113.20

https://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/index.html  288.5

Trade Deficit (bl.)

1%

150

 10/8/21

 +9.39%

 11/19/21

   85.46         

   85.46         

https://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/index.html    80.9

 

SOCIAL INDICES (40%)  

 

ACTS of MAN

(12%)

World Affairs

3%

450

11/5/21

     -0.3%

 11/19/21

382.50

381.35

Poland-Belarus war looms as migrants stream over the border.  Russia moves troops to Ukraine border.  US lifts bans on international travel; happy families reunite.  President Joe condemns Nicaraguan election – says “stop the steal”.  Civil war breaks our in Ethiopia as next door Sudan/South Sudan clashes persist. 

Terrorism

2%

300

11/5/21

     -0.1%

 11/19/21

219.51

219.29

Iraqi prime minister escapes drone attack.  President Joe criticizes terrorists.  They tremble.  Then he farts at a meeting with Duchess Camilla.  Terrorific!

Politics

3%

450

11/5/21

     +0.1%

 11/19/21

438.59      

439.03      

Republican Jewish conclave begins in Vegas.  Mike (My Pillow) Lindell is out of the gate on calling to “Stop the (New Jersey) Steal”.  Dueling judges demand or undemand Trump papers.  Ex-Sen./UN Rep. Nikki Haley wants mandatory cognitive tests for political candidates.  Partisan wrasslin’ over reparations payout to rejected migrants.

Economics

3%

450

11/5/21

      +0.1%

 11/19/21

403.44

403.84

Infra One (the physical stuff) goes into effect even before Biden signs it, 13 Trump-hating ‘Pubs (the usual suspects: Kinzinger, Cheney etc.) support, 6 Squad Game Dems oppose. Rachel Scott of ABC news calls it “a rare bipartisan breather in a bitterly divided Congress.”  Really?  EnSec predicts $4/gal gas soon.  California gas already $5/gal.  Bacon in New York up to $15/lb. Heating oil up 39%, propane 48% but electricity only 6%.  Semiconductor shortage will last well into 2023.

Crime

1%

150

11/5/21

     +0.2%

 11/19/21

238.02

238.50

DOJ arrests ransomware hackers.  Tennessee kung-fu preacher disarms church invasion gunman. Kidnappers strike out: abductor of 16 year old girl busted, carjacked infant left behind.  Murders of the week: 13 year old trick or treater killed in Indiana, mall shooter bags vic in front of the Target, two students off their teacher. NYPD officers taser man who bursts into flames, three Boston cops shot in standoff.  French soccer player does a Tonya on a teammate so as to get more playing time.  Assistant Principal faces 16 years for helping daughter become Homecoming Queen.

 

ACTS of GOD

 

(6%)

 

Environment/Weather

3%

450

 11/5/21

           nc

 11/19/21

382.50

382.50

Daylight Savings Time ends.  Nine inches of rain in Florida as another nor’easter moves up the coast towards… yes… the northeast. 

Natural/Unnatural Disaster

3%

450

 11/5/21

        -0.2%

 11/19/21

219.51

219.07

8 killed at Houston Astroworld concert stampede during Travis Scott’s performance of “Skeletons” a ninth dies days later.  Police disclose they found drugs (gasp!) among the resultant debris.  42 die in Sierra Leone tanker explosion.  (See both above)  Hero pilot restarts stalled plane full of skydivers.  Man rescued after being trapped 54 hours in a British cave.

 

LIFESTYLE/JUSTICE INDEX   (15%)

 

Science, Tech, Education

4%

600

 11/5/21

     +0.2%

 11/19/21

401.26

402.06

Space X astronauts diaper-up for return to earth as shuttle toilet fails.  Four more head up for a six-month mission.  Legislators seek “restart” as student debt burden hits $2T.  Schools rassle with underperforming plague students, pass them on or hold them back?

Equality (econ/social)

4%

600

 11/5/21

     +0.2%

 11/19/21

405.18

405.99

One (1) school for girls reopens in Afghanistan.  Phoenix Suns owner accused of racism and misogyny.  Facebook promises to stop political and racial targeting.  Meghan Markle advocates paid family leave – the royal purple people disapprove.

Health

     

          

            Plague

4%

600

 11/5/21

     -0.1%

 

  

     +0.1%

 11/19/21

398.06

 

 

- 103.33

397.66

 

 

- 103.23

While the world panics over plague, a measles outbreak is breaking out.  And lurking in the shadows… the flu!

Recovery escalates – Vegas brings back the All You Can Eat buffet (Homer Simpson cheers).  Aaron Rogers suspended for trying to confuse NFL vaxcops by claiming “immunization”, not “vaccination” and then blaming the “woke mob” for his plight.  “Experts” say that refuseniks are now 45X more likely to get it, but Federal Court blocks President Joe’s vaxxing mandate and Sen. Cruz attacks Big Bird as a government stooge.  More plague payoffs - $100 for vaxxees in Louisiana.  Two hyenas get it.

Freedom and Justice

3%

450

 11/5/21

      nc

 11/19/21

459.96

459.96

Bobby Bostic seeks parole after 40-some years, sentenced to 241 years as 16 year old car thief.  Prosecutor calls Cuomo touching case “potentially defective”.  Lighting crewman fingers Baldwin in movie set murder. Vigilante trials: Rittenhouse cries (perhaps staged), Arbery defendants accused of “driveway justice” and their lawyer complains about too many black pastors in the courtroom.  Capitol riot suspect flees, seeks asylum in Belarus just in time for the war with Poland.

 

MISCELLANEOUS and TRANSIENT INDEX           (7%) 

 

Cultural incidents

3%

450

 11/5/21

   +0.4%

 11/19/21

 532.50

 534.63

Marvel’s “Eternals” opens with $71M b.o. – OK for plague, weak by comparison to 2019 films.  People Magazine names Ant Man actor Paul Rudd “sexiest man alive”.   Nobel winner Malala marries a cricket man.  Albert Korir and Peres Jepchirchir win NY Marathon – inspirational stories of young/old/disabled and celebrity runners abound.  Chris Stapleton sweeps awards at CMA, except for Luke Combs (entertainer of the year).  Scottie Pippen writes a book, disses Michael Jordan.  RIP former Senator and VA Chief Max Cleland, South African premier F. W. deKlerk, actors Dean (so fucking suave in “Blue Velvet”) Stockwell, pioneer black gymnast Dianne Durham, Mets pitcher Pedro Feliciano

Miscellaneous incidents

4%

450

 11/5/21

  +0.2%

 11/19/21

 485.98

 486.95

100th anniversary of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.  “If we could all live together,” a veteran observes, “we’d do much better.”  750,000 year old child skull found in S. Africa.  NBA replaces Spalding balls with Wilsons.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Don Jones Index for the week of November 5th through November 11th, 2021 was DOWN 28.79 points.

 

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ATTACHMENT ONE – From the White House

 

Scottish Event Campus
Glasgow, Scotland

November 1, 2021   2:55 P.M. GMT

 

THE PRESIDENT:  Ladies and gentlemen, to state the obvious, we meet with the eyes of history upon us and the profound questions before us.  It’s simple: Will we act?  Will we do what is necessary?  Will we seize the enormous opportunity before us?  Or will we condemn future generations to suffer?

This is the decade that will determine the answer.  This decade.  The science is clear: We only have a brief window left before us to raise our ambitions and to raise — to meet the task that’s rapidly narrowing.

This is a decisive decade in which we have an opportunity to prove ourselves.  We can keep the goal of limiting global warming to just 1.5 degrees Celsius within our reach if we come together, if we commit to doing our part of each of our nations with determination and with ambition.  That’s what COP26 is all about.

Glasgow must be the kickoff of a decade — a decade of ambition and innovation to preserve our shared future.

Climate change is already ravaging the world.  We’ve heard from many speakers.  It’s not a hypothetical; it’s not a hypothetical threat.  It’s destroying people’s lives and livelihoods and doing it every single day.

It’s costing our nations trillions of dollars.  Record heat and drought are fueling more widespread and more intense wildfires in some places and crop failures in others.  Record flooding and what used to be a once-in-a-century storms are now happening every few years. 

In the past few months, the United States has experienced all of this, and every region of the world can tell similar stories.  And in an age where this pandemic has made so painfully clear that no nation can wall its all — wall itself off from borderless threats, we know that none of us can escape the worse that’s yet to come if we fail to seize this moment.

But, ladies and gentlemen, within the growing catastrophe, I believe there’s an incredible opportunity, not just for the United States but for all of us.  We’re standing at an inflection point in world history.  We have the ability to invest in ourselves and build an equitable clean-energy future and in the process create millions of good-paying jobs and opportunities around the world — cleaner air for our children, where bountiful oceans, healthier forests and ecosystems for our planet.

We can create an environment that raises the standard of living around the world.  And this is a moral imperative, but it’s also an economic imperative — if we fuel greater growth, new jobs, and better opportunities for all our people.

And as we see current volatility in energy prices, rather than cast it as a reason to back off our clean energy goals, we must view it as a call to action. 

High energy prices only — only reinforce the urgent need to diversiry [sic] — diversify sources, double down on clean energy deployment, and adapt promising new clean-energy technologies so we cannot ove- — where you don’t remain overly reliant on one source of power to power our economies and our communities.

It’s in the self-interest of every single nation.  And this is a chance, in my view, to make a generational investment

in our economic resilience and in our workers and our communities throughout the world.  That’s what we’re going to do in the United States.

My Build Back Better framework will make historic investments in clean energy, the most significant investment

to deal with the climate crisis that any advanced nation has made ever.

We’re going to cut U.S. greenhouse gas emissions by well over a gigaton by 2030, while making it more affordable for consumers to save on their own energy bills with tax credits for things like installing solar panels, weatherizing their homes, lowering energy prices.  We’ll also deliver cleaner air and water for our children, electrifying fleets of school buses, increasing credits for electric vehicles, and addressing legacy pollution. 

It will incentivize clean energy manufacturing, building the solar panels and wind turbines that are growing energy markets of the future, which will create good-paying union jobs for American workers — and something that none of us should lose sight of.

When I talk to the American people about climate change, I tell them it’s about jobs.  It’s about workers who will lay thousands of miles of transmission lines of clean, modern, resilient power grid.  The autoworkers who will build the next generation of electric vehicles and electricians who will install a nationwide network of 500,000 vehicle stations to power them throughout my country.  The engineers who will design new carbon capture systems, and the construction workers who will make them a reality.  The farmers who will not only help fight global hunger but also use the soil to fight climate change.  The communities that will revitalize themselves around new industries and opportunities.

And because we are taking all these actions, the United States will be able to meet the ambitious target I set in the Leaders’ Summit on Climate back in April, reducing the U.S. emissions by 50 to 52 percent below 2005 levels by 2030.

We’ll demonstrate to the world the United States

is not only back at the table but hopefully leading by the power of our example. 

I know it hasn’t been the case, and that’s why my administration is working overtime to show that our climate commitment is action, not words.

On my very first day in office, I took action to return the United States to the Paris Agreement.  Since then, our administration has been hard at work unlocking clean energy breakthroughs to drive down the cost of technologies that will require us to do — to achieve net-zero emissions, and working with the private sector on the next generation of technologies that will power a clean economy of the future.

Over the next several days, the United States will be announcing several new initiatives that demonstrate our commitment to providing innovative solutions across multiple sectors, from agriculture to oil and gas, to combatting deforestration — deforestation, to tackling hard and to abate industries.

We’re planning for a both short-term sprint to 2030 that will keep 1.5 degrees Celsius in reach and for a marathon that will take us — take us to the finish line and transform the largest economy in the world into a thriving, innovative, equitable, and just clean-energy engine of net-zero — for a net-zero world. 

That’s why today I’m releasing the U.S. long-term strategy, which presents a vision of achieving the United States’ goal of net-zero emissions economy-wide by no later than 2050 and reinforces an absolutely critical nature of taking bold action with the — in the decisive decade.

We’re also going to try to do our part when it comes to helping the rest of the world take action as well.  We want to do more to help countries around the world, especially developing countries, accelerate their clean-energy transition, address pollution, and ensure the world we all must share a cleaner, safer, healthiest planet.  And we have an obligation to help.

And the United Nations — at the United Nations in September, I announced that my administration is working with the Congress to quadruple our climate finance support for developing countries by 2024, including a significant increase in support for adaptation efforts.

This commitment has made possible to each of our collective goals of mobilizing $100 billion annually for climate finance.  But mobilizing finance at the scale necessary to meet the incredible need is an all-hands-on-deck effort.

As other speakers today have mentioned, governments and the private sector, and multilateral development banks must also do their work to go from millions to billions to trillions to — necessary affect to this transition.

Today, I’m also submitting a new Adaptation Communication laying out how we will implement the global goal of adaptation, as well as announcing our first-ever contribution to the Adaptation Fund.

But our commitment is about more than just financing;

that’s a critical piece of it.  We’re also going to support solutions across the board.

In the lead-up to this gathering, the United States joined our G7 partners to launch a Build Back Better World initiative.  We also reconvened the Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate to launch transformative actions and to raise ambition.

And together with the European Union, we are launching a Global Methane Pledge to collectively reduce methane emissions — one of the most potent greenhouse gases — by at least 30 percent by the end of the decade.

More than 70 countries have already signed up to support the rapid reduction of methane pollution, and I encourage every nation to sign on.  It’s the simple [single]-most effective strategy we have to slow global warming in the near term. 

My friends, if we are to recognize that a better, more hopeful future of — every nation has to do its part with ambitious targets to keep 1.5 degrees in reach and specific plans as to how to get there, especially the major economies.

It’s imperative that we support developing nations so they can be our partners in this effort.  Right now, we’re still falling short.  There’s no more time to hang back or sit on the fence or argue amongst ourselves.

This is the challenge of our collective lifetimes.  The existential thrength [sic] — threat to human existence as we know it.  And every day we delay, the cost of inaction increases.

So let this be the moment that we answer history’s call 

here in Glasgow.  Let this be the start of decade of transformative action that preserves our planet and raises the quality of life for people everywhere.

We can do this.  We just have to make a choice to do it.

So, let’s get to work.  And thank you. 

Those of us who are responsible for much of the deforestation and all the problems we have so far have an overwhelming obligation to the nations who, in fact, were not there, have not done it.  And we have to help much more than we have thus far.

God bless you all, and may God save the planet.  Thank you.  (Applause.) 

3:06 P.M. GMT

 

 

ATTACHMENT TWO – From Guardian UK

 

WHAT IS COP26 AND WHY DOES IT MATTER? THE COMPLETE GUIDE

 

Everything you need to know about the Glasgow conference seeking to forge a global response to the climate emergency

·                                 Your Cop26 jargon buster

·                                 Who’s who at the climate summit

·                                 John Kerry says Cop26 is ‘starting line for rest of decade’

 

By Fiona Harvey Environment correspondent, Mon 11 Oct 2021 07.30 EDT

·          

What is Cop26?

For almost three decades, world governments have met nearly every year to forge a global response to the climate emergency. Under the 1992 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), every country on Earth is treaty-bound to “avoid dangerous climate change”, and find ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions globally in an equitable way.

Cop stands for conference of the parties under the UNFCCC, and the annual meetings have swung between fractious and soporific, interspersed with moments of high drama and the occasional triumph (the Paris agreement in 2015) and disaster (Copenhagen in 2009). This year is the 26th iteration, postponed by a year because of the Covid-19 pandemic, and to be hosted by the UK in Glasgow.

When?

The conference will officially open on 31 October, a day earlier than planned, because of Covid-19, and more than 120 world leaders will gather in the first few days. They will then depart, leaving the complex negotiations to their representatives, mainly environment ministers or similarly senior officials. About 25,000 people are expected to attend the conference in total.

The talks are scheduled to end at 6pm on Friday 12 November, but past experience of Cops shows they are likely to extend into Saturday and perhaps even to Sunday.

Why do we need a Cop – don’t we already have the Paris agreement?

Yes – under the landmark Paris agreement, signed in 2015, nations committed to holding global temperature rises to “well below” 2C above pre-industrial levels, while “pursuing efforts” to limit heating to 1.5C. Those goals are legally binding and enshrined in the treaty.

However, to meet those goals, countries also agreed on non-binding national targets to cut – or in the case of developing countries, to curb the growth of – greenhouse gas emissions in the near term, by 2030 in most cases.

Those national targets – known as nationally determined contributions, or NDCs – were inadequate to hold the world within the Paris temperature targets. If fulfilled, they would result in 3C or more of warming, which would be disastrous.

Everyone knew at Paris that the NDCs were inadequate, so the French built into the accord a “ratchet mechanism” by which countries would have to return to the table every five years with fresh commitments. Those five years were up on 31 December 2020, but the pandemic prevented many countries coming forward.

All countries are now being urged to revise their NDCs before Cop26 in line with a 1.5C target, the lower of the two Paris goals. Scientists estimate that emissions must be reduced by 45% by 2030, compared with 2010 levels, and from there to net zero emissions by 2050, if the world is to have a good chance of remaining within the 1.5C threshold.

Are we nearly there?

 

No. The UN reported recently that current NDCs, including those that have been newly submitted or revised by the US, the EU, the UK and more than 100 others, are still inadequate. They would result in a 16% increase in emissions, far from the 45% cut needed. So much more remains to be done.

Is this all about China?

The world’s biggest emitter, China, produced its NDC a few days before the start of Cop26, but analysts said it was disappointing. China will aim for emissions to peak by 2030, and reach net zero emissions by 2060, and reduce the amount of carbon it produces per unit of GDP by 65%. But these are the same commitments made by the Chinese government more than a year ago, and experts believe China is capable of doing far more – of peaking emissions by 2025, which would be a major boost to global efforts to remain within 1.5C.

Climate Action Tracker, which analyses global targets, said China’s NDC would mean temperatures were on a trajectory to 2.4C, well above even the upper goal of the Paris accord.

Xi Jinping, China’s president, will not come to Glasgow. His attendance would be a significant boost, but leading figures in the talks have said they can still have a successful outcome without his physical presence.

Why is 1.5C so important?

As part of the Paris agreement, the world’s leading authority on climate science – the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change – was charged with examining closely what a 1.5C temperature rise would mean for the planet. They found a vast difference between the damage done by 1.5C and 2C of heating, and concluded that the lower temperature was much safer.

An increase of 1.5C would still result in a rising sea levels, the bleaching of coral reefs, and an increase in heatwaves, droughts, floods, fiercer storms and other forms of extreme weather, but these would be far less than the extremes associated with a rise of 2C.

Further findings from the IPCC, released in August, underlined these warnings and concluded that there was still a chance for the world to stay within the 1.5C threshold but that it would require concerted efforts. Crucially, they also found that every fraction of a degree of increase is important.

How far do we have to go?

Temperatures around the world are already at about 1.1 – 1.2C above pre-industrial levels, and greenhouse gas emissions are still on an upward trend.

Carbon dioxide output plunged during the Covid-19 lockdowns last year, but that was temporary and they have surged again since as economies have recovered. To stay within 1.5C, global emissions need to come down by about 7% a year for this decade.

What about net zero?

To stay within 1.5C, we must stop emitting carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases – from burning fossil fuels, from agriculture and animal husbandry – which create methane – from cutting down trees and from certain industrial processes – almost completely by mid-century. Any residual emissions remaining by then, for instance from processes that cannot be modified, must be offset by increasing the world’s carbon sinks, such as forests, peatlands and wetlands, which act as vast carbon stores. That balance is known as net zero.

Long-term goals are not enough, however. The climate responds to cumulative emissions, and carbon dioxide stays in the atmosphere for about a century after it is released, so we could reach net zero by 2050 but still have emitted so much in the meantime that we exceed the 1.5C threshold irrevocably.

That is why scientists and politicians are calling the 2020s the crucial decade for the climate – if emissions can peak soon and be reduced rapidly, we can keep cumulative emissions from growing too much, and still have a chance of staying within 1.5C.

Is Cop26 just about 1.5C?

The NDCs are the central part of the negotiations, and getting more countries to sign up to a long-term net zero goal is also important. But the UK presidency also hopes to help achieve these goals with a focus on three other areas: climate finance, phasing out coal, and nature-based solutions.

Climate finance is the money provided to poor countries, from public and private sources, to help them cut emissions and cope with the impacts of extreme weather. Poor countries were promised at the Copenhagen Cop in 2009 that they would receive $100bn a year by 2020.

That target has been missed: the OECD found in a report in September that only about $80bn was provided last year. Developing countries want reassurances that the money will be forthcoming as soon as possible, and want to see a new financial settlement that will vastly expand the funds available beyond 2025.

The phase-out of coal is essential to staying within 1.5C. Countries have made moves in this direction – China, the world’s biggest coal consumer, will stop financing new coal-fired power plants overseas, for instance. But China, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Australia and several other countries are still major producers and consumers of coal, and much more needs to be done.

Nature-based solutions are projects such as preserving and restoring existing forests, peatlands, wetlands and other natural carbon sinks, and growing more trees. These are important initiatives, and the destruction of the Amazon and other rainforests around the world is a huge contributor to climate change and biodiversity loss. Experts urge caution, however: while growing trees is a good idea, there is not room to grow all the trees some have suggested, and they cannot solve the climate crisis alone. Fossil fuel use must also end.

There has also been progress on issues such as methane, a greenhouse gas that can heat the planet 80 times more than carbon dioxide, and which comes from animal husbandry, agricultural waste, oil drilling and other fossil fuel exploration. The EU and the US formed a partnership to cut global methane emissions by 2030, which recent research found could mostly be achieved at little or no cost.

Any other problems?

At Cop26, countries will also have to find an answer to the conundrum of carbon trading. Carbon trading was first introduced to the talks in the Kyoto protocol of 1997, as a mechanism by which rich countries could hive off some of their carbon reduction to developing countries. It works like this: a tonne of carbon dioxide has the same impact on the atmosphere wherever it is emitted, so if it is cheaper to cut a tonne of carbon dioxide in India than in Italy, the Italian government or companies could pay for projects – solar panels, for example, or a wind farm – in India that would reduce emissions there, and count those “carbon credits” towards their own emissions-cutting targets.

In this way, poor countries gain access to much-needed finance for emissions-cutting efforts, and rich countries face less of an economic burden in cutting carbon.

However, the system has been open to abuse in some cases and is inadequate in any case in a world where all countries, developed and developing, must cut their carbon as fast as possible. Carbon trading was included in article 6 of the Paris agreement, but conflicts over how to implement it have never been resolved. Arguments over article 6 helped derail the last Cop, in Madrid in 2019, and the UK hosts are hoping the issue can be managed this time, in order not to wreck any potential outcome.

This is the 26th Cop – why has all this taken so long?

Since the industrial revolution, the modern world has run on fossil fuels. We live in a Promethean age – nearly all of our prosperity and technology has been built on cheap, easy-to-access energy from fossil fuels. Ending their reign will require huge changes, to energy systems, to the built environment, to transport, to our behaviour and diet.

Getting 196 nations to agree on something so complex has not been easy. Developed countries have been unwilling to take on the costs, while developing countries have demanded the right to continue to use fossil fuels to achieve economic growth. There have been wranglings over historic responsibility, over burden-sharing, over costs, over science, and the politics has been influenced by changes of government in key countries – Donald Trump, for instance, withdrew the US from the Paris agreement.

On the plus side, the cost of renewable energy and other green technology has plunged in recent years, so that it is now as cheap as fossil fuels in most parts of the world. Electric vehicle technology also progressed rapidly, and new fuels such as hydrogen are being developed.

Why will it be held in Glasgow?

The presidency is up for grabs each year, and tends to swing between developed and developing countries, and around the world so that all regions are represented. Previous notable Cops have taken place in Copenhagen, Kyoto, Marrakesh, Lima and Durban, and next year’s is likely to be in Egypt. The UK is actually co-hosting Cop26 with Italy, which has hosted several precursor meetings, including a pre-Cop and a youth Cop in Milan, and will host the G20 leaders’ meeting just days before Cop26.

Won’t this be a massive Covid superspreader?

The Cop was originally scheduled for November 2020, but a decision was taken in May last year to postpone, because of the pandemic. The Scottish government, the UN and the UK’s national government have all been closely involved in the preparations.

The decision was taken to hold the event in person, rather than virtually, because of the urgent need for countries to increase their ambition on emissions cuts, and the difficulty of getting progress to that end without people meeting face-to-face. The fear – well-grounded, given the experience of other virtual conferences – was that a virtual conference would let countries off the hook.

Countries have also been wary of committing to firm decisions on the complex technical negotiations by virtual means. Some of the negotiations have taken place in advance, virtually, but the decisions cannot be formalised until they are agreed by all nations in person.

Delegates have been offered vaccinations by the UK government ahead of the talks, but those from red list countries will still have to quarantine. The UK government will pay the costs for those countries that cannot otherwise afford to come.

What happens if Cop26 fails?

 

The big players in the talks – the UN, the UK, the US – have already conceded that Cop26 will not achieve everything that was hoped for. The NDCs likely to emerge from Glasgow will not add up to all that is needed to ensure the world remains within 1.5C.

That is disappointing for many observers, but is not a surprise. Given the complexity of the negotiations, a perfect outcome was never likely. What the UK hosts are now focused on is ensuring that there is enough progress on emissions cuts for 2030 to “keep 1.5C alive”, and to pursue as many other routes – phasing out coal; cutting methane; setting a path away from fossil fuels for transport; getting business, financial institutions and sub-national governments to set out plans to cut emissions in line with 1.5C – that will help reach that goal as soon as possible.

One of the key issues now is to ensure that the talks themselves run smoothly. The Copenhagen Cop in 2009 was widely perceived as a failure, even though it produced a partial agreement that became the foundation for Paris. But it ended in scenes of chaos, division, recriminations and discord. If that can be avoided, and a clear route map drawn up that can credibly keep the world from exceeding 1.5C, Cop26 may still have a successful outcome.

The climate crisis is not the only environmental crisis – what about species loss and nature?

Countries are also meeting for a parallel set of talks on stemming biodiversity loss, restoring natural ecosystems and protecting the oceans. Those talks were set to be hosted by the Chinese government in Kunming last October, but have been delayed. They will reach a conclusion next April at an in-person meeting, with virtual negotiations in the run-up.

 

          AND – Attachment 2A

     

THIRD OF PACIFIC ISLANDS UNABLE TO ATTEND COP26, SPARKING FEARS SUMMIT WILL BE LESS AMBITIOUS

 

Activists say the presence of the countries most affected by climate crisis is key to pressuring leaders to agree (to) aggressive targets

 

A third of Pacific small island states and territories do not plan to send any government figures to the Cop-26 summit in Glasgow due to Covid-19 travel restrictions.

The lack of high-level representation of Pacific nations at the meeting has led to fears that the concerns of these countries, which are among those most at risk due to the climate crisis, will not be appropriately represented at the summit.

At a meeting of Pacific regional organisations last week, it was confirmed that 13 of the Pacific small island developing states plan to send a leader or minister to Cop26 and seven do not, and instead intend to send representatives from their missions in New York, Brussels, or other cities, though sources present at the meeting say the number could change in the next few weeks.

Rising sea levels threaten Marshall Islands’ status as a nation, World Bank report warns

 “It’s a big issue for the Pacific, the fact that we will not be able to be there in person as we would like,” said Ralph Regenvanu, opposition leader of Vanuatu. “If we go back to Paris [Cop21], it was the personal presence of Pacific leaders that really made a change and brought us to the one point five degree figure that we have now in the agreement.

“I know, for example, Vanuatu will not be sending anybody in person [this year]. Other countries are sending much smaller delegations … and that will significantly, I think, reduce our ability to influence the outcomes of that Cop … which is what we’ve done in the past.”

The smaller numbers are largely due to Covid travel restrictions. Most Pacific countries have remained Covid-free or had very low case numbers throughout the pandemic, due to closing their borders to international travel.

As a result, travelling from these Pacific countries to the Glasgow summit would require leaders to complete up to a month of managed quarantine.

“We’re really really struggling to get a high-level delegation to go to the Cop,” said Albon Ishoda, ambassador from the Marshall Islands to Fiji and the Pacific Islands.

 “It’s always expected that the head of the country … would attend these meetings and we cannot have the president be indisposed for a huge amount of time,” he said.

Anyone returning to the Marshall Islands, a low-lying atoll nation in the north Pacific, which has recorded just four cases of Covid-19 and no deaths during the pandemic, must complete two weeks of managed quarantine in Honolulu and then another two weeks in the Marshall Islands.

Ishoda says the difficulties for Pacific leaders in getting to Cop should motivate other world leaders to make sure they don’t waste the opportunity afforded by the summit.

“They should recognise that … we’re crossing huge oceans and scaling mountains to get there, so you know, don’t waste our time by saying: ‘OK, we’re going to push this back to another Cop’.”

The impact of travel restrictions will have an even more dramatic effect on the number of civil society representatives from the Pacific who will be able to attend.

Lavetanalagi Seru, a Fijian leader from the Pacific Islands Climate Action Network (PICAN), said Cop26 had proved “near impossible to attend” for activists and campaigners.

Most Pacific countries have remained Covid-free or had very low case numbers throughout the pandemic, due to closing their borders to international travel.

As a result, travelling from these Pacific countries to the Glasgow summit would require leaders to complete up to a month of managed quarantine.

The challenges include strict quarantine rules upon return to Pacific countries, which have to be paid for by the delegates and mean many delegates have to take a month off work; flights that cost up to double their pre-pandemic prices; high accommodation costs in Scotland and the fear of bringing Covid-19 back to vulnerable communities.

“It’s going to be really really small,” said Seru, estimating there will be 20 to 30 civil society delegates from the Pacific this year, compared with 70 to 80 in normal years.

Seru says that civil society representatives have traditionally played a significant role at Cop summits.

“It keeps this drumbeat of pressure on government … we break down whatever the outcome is in a very digestible approach and communicate that back to people in the Pacific, so we can keep the pressure on Pacific governments, also on Australia, New Zealand, the US.

“We’re also there to provide support for Pacific small island developing states, where we have smaller delegations, leaders are unable to be in all the rooms at once, so this is where civil society steps in and covers some of the meetings.”

Lavetanalagi Seru, a Fijian leader from the Pacific Islands Climate Action Network (PICAN), said Cop26 had proved “near impossible to attend” for activists and campaigners. Seru estimates the costs for him to get to Glasgow will be about FJD20,000 (£7,000), in a country where the starting salary for a government employee is about FJD12,000 (£4,200) a year. He has managed to attend because NGOs including Greenpeace, Oxfam and Climate Justice Resilience Fund have provided support to his organisation.

Others, like Alisi Rabukawaqa, a Pacific Climate Warrior and Fijian Council of Elders who has attended Cop summits in the past cannot afford to attend this year.

“The bottom line really is time and money,” she said. “For me, I do this voluntarily, it is not part of my 8-5 job. There is absolutely no organisation that would allow for a staff to have that much time away.”

Rabukawaqa says that while it’s “crucial” that Pacific leaders and activists attend Cop, “I think so far I can count with one hand the number of people I know personally who will be in attendance.”

 

ATTACHMENT THREEFrom CNBC

10:03 AM: DAVID ATTENBOROUGH: IS THIS HOW OUR STORY IS DUE TO END?

By Chloe Taylor, MON, NOV 1 202110:05 AM EDT

 

Naturalist David Attenborough said the burning of fossil fuels and humanity’s destruction of nature are releasing carbon into the atmosphere at an unprecedented pace and scale.  

“We are already in trouble,” he warned. “The civility we all depend on is breaking.”

“Is this how our story is due to end?” Attenborough added. “A tale of the smartest species doomed by that all too human characteristic of failing to see the bigger picture in pursuit of short-term goals. If working apart we are force powerful enough to destabilize our planet, surely working together we are powerful enough to save it.”

 

ATTACHMENT FOURFrom WashPost

 

BORIS JOHNSON DRAWS CRITICISM FOR PLANS TO FLY HOME FROM GLASGOW CLIMATE SUMMIT

 

By Claire Parker

 

Prime Minister Boris Johnson drew heat Monday for planning to return to London from the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow, Scotland, on a private plane, just hours after warning in a speech that time was running out on the “doomsday clock” to save the planet.

Complete WashPost coverage from the COP26 U.N. climate summit

Johnson is among many world leaders and business executives who chartered planes for travel to the United Nations-backed conference, which is focused on securing commitments from heads of state to lower carbon emissions.

“Boris Johnson says he wants Britain to be a ‘world leader’ on tackling the climate crisis. He also will be flying from Glasgow to London tomorrow, one week after slashing taxes on domestic flights,” Zarah Sultana, a member of Parliament from the Labour Party, wrote on Twitter Monday.

Johnson’s spokesperson defended the move, saying that traveling by train would take too long. The rail journey takes about four to six hours, while flights between Glasgow and London last around an hour and a half.

“It is important that the Prime Minister is able to move around the country and obviously we face significant time constraints,” the spokesperson said, noting that the prime minister’s plane “is one of the most carbon-efficient planes of its size in the world.”

The plane, an Airbus A321, emits 50 percent less carbon dioxide than a Voyager plane — the type Johnson usually uses, the Guardian reported. This plane uses a blend of 35 percent sustainable aviation fuel and 65 percent normal fuel, the spokesperson said.

Prince Charles also flew from Rome to Glasgow on a private plane that used sustainable aviation fuel, a biofuel made from plants or waste. It remains significantly more expensive than conventional jet fuel.

British Airways has collaborated with oil and gas company BP to acquire sustainable aviation fuel for all of its flights between London, Glasgow and Edinburgh during the COP26 summit.

The fuel is blended with traditional fuel to comply with certifications standards, the company said, and “provides a lifecycle carbon reduction of up to 80 percent compared to traditional jet fuel.”

The airline has pledged to go carbon neutral by 2050, and aviation industry leaders insist they can make flying green. But criticisms over Johnson’s flight have revived a fraught debate about the ethics of air travel on a rapidly warming planet.

Climate activists are urging people to seek other routes. Hundreds of activists arrived in Glasgow on Saturday evening on the Rail to the COP “Climate Train” that had traveled through the Netherlands and Belgium.

Ambassadors and politicians joined them on board to discuss sustainable transportation and the fight against climate change, British media reported.

 

ATTACHMENT FIVE – From Fox News

 

JEFF BEZOS FLIES GAS-GUZZLING PRIVATE JET TO GLASGOW CLIMATE CHANGE SUMMIT

Bezos takes private jet to Glasgow, despite saying climate change is planet's 'biggest threat'

Biden appears to fall asleep during COP26 Climate Summit remarks

Kerry’s private jet emits estimated 30 times more carbon in 2021 than average vehicle does in year

By Sam Dorman

 

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos flew his private jet to Glasgow, Scotland, for a United Nations summit aimed at cutting global greenhouse gas emissions, photos obtained by Fox News reveal. 

Scores of high-rollers from around the world took private planes into Glasgow over the weekend for the COP26 summit, including Bezos, who has repeatedly claimed climate change is the "biggest threat" to the planet. 

Bezos's jet has been valued in the neighborhood of $65 million. xx

The Amazon founder also met with Charles, Prince of Wales, on Sunday to discuss the importance of fighting climate change. 

"The Prince of Wales has been involved in fighting climate change and protecting our beautiful world far longer than most," Bezos tweeted.

"We had a chance to discuss these important issues on the eve of #COP26 — looking for solutions to heal our world, and how the @BezosEarthFund can help," he added.

Critics on social media assailed summit attendees for choosing to utilize private jets for traveling to a climate event. 

Bezos is far from the only climate hawk to indulge in private airfare

President Biden's climate czar, John Kerry, has a family jet despite the fact that such planes are notoriously bad for the environment

Kerry even took a private jet to Iceland in 2019 to receive the Arctic Circle award for climate leadership. 

Kerry defended his high-pollution ride at the time, calling it "the only choice for somebody like me who is traveling the world to win this battle" in an interview obtained by Fox News.

 

ATTACHMENT SIX – From Xinhua News Agency

 

Xi address – see attachment Nine

 

ATTACHMENT SEVEN – From the New York Post

 

Glasgow climate summit is an elite farce — innovation is the solution

By Bjorn Lomborg November 1, 2021 4:23pm 

·                                 Obama calls out Russia, China over ‘lack of urgency’ at climate conference

·                                 How warming affects Arctic sea ice, polar bears

·                                 ‘Get a life’: California’s first lady rips critics of husband

·                                 Blown away: Camilla Parker Bowles can’t stop talking about Joe Biden’s ‘long fart’

At the UN Climate Summit in Glasgow (COP26), President Biden is projecting the image of a climate trailblazer: “The United States is not only back at the table, but hopefully leading by the power of our example.”

But a pledge of expensive emission cuts by American elites isn’t going to make much of a difference, particularly when neither voters back home, nor leaders of developing countries, are willing to give up cheap and reliable energy.

Historically, most climate promises have fared badly. Since negotiations started almost three decades ago, grand promises have been followed by spectacular letdowns and large emission increases. In a startlingly honest review of climate policies of the last decade, the UN Environment Program found that global emissions since 2005 were indistinguishable from business as usual. For all the last decade’s many lofty climate promises, including the Paris agreement, emissions have increased as if there is no climate policy whatsoever.

It is easy and popular for politicians to talk up the dangers of climate change and promise safety with grandiose policies for 2030 or 2050. But it is much less popular when it is time to ask voters to pay for these draconian climate policies. When French president Emmanuel Macron enacted a tiny gasoline tax, he was met with years of yellow-vest protests. In June, Swiss voters said no to a new carbon tax, and the UK government backed off on even introducing a new, costly mandate to replace gas-fired home heating.

In Glasgow, Biden has restated his goal to have the US emissions net-zero by 2050, but this will have a surprisingly small impact. Even if he managed to get the US to zero today and keep it there for the rest of the century, the standard UN climate model shows this would only reduce the temperature rise by the end of the century by 0.3°F.Yet doing so would be spectacularly costly. A new study in the journal Nature shows that reducing emissions 95 percent by 2050 — almost the President’s promise of net-zero — would cost 11.9 percent of GDP or more than $11,000 present-day dollars for each American citizen, every year.

These costs are far higher than what most people are willing to spend — in one Washington Post survey, a majority was unwilling to spend even $24 per year.

In Glasgow, there is talk of the rich world paying $750 billion each year or even $1.3 trillion. Most rich world voters simply won’t pay that kind of bill.

World leaders should dramatically ramp up investment into research and development of cheaper, low-CO energy, from fusion and fission, solar, wind and batteries to second generation biofuels and many other brilliant ideas.

Most emissions in the 21st century will come from China and India along with poor countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America. Not us?  It is important to design climate solutions that work for them. For developing countries, the current climate approach of paying large sums for achieving negligible temperature reductions in a hundred years is spectacularly unattractive. As their citizens live off as little as a few hundred dollars annually, they understandably care more about their kids surviving malaria and malnutrition. They want to escape misery, poor education and low job prospects. They care about lifting themselves and their children out of poverty with strong economic growth.

Just days before the Glasgow summit, 24 emerging economies including China and India said that the demand for them to achieve net zero by 2050 was unjust because it stopped poor countries from developing their economies. The President of Uganda put it even more bluntly: “Africans have a right to use reliable, cheap energy.”

If the rich world wants the developing world to cut their emissions, it will have to pay. As India’s Environment Secretary Rameshwar Prasad Gupta said in a stunningly honest interview: “If you want that I don’t emit carbon, then provide finance. It will be much more than $100 billion per year for developing nations.”

In Glasgow, there is talk of the rich world paying $750 billion each year or even $1.3 trillion. Most rich world voters simply won’t pay that kind of bill.

World leaders should dramatically ramp up investment into research and development of cheaper, low-CO energy, from fusion and fission, solar, wind and batteries to second generation biofuels and many other brilliant ideas.

Instead, we need a smarter way forward. We should focus on innovation to make green energy more effective. While politicians often claim green is already cheaper, they are belied by the evidence — if it was cheaper, we wouldn’t need years of haggling to get hundreds of nations to grudgingly promise more green.

World leaders should dramatically ramp up investment into research and development of cheaper, low-CO energy, from fusion and fission, solar, wind and batteries to second generation biofuels and many other brilliant ideas. Not only would it be much cheaper than current climate policies, it would also drive major breakthroughs for new, better and greener energy.

At COP26, Biden would be well-advised not to follow the decades-long tradition of empty promises with eyewatering costs and little climate benefits. Instead, he should lead the world by drastically ramping up funding for green innovation. If we can innovate the price of green energy below fossil fuels, everyone will switch.

Bjorn Lomborg is President of the Copenhagen Consensus and Visiting Fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution. His latest book is “False Alarm: How Climate Change Panic Costs Us Trillions, Hurts the Poor, and Fails to Fix the Planet.”

 

ATTACHMENT EIGHT – From Newsweek

 

 

CheetosBAD FOR AMERICA': TRUMP SAYS WORLD LEADERS 'LAUGHING' AT BIDEN' ON PRESIDENT'S EUROPE TRIP

 

BY TORIA BARNHART ON 11/1/21 AT 6:32 PM EDT

 

As President Joe Biden meets with world leaders overseas, former President Donald Trump is criticizing the administration for its handling of issues and claimed the country's reputation has never been worse.

He pointed to Biden's withdrawal from Afghanistan as the moment people around the world began noticing the negative impact of the current administration.

"It is very interesting that Afghanistan, and our horrible and incompetent withdrawal, losing soldiers and leaving $Billions of military equipment, was when people really began to realize how horrible this Socialism/Communism direction for America has become," the statement said.

The Republican's comments come after Biden apologized to world leaders for the Trump administration pulling the United States out of the Paris climate agreement.

"I guess I shouldn't apologize, but I do apologize for the fact that the United States under the last administration pulled out of the Paris accord," the Democratic president said on Monday. He added, "It sort of put us behind the eight ball a bit."

Today, I’m in Glasgow to kick off COP26. Climate change is the challenge of our collective lifetimes — the existential threat to human existence as we know it. And every day we delay, the cost of inaction increases.

Let this be the moment that we answer history’s call.

— President Biden (@POTUS) November 1, 2021

 

Biden's apology followed his call for unified and transformative action in handling the "existential threat" of climate change at the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference.

"And every day we delay, the cost of inaction increases. So let this be the moment that we answer history's call here in Glasgow. Let this be the start of a decade of transformative action that preserves our planet and raises the quality of life for people everywhere," the president said in his speech.

Trump chose to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement because he believed it "disadvantages the United States to the exclusive benefit of other countries." For a time, America was the only country that wasn't part of the agreement.

Soon after taking office in January, Biden reversed the decision and moved to have the U.S. re-enter the Paris climate accord.

And after news broke that the Democrat would be moving into the White House, NBC News Chief Foreign Correspondent Richard Engel reported, "As the results came through tonight, I started to watch the reaction coming in around the world, and people were reacting like the United States had overthrown a dictator, that democracy has been saved, that America's reputation had been saved."

While Trump believes world leaders are laughing at Biden as his approval ratings continue to drop, some media outlets like The Washington Post and MSNBC have reported that officials in Europe are actually more concerned about the former president's return.

"After four years with Trump, the world is very, very curious whether this is a lasting new direction of American politics or we could risk a return to Trumpism in 2024," Anders Fogh Rasmussen, a former Danish prime minister who served as NATO secretary-general told The Post. "It will be an uphill effort for Biden to convince his allies and partners that he has changed American attitudes profoundly."

 

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TRUMP SLAMS BIDEN FOR APPEARING TO FALL ASLEEP DURING CLIMATE SUMMIT SPEECHES IN GLASGOW

BY AILA SLISCO ON 11/1/21 AT 8:09 PM EDT

Former President Donald Trump accused President Joe Biden of not caring about "the Global Warming Hoax" after a video appeared to show the president nodding off during a United Nations climate change summit on Monday.

Trump issued a statement blasting Biden shortly after video emerged that appeared to show the president closing his eyes for a total of around 30 seconds while watching the summit, also known as COP26, in Glasgow, Scotland. The former president insisted that Biden "fell asleep" because he could not bear to hear more about global warming. Trump also took the opportunity to mention a series of other grievances that he has claimed are hoaxes.

"Even Biden couldn't stand hearing so much about the Global Warming Hoax, the 7th biggest Hoax in America, followed closely behind by the 2020 Presidential Election Scam, Russia, Russia, Russia, Ukraine, Ukraine, Ukraine, Impeachment Hoax #1, Impeachment Hoax #2 and, of course, the 'No Collusion' finding of the Mueller Report," Trump said.

"Biden went to Europe saying Global Warming is his highest priority, and then promptly fell asleep, for all the world to see, at the Conference itself," he added. "Nobody that has true enthusiasm and belief in a subject will ever fall asleep!"

In video recorded at the conference, Biden can be seen sitting in the audience and clearly closing his eyes for seven seconds before opening them briefly and closing them again. His eyes stay closed for another 22 seconds and open again when a staffer approaches him and appears to speak. It is not clear whether he actually fell asleep at any point.

Biden also spoke at the summit and slammed Trump's leadership, apologizing for "the last administration" putting efforts to combat climate change "behind the eight ball a little bit" by pulling out of the Paris climate accord. The president vowed that his administration would take a different approach and not "condemn future generations to suffering."

Scientists with climate expertise nearly uniformly disagree with Trump's evidence-free assertion that global warming is a hoax. In fact, as evidence for climate change has mounted and extreme weather events have become more commonplace over the years, the scientific consensus has only strengthened.

Although there was some significant disagreement on the issue decades ago, a study published last month found that well over 99 percent of climate scientists agree that global warming is a reality and is caused by the activity of humans, while a study published in 2019 put the figure at 100 percent.

Trump's loss in the 2020 election was also genuine, despite the ex-president's repeated false claims that he "won in a landslide." Biden defeated Trump by over 7 million votes nationally and by 74 votes in the crucial Electoral College, with no