At the Climate Conference in Poland—Reality Struck



By Sigrid Weidenweber

“Reality has a way of fighting back. Ask Emmanuel Macron,” so says Rupert Darwall in the December 19, 2018 Wall Street Journal. He reports from Katowice, Poland, a once German town called Kattowitz in Oberschlesien (Upper Silesia), where many of my family clan once resided. The climate talks ended Saturday before that date and, as Darwall reports, previous euphoria has been replaced by depression as reality has to be faced that the United Nations climate process is losing its battle with reality. He notes that the UN agreements, meant to instill behavioral changes in the world’s populations, “had little relevance to developments in the world.”

The United Nation’s scenario to limit warming of the planet to 2.7 degrees Fahrenheit was based on zero coal consumption on the planet by 2050. That, however, is fallacious thinking, for it was revealed at conference side-events that the use of coal will expand. Turkey plans to open 80 new power plants to double its coal capacity, thereby freeing itself of energy imports.

Chinese provinces lobby for more coal use—Beijing invests abroad in coal ventures. Japan, South Korea, Australia and Poland all have declared to use more coal in power production.

Ottmar Edenhofer, chief economist at the German Pottsdamer Institute, stated that zero interest rates act as an artificial stimulus to capital investment into renewable energy, which is much more capital-intensive than gas and coal. Also, there is an oversupply of fossil fuels. As interest rates rise, the heavily subsidized renewable industry cannot compete without supplemental funding—it is a classic mal-investment.

“Carbon pricing,” has been exposed as French President Emmanuel Macron’s “Carbon tax folly,” as his huge defeat at the hands of the gilets jaunes, the working French men so vividly shows.

UN delegates must learn to live in the real world.

Sigrid Weidenweber

Sigrid Weidenweber grew up in communist East Berlin, escaping it using a French passport. Ms. Weidenweber holds a degree in medical technology as well as psychology and has course work in Anthropology.  She is co-founder of Aid for Afghans.  Weidenweber has traveled the world and lived with Pakistani Muslims, learning about the culture and religion. She is a published author and lecturer. You can find her books on

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