Anyone who has read this blog even infrequently will know I am firmly against fracking so to say I am relieved at today’s statement by Paul Wheelhouse in Holyrood is an understatement. It is great to have some good news after what has been a dreadful few days.
Trump has pulled out of the Paris Accord, which is is an agreement within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to deal with greenhouse gas emissions mitigation, adaptation and finance. It aims to keep global temperatures “well below” the level of 2C above pre-industrial times and “endeavour to limit” them even more, to 1.5C.
195 UNFCCC members have signed the agreement, 148 of which have ratified it. By October 2016 there were enough countries that produce enough of the world’s greenhouse gases for the agreement to enter into force with it going into effect on 4 November 2016.
But now the US – the world’s second largest producer of greenhouse gases has withdrawn. It has been estimated that this could add up to 3bn tonnes of extra carbon dioxide to the atmosphere every year, by itself raising the global temperature by 0.1-0.3C by the end of the century.
European leaders have already condemned this move, well apart from one obvious exception. Yes you’ve guessed it. Theresa May when asked responded
It’s up to the President of the United States to decide what position the United States is going to take on this matter.
Grow. A. Fucking. Backbone. Woman!
Just for once stand up for the right thing
Except who are we kidding.
This is the party of fracking, fox-hunting, ivory trade, these are the people who post-Brexit will eradicate our environmental protections. Who needs fresh water, clean beaches, crops not sprayed with neonicotinoids – bees, what good are they anyway?
If you are about your environment (and your health service, the disabled, the ill, the elderly, young people) don’t vote for these wankers.
Don’t worry I’m not doing another post about the increasing xenophobia in our politics. No, it’s one of my other bugbears; Fracking and Underground Coal Gasification.
When you vote Tory.
This started as a full on rant, but to be honest it depresses me that people keep voting for them. Even looking at the dire alternatives available there is always a better choice.
Just over a week to go until the EU referendum.
This isn’t fun like ours was. IndyRef to me was the choice between “What if?” and the status quo, whereas this seems to be two slightly different versions of a distopian future neither of which I’d willingly choose.
You may have noticed I was a bit cross Monday night. Possibly a slightly swearier rant than normal – I’d even said to a friend I didn’t think it was that good a post.
I guess it hit my little corner of social media at the right time because instead of my usual number of readers – you are mad and I’m so very grateful and amazed you put up with my wittering – this one went off like a rocket.