#1 UN Climate Chief: We Are Remaking The World Economy by FWP 10.02.2015 17:18

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UN Climate Chief: We Are Remaking The World Economy

by Michael Bastasch, Contributor
The United Nation’s climate chief says that reordering the global economy to fight climate change is the “most difficult” task the international body has ever undertaken.

“This is probably the most difficult task we have ever given ourselves, which is to intentionally transform the economic development model, for the first time in human history,” Christiana Figueres, who heads up the U.N.’s Framework Convention on Climate Change, told reporters.

“This is the first time in the history of mankind that we are setting ourselves the task of intentionally, within a defined period of time, to change the economic development model that has been reigning for the, at least, 150 years, since the industrial revolution,” Figueres said.

Figueres’s remarks come ahead of a meeting in Geneva next week where delegates will pour over draft treaty texts that the U.N. hopes countries will agree to in December. She doesn’t expect global warming to be solved by one treaty, but was optimistic in will be solved in the coming years.

“That will not happen overnight and it will not happen at a single conference on climate change, be it COP 15, 21, 40 – you choose the number,” she said. “It just does not occur like that. It is a process, because of the depth of the transformation.”

The climate chief even held up President Obama as a shining example of steps countries can take to tackle global warming.

“The international community is quite grateful for the fact that in his second term, President Obama has turned his attention quite clearly and quite decisively to climate change,” Figueres told reporters.

“He has not only spoken about his commitment both to his national agenda on climate change, but also to the international process, and has been quite clear in his political leadership,” Figueres said, touting the EPA’s success cutting carbon dioxide emissions from power plants.

The EPA will finalize rules to cut carbon emissions from new and existing power plants this summer. Critics of these rules say they will hurt the economy through job losses and higher energy prices. Supporters, however, say it will spur green energy development and set an example for other countries to follow.

Obama’s 2016 budget proposal boosts EPA funding to help it finalize emissions rules for power plants. The budget would also give the EPA $4 billion to reward states that reduce emissions even more than federal mandates require.

Figueres also cheered Obama’s agreement with China to reduce carbon emissions by 2030 and to give the U.N.’s climate fund a $3 billion boost.

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#2 RE: UN Climate Chief: We Are Remaking The World Economy by algernonpj 10.02.2015 20:02

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It's so comforting to know that the future of our environment an economy is being guided by someone in the UN who admires Red China and will put our $$$$$ to such good use. :


Biggest Emitter China Best on Climate, Figueres Says
by Sangwon Yoon
4:50 PM EST January 14, 2014

Jan. 14 (Bloomberg) -- China, the top emitter of greenhouse gases, is also the country that’s “doing it right” when it comes to addressing global warming, the United Nations’ chief climate official said.

The nation has some of the toughest energy-efficiency standards for buildings and transportation and its support for photovoltaic technology helped reduce solar-panel costs by 80 percent since 2008, Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, said yesterday in an interview at Bloomberg News headquarters in New York.

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China is also able to implement policies because its political system avoids some of the legislative hurdles seen in countries including the U.S., Figueres said.

Key policies, reforms and appointments are decided at plenums, or meeting of the governing Communist Party’s more than 200-strong Central Committee. The National People’s Congress, China’s unicameral legislature, largely enforces decisions made by the party and other executive organs.

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http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2...e-figueres-says

#3 RE: UN Climate Chief: We Are Remaking The World Economy by Frank Cannon 10.02.2015 20:18

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World economies will have collapsed due to international QE* before these clowns have a shot at destroying anything.

*See Greece.

#4 RE: UN Climate Chief: We Are Remaking The World Economy by algernonpj 11.02.2015 17:29

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Quote: Frank Cannon wrote in post #3
World economies will have collapsed due to international QE* before these clowns have a shot at destroying anything.

*See Greece.


Here's hoping...... Thus far they've been pretty creative about keeping QE∞ going and destroying our wealth creation capacity.

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