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UN requires gas to cost more than $60 per liter

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Katowice, Poland – December 3, 2018

Today in the grandeur of the International Congress Centre in Katowice, Poland, the UN climate change conference is getting under way. For 24 years the annual UN climate conference has served up a reliable diet of rhetoric, backroom talks and dramatic last-minute deals aimed at halting global warming.

But this year’s will be a grimmer affair – by far. As recent reports have made clear, the world may no longer be hovering at the edge of destruction but has probably staggered beyond a crucial point of no return. Climate catastrophe is now looking inevitable. In a special report, the international group of experts proposes to radically limit the use of fossil fuels — coal, oil and gas. 

The authors of the document — 90 scientists from forty countries — report that since the beginning of the industrial era, that is, over the past half century, the average annual temperature on the planet has increased by one degree.

"The consequence of this has become increasingly frequent weather disasters, as well as the melting of Arctic ice, which increases the level of the world ocean,” stated in the report.

According to UN experts, by the end of this century the temperature will increase by another degree. That was not at all desirable and humanity is obliged at all costs to stop global warming at around one and a half degrees above the pre-industrial level.

In particular, climatologists promise that with an increase in global temperature by one and a half degrees by 2100, the level of the world's oceans will not increase so much: ten centimeters less than with warming by two degrees. And the number of corals will be reduced by only 70-90%, while warming by two degrees would destroy more than 99% of living reefs.

All the actions taken so far have been ineffective, the report said. And it is unfortunately true. 

According to the UN report that was provided last week, all attempts to ensure fossil fuel emissions peak by 2020 will fail. Indeed the target will not even be reached by 2030. Another, by the World Meteorological Organization, said the past four years had been the warmest on record and warned that global temperatures could easily rise by 3-5° C by 2100, well above that sought-after goal of 1.5° C. The UK will not be exempt either. The Met Office said summer temperatures could now be 5.4C hotter by 2070.

At the same time, prospects of reaching global deals to halt emissions have been weakened by the spread of right-wing populism. Not much to smile about in Katowice.

Only "broad and radical changes" in the world economy can prevent a climate catastrophe, the IPCC report emphasizes.

To achieve this goal, the members of the intergovernmental group of experts propose a number of non-trivial measures aimed at the complete abandonment of fossil fuels-oil, gas and coal. First of all, in their opinion, it is necessary to stop using energy coal.

According to the International Energy Agency, today in the world there are about 10,000 coal-fired power plants with a capacity of more than 30 MW each; they produce more than 40% of all electricity. It turns out that in order to meet the requirements of UN experts, it is necessary to close on average one station daily.

It should be noted that coal is considered the cheapest fuel for electricity generation, which, in fact, explains the abundance of coal-fired power plants. Switching to other fuels or ways of generating electricity will inevitably hit consumers’ pockets.

But the rejection of coal energy is not the most odious proposal of UN experts. They also want to drastically reduce their gasoline and diesel consumption. And for this offer draconian environmental taxes.

The UN wants all countries to introduce an environmental tax of $5,500 per ton of carbon dioxide by 2030, which means about $13 per liter of gasoline or diesel. By 2100, the tax is proposed to increase five times - up to $65 per liter of fuel ($27,000 per ton of carbon dioxide).

According to the portal Globalpetroltprices, the average price of gasoline in the world is now $1.10 per liter, diesel - $1.05. Thus, UN experts demand to increase the cost of fuel 12 times over the next 12 years and more than 60 times by the end of the century.

The idea of introducing an environmental tax, to put it mildly, is unpopular with the people. The perfect demonstration of this isthe riots in France, which have been going on for three weeks now.

According to the latest data, more than 200,000 people across the country took part in demonstrations against the increase in fuel prices due to the environmental tax. In clashes with the police, two were killed and more than a hundred were injured.

The explanations from the authorities that the increase in the cost of fuel is a payment for an environmentally friendly future, that the money they plan to spend on renewable energy and that France will reduce its dependence on oil, do not resonate with the protesters.

The most remarkable thing is that on the verge of civil war, France was set for a purely symbolic rise in fuel prices. Gasoline prices in the country from January 1 should increase by 2.9 Euro cents, diesel - 6.5 Euro cents per liter at today's price of 1.46 euros per liter.

That is, we are talking about raising prices from 2% to 4.5%, for which French President Emmanuel Macron has already endured a drop in his ratings, from 40% in July to an anti-record of 20~%. It’s easy to imagine what would happen to the career of a politician who would seriously talk about multiple increases in gasoline prices for the sake of combating global warming.

It’s no coincidence that Donald Trump said this week that he does not believe the conclusions of the report on the negative consequences of global warming for the American economy. The paper, presented by scientists from 13 US ministries and agencies, in particular, argues that climate change could cost the US 10% of its GDP by the end of the century.

And it’s only politicians who refuse to believe in the apocalyptic prophecies of the environmentalists. Many so-called independent experts believe that large corporations and the government find it profitable to scare people with tales of global warming because today they have created a huge market for environmental equipment, trying to recoup investments in maximum profit. Although it’s clear for most that these national programs and international efforts in the form in which they exist are useless, this narrative persists. We can’t go back to normal conditions because the changes that are happening are far beyond our control.

Author: USA Really