Millions of people have been affected by extraordinary weather events in 2022. The effects of climate change are compounding, but political leaders and industrialists use misinformation and outright lies to resist science and accelerate production of fossil fuels.
Countries climate pledges built on flawed data, Washington Post, November 2021:
Across the world, many countries underreport their greenhouse gas emissions in their reports to the United Nations, a Washington Post investigation has found. An examination of 196 country reports reveals a giant gap between what nations declare their emissions to be vs. the greenhouse gases they are sending into the atmosphere...
The plan to save the world from the worst of climate change is built on data. But the data the world is relying on is inaccurate...
Washington Post researchers blame flawed data on “questionably drawn rules, incomplete reporting in some countries and apparently willful mistakes in others.” Estimates are often based on expected outcomes, not on real world measurements. Industries and governments know it is useful to minimize reporting of climate changing emissions.
A 2020 paper using satellite examinations of a prolific oil-producing region was published in the journal Science Advances. It reported methane emissions from production in the Permian Basin were more than two times higher than estimated. This is a critical difference because methane has more than 80 times the warming power of carbon dioxide over the first 20 years after it reaches the atmosphere
Even while underreporting GHG emissions, developed countries still miss targets they establish. Canada is no exception.
Since 1990, this country has had nine climate plans and failed to meet targets established in every plan. Independent Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development Jerry DeMarco said:
Canada has become the worst performer of all G7 nations since the landmark Paris Agreement on climate change was adopted in 2015... We can’t continue to go from failure to failure. We need action and results, not just more targets and plans.
British Columbia is no better than other provinces that put Canadians among the highest per capita contributors of dangerous emissions.
The Climate Change Accountability Act requires the BC government to publish annual reports on how it plans to make progress towards all its climate targets. The 2021 report falls woefully short, by failing to include a plan for the 2025, 2040 and 2050 climate targets. It also omits the government’s plan to cut carbon pollution from the oil and gas sector, which could rapidly grow in coming years – fueled largely by the B.C. government’s support for fracked gas.ecojustice
The UN Emissions Gap Report found that commitments made by G20 members that account for almost 80% of GHG emissions fail set those countries on a clear path towards net zero. Net zero is another fanciful target to be missed, but the concept keeps spin doctors busy and many citizens complacent.
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