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The world’s wealthiest large democracies issued a joint communiqué that stressed the need for drastic action to end the pandemic and counter China. President Biden then had tea with Queen Elizabeth and said the monarch reminded him of his mother.

G7 leaders come together on a global minimum tax and democratic ideals.



G7 Initiatives Aim to Counter China’s Influence, Biden Says

After the Group of 7 summit ended in England on Sunday, President Biden told reporters that global initiatives, like infrastructure investments, by G7 countries would promote democratic values and offset China’s growing influence.

We’ve just wrapped up what has been an extraordinary collaborative and productive meeting of the G7. Everyone at the table understood and understands both the seriousness and the challenges that we are up against, and the responsibility of our proud democracies to step up and deliver for the rest of the world. Ending the pandemic and maintaining robust support for an equitable, inclusive global economic recovery were the top priorities of our nations as we got together. We know we can’t achieve one without the other. That is, we have to deal with the pandemic in order to be able to deal with economic recovery. Critically, the G7 leaders endorsed a global minimum tax of 15 percent. Because too many corporations have been engaged in what are essentially tax havens, deciding that they would pay considerably less in other environs around the world. We also made a momentous commitment at the G7 to help meet more than a $40 trillion need to exist for infrastructure in the developing world. China has its Belt and Road initiative, and we think that there’s a much more equitable way to provide for the needs of countries around the world. And so it’s a values driven, high standard, transparent financing mechanism we’re going to provide, and support projects in four key areas: climate, health, digital technology and gender equity. And we believe that will not only be good for the countries, but be good for the entire world. It would represent values that our democracies represent, and not the autocratic lack of values.

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After the Group of 7 summit ended in England on Sunday, President Biden told reporters that global initiatives, like infrastructure investments, by G7 countries would promote democratic values and offset China’s growing influence.CreditCredit…Doug Mills/The New York Times

As the leaders of the world’s wealthiest nations wrapped up their first in-person summit since the outbreak of the pandemic, they released a joint communiqué on Sunday, underscoring areas of solidarity — and the differences that remain — when it comes to tackling a host of global crises.

The group, including President Biden, did not reach agreement on a timeline to eliminate the use of coal for generating electric power, a failure that climate activists said was a deep disappointment ahead of a global climate conference later this year.

The leaders sought to present a united front even as it remained to be seen how the plans would be executed.

The agreement represented a dramatic return of America’s postwar international diplomacy, and Mr. Biden said it was evidence of the strength of the world’s democracies in tackling hard problems.

Speaking to reporters after the summit, Mr. Biden said the leaders’ endorsement of a global minimum tax would help ensure global equity and a proposal to finance infrastructure projects in the developing world would counter the influence of China, providing what he said was a “democratic alternative.”

Those initiatives, he said, would promote democratic values and not an “autocratic lack of values.”

“Everyone at the table understood and understands both the seriousness and the challenges that we are up against and the responsibility of our proud democracies to step up and deliver to the rest of the world,” Mr. Biden said.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson of Britain, who hosted the summit, said that the gathering was an opportunity to demonstrate “the benefits of democracy.”

That would start, he said, with agreements to speed up the effort to vaccinate the world, which he called “the greatest feat in medical history.”

Asked about the failure to go further on climate policy by setting firm timelines, Mr. Johnson said that the general criticism was misplaced and failed to take into account the full scope of what was achieved during the summit.

“I think it has been a highly productive few days,” he said.

Mr. Biden hoped to use his first trip abroad to show that democracy, as a system of government, remained capable of addressing the world’s most pressing challenges.

The communiqué issued on Sunday fleshed out some of the proposals that have dominated the summit and was explicit in the need to counter the rise of China.

“Three years ago, China wasn’t even mentioned in the G7 communiqué,” according to an administration official who briefed reporters on its contents. “This year, there is a section on China that speaks to the importance of coordinating on and responding to China’s nonmarket economic practices and the need to speak out against human rights abuses, including in Xinjiang and Hong Kong.”

The communiqué promised “action against forced labor practices in the agricultural, solar, and garment sectors.”

It also noted the need for “supply chain resilience and technology standards so that democracies are aligned and supporting each other.”

At the same time, the nations agreed to an overhaul of international tax laws, unveiling a broad agreement that aims to stop large multinational companies from seeking out tax havens.

The administration official called it a “historic endorsement to end the race to the bottom in corporate taxation with a global minimum tax that will help fund domestic renewal and grow the middle class.”

But for all the good will and declarations of unity, there were questions about how the proposals would be translated into real-world action.

For instance, on the tax laws, a number of hurdles have yet to be overcome.

The biggest obstacle to getting a deal finished could come from the United States. The Biden administration must win approval from a narrowly divided Congress to make changes to the tax code, and Republicans have shown resistance to Mr. Biden’s plans.

President Biden says Queen Elizabeth reminds him of his mother.



‘She Reminded Me of My Mother,’ Biden Says of Queen Elizabeth II

After President Biden and the first lady, Jill Biden, met with Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle on Sunday, Mr. Biden told reporters that the queen was “very gracious” and reminded him of his mother.

We had a long talk and she was very generous, very — I don’t think she’d be insulted, but she reminded me of my mother in terms of the look of her and just the generosity. And I said, you know, ‘Ma’am, this is, you know, it’s a long time.’ She said, ‘Oh, no.’ I said, ‘I wish we could stay longer. Maybe we can hold the cars up a minute.’ Anyway, she was very gracious. Reporter: “What is the – what is the castle like? Americans never go there. What is that?” Oh by the way, she said — I said, ‘We could fit the White House in the courtyard.’ And she said, ‘What’s it like in the White House?’ I said, ‘Well, it’s magnificent, but it’s a lot of people.’ She said, ‘I know.’ She said, ‘Here..,’ She said, ‘On this end, where we’re going is private. The public can go in the other end.’ So anyway, she was very gracious. Reporter: “Did you invite her to the White House?” Yes.

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After President Biden and the first lady, Jill Biden, met with Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle on Sunday, Mr. Biden told reporters that the queen was “very gracious” and reminded him of his mother.CreditCredit…Alberto Pezzali/Associated Press

President Biden called Queen Elizabeth “extremely gracious” and said she reminded him of his mother after a meeting at Windsor Castle on Sunday.

“She reminded me of my mother in terms of the look of her and just the generosity,” he said, adding that he didn’t think “she would be insulted” by the comparison.

The two traded stories of living in Windsor Castle and the White House and dealing with visits from the public, and they enjoyed tea with the first lady, Dr. Jill Biden.

Mr. Biden said the queen asked about China’s leader, Xi Jinping, and President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia. Mr. Biden is meeting with Mr. Putin on Wednesday and wrapped up the Group of 7 meeting on Sunday by cautioning against the growing influence of China.

Before tea, Mr. Biden and the queen inspected an honor guard of grenadiers in the castle’s sun-splashed quadrangle. The queen has sought refuge at Windsor since abandoning Buckingham Palace early last year as the coronavirus pandemic was bearing down on Britain.

It was Mr. Biden’s last meeting before he left for Brussels, the next stop in his European tour. And it was a gentle coda to a visit that featured an ice-breaking meeting with Prime Minister Boris Johnson, whose pro-Brexit government was once seen as more ideologically in sync with Mr. Biden’s predecessor, Donald J. Trump.

Mr. Johnson praised Mr. Biden as a “breath of fresh air” and said he and the president were “completely on the same page” on issues like climate change and education for women and girls.

Still, on every presidential visit to Britain, it is the meeting with the queen that most symbolizes what diplomats on both sides still reflexively call the two nations’ “special relationship” — a term Mr. Johnson recently said he did not care for because it made Britain sound needy.

It was the second visit this weekend for the Bidens and the queen. On Friday, in Cornwall, England, the queen joked with the Group of 7 leaders during a summit photo and cut a cake with a sword.

Mr. Biden had met the queen before this weekend but not since 1982, when he was a senator on a trip sponsored by the British-American Parliamentary Group, which promotes relations between Parliament and Congress.

After nearly seven decades on the throne, the queen has met every American president since Harry S. Truman, except for Lyndon B. Johnson.

A unified front against threats by China and Russia becomes a priority of the G7 leaders.

President Biden at a news conference before leaving the Group of 7 summit in Cornwall, England, on Sunday.
Credit…Doug Mills/The New York Times

President Biden emphasized the need to provide a “democratic alternative” to the rising influence of China and committed to challenging President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia, speaking at a news briefing with reporters on Sunday that capped a summit of the world’s wealthiest nations.

During the first in-person summit since the outbreak of the pandemic, the leaders of the seven nations tried to present a united front against global threats, issuing a joint communiqué pledging to tackle the pandemic and defend human rights, specifically in Hong Kong and Xinjiang, China.

Mr. Biden told reporters after the meeting that he was “satisfied” with how the joint statement addressed China.

“I think China has to start to act more responsibly in terms of international norms on human rights and transparency,” Mr. Biden said. “Transparency matters across the board.”

In the statement, the seven leaders also described the importance of investigating the origins of the coronavirus pandemic in China. Mr. Biden, noting that he has not reached a conclusion on the origin of the outbreak, told reporters such a study would require access from China.

Mr. Biden emphasized the need to have an alternative to China’s Belt and Road Initiative, President Xi Jinping’s overseas lending and investment push, which has now spread across Africa, Latin America and into Europe. Mr. Biden said such a plan would need to prioritize “high standards for climate-friendly, transparent alternatives to the Belt and Road Initiative.”

It is far from clear how the wealthy democracies will be able to muster a comprehensive response. The plan appeared to stitch together existing projects in the United States, Europe and Japan, along with an encouragement of private financing.

China downplayed the summit’s actions. “The days when global decisions were dictated by a small group of countries are long gone,” a spokesman for the Chinese Embassy in London said in a statement.

Noting Russia’s interference in U.S. elections, Mr. Biden said relations with Moscow were at a “low point” and committed to being “very straightforward” with Mr. Putin on his concerns during their planned meeting on Wednesday in Geneva.

But he also raised areas for potential compromise, including providing food and humanitarian assistance to people in Syria.

“Russia has engaged in activities which we believe are contrary to international norms, but they have also bitten off some real problems they’re going to have trouble chewing on,” Mr. Biden said.

He also indicated he was open to Mr. Putin’s proposal to extradite Russian cybercriminals to the United States, on the condition that the Biden administration do the same.

Mr. Biden said that if there are those who have committed crimes against Russia, “I’m committed to holding them accountable.”

“I think that’s potentially a good sign of progress,” Mr. Biden said.

China warns that a ‘small’ bloc of nations does not dictate global policy.

The National People’s Congress in Beijing, in March. The G7 leaders want to offer an alternative to the Belt and Road Initiative, a flagship of Chinese foreign policy.
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In ways both spoken and unspoken, one nation not present at the meeting of industrial powers has loomed larger than any other: China.

And China, through its embassy in London, offered a warning to the Group of 7.

“The days when global decisions were dictated by a small group of countries are long gone,” a spokesman for the Chinese Embassy in London said in a statement.

President Biden has made challenging China the centerpiece of a foreign policy designed to build up democracies around the world as a bulwark against creeping authoritarianism.

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken, who is traveling here with Mr. Biden, told his Chinese counterpart in a phone call that the United States would actively oppose “ongoing genocide and ethnic cleansing” against Muslims in Xinjiang, in China’s far western territory, and “the deterioration of democratic norms” in Hong Kong. European leaders have largely avoided that terminology.

Throughout the G7 meeting, how to counter China’s growing economic and security influence has been a central theme.

But even as the United States and its allies pressed China on human rights and outlined policies clearly aimed at stemming Chinese influence, the country’s cooperation is also essential in combating climate change, a major focus of the summit.

Beijing, for its part, has pointed to the poor U.S. response to the pandemic and America’s divisive domestic politics as signs that democracy is failing.

The embassy spokesman condemned “pseudo-multilateralism serving the interests of a small clique or political bloc.”

After the G7 leaders outlined plans to offer developing nations hundreds of billions of dollars in financing as an alternative to relying on Beijing’s Belt and Road Initiative, the spokesman condemned “those fanning confrontation.”

“Ganging up, pursuing bloc politics and forming small cliques are unpopular and doomed to fail,” the spokesman said.

G7 powers fail to agree on firm date to stop burning coal.

The Jänschwalde coal power station in Germany. Coal use is one of the biggest contributors to climate change.
Credit…Gordon Welters for The New York Times

President Biden, who pledged to lead the world in tackling climate change, failed along with the leaders of the world’s other wealthiest nations to set a firm end date on the use of coal, the burning of which is one of the biggest contributors to global warming.

The Group of 7 did promise to end by 2022 international funding for coal projects that do not include technology to capture and store carbon dioxide emissions, promised to achieve an “overwhelmingly decarbonized” electricity sector by the end of the decade, and said they would deliver $2 billion to help nations pivot away from fossil fuels, major steps in what leaders hope will be a global transition to wind, solar and other energy that does not produce planet-warming carbon dioxide emissions.

But energy experts said the inability of the G7 nations, which together produce about a quarter of the world’s climate pollution, to agree on a specific end date on the use of coal in their home countries weakens the ability of those same nations to lean on China to curb its own coal use.

At the same time, leaders also agreed to raise their contributions and meet an overdue pledge of mobilizing $100 billion a year to help poorer countries cut emissions and cope with the consequences of climate change.

Firm dollar figures, however, were not on the table.

“It’s very disappointing,” said Jennifer Morgan, executive director of Greenpeace International. “This was a moment when the G7 could have shown historic leadership, and instead they left a massive void.”

She said the United States in particular had a chance to lead countries in stronger language pivoting away from fossil fuels this decade. But, she said, of the Biden administration, “It doesn’t seem like they were the ambition setters at this G7.”

Diplomats and leading advocates of action against climate change called the overall climate package a mixed bag. Laurence Tubiana, chief executive of the European Climate Foundation, who served as France’s chief climate ambassador during the 2015 Paris negotiations, said she was pleased that nations would end international coal financing.

“That leaves China to decide now if they want to still be the backers of coal globally because they will be the only one,” she said. But she called the financing package for vulnerable countries lacking. “In the face of the perfect storm of planetary crises — climate, Covid, injustice and ecosystem collapse — the world’s richest democracies have responded with a plan to make a plan, not yet a plan of action,” she said.

In a video message to the leaders on Sunday as they met to discuss climate issues, the naturalist Sir David Attenborough said the decisions the richest nations are making today were “the most important in human history.”

“The natural world today is greatly diminished,” he said. “Our climate is warming fast. That is beyond doubt. Our societies and nations are unequal and that is sadly plain to see.”

Only the most urgent action, he said, could stave off catastrophe.

“We have the skills to address climate change in time,” he said. “All we need is the global will to do so.”

In pictures: Queen Elizabeth II’s meetings with U.S. presidents.

Global summit marks a return of international diplomacy.

President Biden and his French counterpart, Emmanuel Macron, at the final session of the G7 summit in Cornwall, England, on Sunday.
Credit…Doug Mills/The New York Times

There was a promise of a comprehensive effort to bring the pandemic to and end. And discussion about how to address President Biden’s call to counter China’s growing influence. And hours of negotiations between leaders of the world’s wealthiest democracies on how to confront the global threat posed by climate change.

While it remains to be seen what comes of the sweeping promises and grand ambitions laid out during the summit of the Group of 7 industrialized nations, the gathering on the Cornish coast marked a dramatic return of international diplomacy.

“It is great to have a U.S. president who’s part of the club and very willing to cooperate,” President Emmanuel Macron of France said after meeting Mr. Biden. “What you demonstrate is that leadership is partnership.”



Macron Says U.S. Is ‘Definitely’ Back, as Biden Repairs Ties With Europe

While posing for photos with President Biden at the G7 meeting in England on Saturday, President Emmanuel Macron of France confidently told reporters that he agreed with Mr. Biden that the United States was back as a global ally.

“We have to deal with this pandemic and Covid-19. We have to face a lot of changes, a lot of crisis, climate change. And for all these issues, what we need is cooperation, and I think it’s great to have a U.S. president part of the club and very willing to cooperate. And I think that what you demonstrate is that leadership is partnership. And we do appreciate it. And I think we can deliver great things with that.” “I think we can do a lot, too. The United States, I’ve said before, we’re back. The U.S. is back. We feel very, very strongly about the cohesion of NATO. And I, for one, think that the European Union is an incredibly strong and vibrant entity. Reporter to Biden: “Have you convinced allies that America is back?” “Ask him.” Reporter to Macron: “Is America is back?” “Yeah, definitely.”

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While posing for photos with President Biden at the G7 meeting in England on Saturday, President Emmanuel Macron of France confidently told reporters that he agreed with Mr. Biden that the United States was back as a global ally.CreditCredit…Doug Mills/The New York Times

Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany, speaking to reporters at the end of the summit, noted the return of a more traditional American foreign policy after four years of President Donald J. Trump’s disregard for international alliances.

“Joe Biden being elected to the White House doesn’t mean the world doesn’t have any problems any more,” she said. “But we can now look for solutions to these problems with more zest, and I think that it was great that, at this G7, we were able to make things more concrete.”

As if to underscore the evolving nature of the challenges facing the leaders as they gathered in person for the first time since the start of the pandemic, all internet and Wi-Fi links around the room where the they met on Saturday were cut off out of concern about pervasive surveillance.

After wrapping up his visit to Britain, Mr. Biden will travel to Brussels on Sunday for a NATO summit where some of the issues raised at the G7 meeting will be on the agenda once again, but viewed through the lens of the collective defense of the alliance — including dealing with emerging technological threats.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said in advance of the meeting that he expected a new cyber defense policy. “It will recognize that cyberspace is contested at all times,” he said.

After the NATO summit, Mr. Biden will meet with leaders of the European Union before he sits down on Wednesday with President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia.

One of the animating themes of Mr. Biden’s foreign policy has been that the United States and its allies are engaged in an existential battle between democracy and autocracy — and that democracies must prove they can meet the challenges of the moment.

The president began his trip on Wednesday by telling American troops in Britain that the future of the world depends on restoring the longstanding alliances with European countries that had been “hardened in the fire of war” and built by “generations of Americans.”

Speaking at R.A.F. Mildenhall, he vowed to stand up to adversaries like China and Russia, pledging to to tell Mr. Putin “what I want him to know.”

The ‘sausage wars’ flare again between Britain and the E.U.

Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson and France’s President Emmanuel Macron at the start of the G7 summit in Carbis Bay, Cornwall.
Credit…Ludovic Marin/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

The “sausage wars” between Britain and the European Union escalated on Sunday when a senior British official accused the bloc’s leaders of holding “offensive” views about the status of Northern Ireland.

The comments by Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab followed a report in the British newspaper The Sunday Telegraph that President Emmanuel Macron of France had suggested that Northern Ireland was not part of the same country as mainland Britain.

That version of events was disputed by Mr. Macron’s office, though it did not deny that he had discussed the status of Northern Ireland with the British prime minister, Boris Johnson, at the Group of 7 summit in Cornwall, England.

The rift stems from something called the Northern Ireland protocol, which was designed to avoid a hard border after Brexit between Northern Ireland and Ireland, an E.U. member country. But the protocol left Northern Ireland straddling the British and E.U. trading systems, and that could lead to shortages of some products in Northern Ireland, particularly chilled meats like sausages, when some of its provisions are scheduled to take full effect at the end of the month.

The two sides have been trying for months to find a more workable arrangement, but as the deadline approaches things have grown increasingly heated, with each accusing the other of bad faith and seeking to claim whatever high ground there is in the dispute.

Mr. Johnson argues that the European Union is being overzealous in its enforcement demands and inflexible in seeking solutions. The bloc’s officials have accused Britain of failing to implement the terms of a treaty Mr. Johnson himself agreed to and ratified.

The current bickering appears to have arisen when Mr. Johnson questioned how Mr. Macron would react if shipments of Toulouse sausages to Paris were impeded.

Asked in a BBC interview to confirm Mr. Macron’s comments, Mr. Raab said he would not “divulge the detail of what was discussed behind closed doors,” but then took the opportunity to criticize the European Union’s leadership.

“What I can tell you is various E.U. figures here, but frankly for months now, and years have characterized Northern Ireland as somehow a separate country and that is wrong.”

He added: “It is a failure to understand the facts.”

Mr. Macron’s office said that the exchange with Mr. Johnson took place but said the French president was talking about Toulouse and Paris being part of a “single geographic area,” not about whether Northern Ireland was legally part of the United Kingdom.

Speaking at a news conference later, Mr. Macron tried to make light of the affair, saying that France has “many cities, many regions” with excellent sausages. He added: “Let us not waste time with controversies that are often created in corridors and antechambers.”

The dispute has widened in recent months, with President Biden warning Mr. Johnson in quite blunt terms not to undermine or renounce the protocol. That, in turn, might lead to a hard land border that could threaten the landmark 1998 Good Friday agreement that ended three decades of sectarian strife in Northern Ireland.

Northern Ireland’s unionist and loyalist parties, which favor remaining in the United Kingdom, were outraged by the protocol, calling it a “betrayal” because Mr. Johnson broke a promise never to accept a border between them and the rest of Britain. That has provoked angry protests already in Northern Ireland, and could spark more in the summer’s “marching season.”

Aurelien Breeden contributed reporting.

As leaders pledge to help the world tackle the pandemic, the U.K. faces its own tough questions.

Will people in Britain soon be back in fully packed pubs, or will the Delta coronavirus variant mean an extension of restrictions beyond June 21? 
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Even as the Group of 7 announced during its summit this week that its member nations would donate one billion coronavirus vaccine doses to poorer nations, the gathering’s host country, Britain, is facing a reminder that it isn’t out of the woods yet on the pandemic either.

The news media call June 21 “freedom day” — the fast-approaching moment when England’s remaining coronavirus restrictions are scheduled to be cast off, allowing pubs to fill to capacity, nightclubs to open their doors and the curtain to rise in theaters around the country.

But a recent spike in cases of the highly transmissible coronavirus variant called Delta has prompted such alarm among scientists and health professionals that the country now seems destined to wait a little longer for its liberty.

For Prime Minister Boris Johnson, oft accused of doing too little, too late to combat the virus, the stakes are high. The question is not so much whether to postpone “freedom day,” but to what degree. Four weeks seems to be the maximum under consideration, with some advocating a limited version of the full opening and others favoring a two-week delay.

An announcement on the next steps is scheduled for Monday, and Mr. Johnson planned to study the data this weekend. But many health professionals have already made up their minds over the seriousness of the threat from the Delta variant, first detected in India.

The concern is that a surge of cases caused by the new variant could translate into a sharper uptick in hospitalizations and risk the virus once again overwhelming the National Health Service.

Biden and Johnson revise the Atlantic Charter, 80 years after the original.

President Biden with Prime Minister Boris Johnson of Britain before their meeting on Thursday.
Credit…Doug Mills/The New York Times

President Biden and Prime Minister Boris Johnson of Britain signed a new version of the 80-year-old Atlantic Charter on Thursday, using their first meeting to redefine the Western alliance and accentuate what they said was a growing divide between battered democracies and their autocratic rivals, led by Russia and China.

The two leaders unveiled the new charter as they sought to focus the world’s attention on emerging threats from cyber attacks, the Covid-19 pandemic that has upended the global economy, and climate change, using language about reinforcing NATO and international institutions that Mr. Biden hoped would make clear that the Trump era of America First was over.

The new charter, a 604-word declaration, was an effort to stake out a grand vision for global relationships in the 21st century, just as the original, first drafted by Winston Churchill and Franklin D. Roosevelt, was a declaration of a Western commitment to democracy and territorial integrity just months before the United States entered World War II.

“It was a statement of first principles, a promise that the United Kingdom and the United States would meet the challenges of their age and that we’d meet it together,” Mr. Biden said after his private meeting with Mr. Johnson. “Today, we build on that commitment, with a revitalized Atlantic Charter, updated to reaffirm that promise while speaking directly to the key challenges of this century.”

36 Comments on "G7 Nations Promise Decarbonization"

  1. Biden's hairplug on Mon, 14th Jun 2021 3:38 am 

    “Swiss reject law to help country meet Paris carbon emissions goal”

    Switzerland managed to merely reduce its CO2-emissions with 14% since its peak. Ironically, Switzerland and its mountain regions, suffer extra from increased temperatures. Its iconic glaciers are toast and will be gone before 2100.

    Since Brexit, I have become extremely skeptical about the wisdom of referendums on complicated issues. The lower strata of the populist population in general votes for small-minded egoism and flag-waving. The Swiss are very much like the English: geographically and historically isolated.

    They both fared well in recent history, because the UK had an empire to milk and Switzerland used its isolation to offer itself as a heaven of neutrality and natural base for international organizations and even stronger, had an outright criminal banking system, that at some point laundered 50% of the world’s criminal money.

    No more. Both the UK and Switzerland are going to experience first hand what it means to maneuver yourself into isolation: no friends, no favors.

    UK + Switzerland:

  2. Hello on Mon, 14th Jun 2021 4:30 am

    Netherlands CO2/capita: 9.62 tons
    Germany CO2/capita: 9.44 tons
    Switzerland CO2/capita: 4.73 tons

    Amazing. With half the CO2 the amazing Swiss produce a higher standard of living than the CO2 belching/solar and wind pushing neighbors. Good for the Swiss to not vote to cripple themselves while the dirty neighbors keep on polluting our environment with obscene amount of CO2.
    Shame on the fake greens the likes of Germany and Netherlands for polluting the environment while finger pointing at clean nations.

  3. Biden's hairplug on Mon, 14th Jun 2021 5:41 am 

    Joe Biden gave Boris Johnson a bicycle, to symbolize the good US-UK relationship. However, you should give the bike a good look, as the gift entails a subtle hint:

    “Boris Johnson’s Diplomatic Disaster at the G7 Meeting”

    This again underlines the futility of Brexit, a desperate attempt to restore former glory, in vain.

    England or any other European nation is way too small to be self-sufficient. Before 1945 the UK had a global empire to milk, but those days are gone and will not return. At some point the 48% Remain camp will grow again, after the Brexit-devastation will be apparent to all. For England, there is no way back into the EU, but to the Common Market there is, without violating the Brexit referendum.

  4. Biden's hairplug on Mon, 14th Jun 2021 6:05 am 

    Joe Biden, America’s Chernenko (remember him?):

    Kamela Harris isn’t far away.

    Note, this is a report from a friend of America. Even stronger, Australia’s future is entirely determined by US protection.

    Talking about Australia’s future, if any:

    “‘These are uncertain times’ as Taiwan issues Australia warning of Beijing ‘grey zone’ war” (start 5:50)

    The Dutch Australian mr. Roskam (“horse comb”) elaborating on the very real Chinese threat.

    Australia has always been a country of immigrants. Expect it to become a country of white emigrants and yellow immigrants.

    On a positive note, we’ll always have a place for mr. Roskam, here in Holland. Now that was a short escapade!

    (Nieuw Holland)

  5. Biden's hairplug on Mon, 14th Jun 2021 6:29 am 

    “Amazing. With half the CO2 the amazing Swiss produce a higher standard of living than the CO2 belching/solar and wind pushing neighbors. Good for the Swiss to not vote to cripple themselves while the dirty neighbors keep on polluting our environment with obscene amount of CO2.
    Shame on the fake greens the likes of Germany and Netherlands for polluting the environment while finger pointing at clean nations.”

    Hypocritical. Switzerland has a share of hydropower of no less than 57%. That’s a gift from nature, not a merit (Canada, Norway, Sweden, same story). Just good luck. And 19% dubious nuclear power.

    Your higher standard of living is not a result of the Swiss being “Uebermenschen”, (the Swiss are just as competent as their white European neighbors), but because of criminal financial banking operations, alpine tourism and political neutrality that provoked international organizations to settle on Swiss soil, bringing in a lot of money and local jobs.

    The prevailing Swiss attitude is one of mooching, NOT taking responsibility, just creaming off.

    Or as international wisdom in regard to Switzerland goes:

    “Geen geld, geen Zwitsers”

    (No money, no Swiss)

  6. GoFUckYouself on Mon, 14th Jun 2021 7:29 am 

    The Devil can speak to you and create chaos and confusion in your mind. I was connected to their hive mentality. They (Devil people) are afraid also).

    I think the fuck up the earth even worse then we think. They fuck up something fundamental in the earth system, energy equation or natural resource production vs consumption ratio. They are the source of all our problems on earth.

    I would go take a walk today and try to find a location where It can be quiet but yet surrounded by people.

  7. Hello on Mon, 14th Jun 2021 8:23 am 

    >>>Hypocritical. Switzerland has a share of hydropower of no less than 57%. That’s a gift from nature, not a merit

    The amazing Swiss amaze me even more. In a land-locked country, half of it unusable mountains without mineral resources the amazing Swiss were able to pull in the highest standard of living. Other nations enjoy access to maritime trade, fishing grounds, flat easy farmable land, natural gas, yet even with belching CO2 they can’t match the amazing Swiss in providing a comparable standard of living.

    What did you say Clog? The Netherlands are growing the greatest tulips? That is nice.

  8. Cloggie on Mon, 14th Jun 2021 9:33 am 

    “The amazing Swiss amaze me even more. In a land-locked country, half of it unusable mountains without mineral resources the amazing Swiss were able to pull in the highest standard of living.”

    One of those skiers is worth on average $1800 per visit. What do you mean, unusable mountains?

    “Other nations enjoy access to maritime trade, fishing grounds, flat easy farmable land, natural gas, yet even with belching CO2 they can’t match the amazing Swiss in providing a comparable standard of living.”

    I have already given the less than stellar reasons, explaining why the Swiss attained that dubious wealth:

    “What did you say Clog? The Netherlands are growing the greatest tulips? That is nice.”

    The Swiss spend their lives, locked-up between mountains, in bringing beer to German tourists, while he admires in awe your “unusable mountains”.

    We, in contrast, discovered the world…

    …colonized the lot, made the world safe for Protestantism, invented capitalism, central banking, stock exchange…

    … invaded Britain (where assorted losers like Napoleon and Hitler failed) and turned it into a fine protestant country…

    …founded the unofficial capital of the world, NYC (now in death throes), founded the world’s first industrial area…

    Switzerland, that’s the cuckoo clock.

    Holland, that’s the country that crushed open the door to Modernity, away from the Middle Ages. Holland is world class painting (Rembrandt, Vermeer, van Gogh and hundreds of others). Tulips, really?

    You admitted that you know these buildings in Veldhoven from the inside, so we keep you funded as well. Without ASML there would be no microchips in this world. ASML produces the ovens with which 2nd rate klutzes like Intel, Apple, Samsung, TSMC, Huawei and the rest of it produce their merchandise.

    Do you have the flair to organize something like this:

    Asking the question is answering it:

  9. Cloggie on Mon, 14th Jun 2021 9:36 am 

    Oh dear, I posted a post with so many posts that it is now “awaiting moderation”.

  10. ThankForTheTrainingINsect on Mon, 14th Jun 2021 1:18 pm 

    I went for a bike ride. There were a box on top of recycling bin that say in English “This change everything”. I was waiting for a signal from GOD, that is it. This is was a training exercise from GOD so I can learn the difference from the Devil voice, my own body insect voice and the voice of GOD. Thank you insect for this training. Valuable info. I even speak to the fuck insects directly now.

  11. LotOfFearInTheInsectsVoice on Mon, 14th Jun 2021 1:24 pm 

    That can send to the whole human race negative feeling and emotion. This is why people have no energy. Earth is really the Devil creation.

    THe insect voice is a voice of confusion, chaos and fear. Lot of fear in the insects voice.

  12. FamousDrScanlon on Mon, 14th Jun 2021 2:49 pm 

    Assuming it wasn’t another empty promise to appease the sheep, why de carbonize when climate change is in runaway mode & going to kill all the humans before this century is done?

    And we promise to start tapering off any day now…….

    Apr 7, 2021,

    Carbon-Dioxide In Earth’s Atmosphere Spikes To Record Level

    Arbeit Macht Frei

  13. FamousDrScanlon on Mon, 14th Jun 2021 2:59 pm 

    Fantasies, Myths, and Fairy Tales
    May 03, 2021

    “Please note that dissipative structures do not go backwards. We cannot “turn back the clock” and return to an earlier timeframe with regard to energy usage without doing away with the upper layers of infrastructure and returning to life without that infrastructure. These are physical laws not dictated by beliefs, so the nonsense that is being spewed by politicians about “green” energy and jobs and so on is completely ludicrous.”

    Fantasies, Myths, and Fairy Tales, Part Two -June 08, 2021

    “This is laughable to say the least. +1.5C will be reached most likely within the next five years regardless of what actions are taken at this point outside of a nuclear winter (a distinct possibility, as horrid as it is). Some experts have claimed that limiting climate change to +1.5C is now impossible and I agree. While there are some who still think it is possible to limit global temperatures to +1.5C, these appear to discount the reality of how society works, oceanic thermal inertia, and civilizational inertia. This civilizational inertia is extremely important to understand, as this prevents most attempts at reducing emissions from succeeding at accomplishing much if anything. As pointed out here, I go into great detail as to precisely why the constant claims of limiting climate change to +1.5 or +2C are based on fantasy for the most part. As such, urgent action will not stop or solve climate change, so these claims are based upon a false premise and underlying assumption to begin with. The peer-reviewed studies proving that point are contained in this article. Unfortunately, “some societal adaptations will still be required” is meaningless because the studies prove beyond any shadow of a doubt that we lack agency along with the energy and resources to be able to accomplish much of anything on climate change in human timescales. In other words, these articles might as well promise that Santa Claus will fix climate change. That is precisely how ridiculous the reality is in the claims of “bold action” or “urgent action” and holding temperatures to +1.5 or 2C.”

  14. FamousDrScanlon on Mon, 14th Jun 2021 3:01 pm 

    Jevon’s Paradox: Why increasing energy efficiency will accelerate global climate change. Tim Garrett

    “The Centre for Crisis Studies and Mitigation at the University of Manchester proudly presents Prof. Tim Garrett from the University of Utah Department of Atmospheric Science to present his talk “Jevon’s Paradox: Why increasing energy efficiency will accelerate global climate change”.

  15. FamousDrScanlon on Mon, 14th Jun 2021 3:08 pm 

    June 11, 2021
    Toxic Chemicals Engulf the Planet

    “Accordingly, a 2020 study by a team of international scientists led by Switzerland’s Institute of Environmental Engineering: “Over 350,000 chemicals and mixtures of chemicals have been registered for production and use, up to three times as many as previously estimated… identities of many chemicals remain publicly unknown because they are claimed as confidential.” (pg 7)

    The Swiss study is the world’s first-ever compilation of global chemical inventory and surprisingly discovered three times previous estimates, which speaks to the lax governance issue, nobody really knows for sure what’s going on, three times previous estimates is evidence of failure to observe. The study uncovered “widespread secrecy, misidentification and obfuscation,” leading to a question of who effectively monitors this darkened world that ultimately reaches into everyone’s home?”

    You’re all diseased

  16. Fuckers on Mon, 14th Jun 2021 3:40 pm 

    Is it normal you can see the futur ahead.

  17. FamousDrScanlon on Mon, 14th Jun 2021 4:21 pm 

    Another AGW Jacked disaster smashing the shit out of the puny human’s infrastructure…..more to come

    Chamoli disaster could happen again

    University of Zurich

    “Some four months ago, a devastating flood ravaged the Chamoli district in the Indian Himalayas, killing over 200 people. The flood was caused by a massive landslide, which also involved a glacier. Researchers at the University of Zurich, the WSL and ETH Zurich have now analyzed the causes, scope and impact of the disaster as part of an international collaboration.

    On 7 February 2021, a massive wall of rock and ice collapsed and formed a debris flow that barreled down the Rishiganga and Dhauliganga river valleys, leaving a trail of devastation. The flood took more than 200 lives and destroyed two hydropower plants as well as several roads and bridges.

    Impacts of climate change

    The effects of climate change can also be felt below the surface. Temperatures inside mountains are rising in permafrost regions, increasing the likelihood of rockslides in alpine zones. Given the growing energy requirements in the Himalayan states, this problem is expected to get worse. “The Chamoli disaster was a rare extreme event,” says Holger Frey. “But it’s only a matter of time before the next such massive event will happen somewhere in the Himalayas.”

  18. FamousDrScanlon on Mon, 14th Jun 2021 4:32 pm 

    Turkish farmers battle extreme drought in Karapinar – in pictures

    The region produces wheat and sugar beet but drought and the depletion of groundwater has raised questions over whether agriculture is sustainable

    More climate. refugees. They’ll flee to cities or north to white folk lands. Overrun us.

    Progressives will eventually shut up about trying to save them, but by then it’ll be to late.

    Conserveatard climate deniers are as much to blame for our total unpreparedness – cunts.

  19. FamousDrScanlon on Mon, 14th Jun 2021 4:40 pm 

    ‘Dire situation’: Silicon Valley cracks down on water use as California drought worsens

    Santa Clara county issues restrictions in an already historic crisis, amid fears trouble could deepen over summer

    We need to preserve our precious water to cool MOAR massive server farms that are essential for the corporate-state to increase their spying on us, mine MOAR bitcoin & upload more cat & conspiracy videos to youtube.

  20. Duncan Idaho on Mon, 14th Jun 2021 4:45 pm 

    “Based on Trump’s public behavior and other available information, these experts warned that he appears to be a malignant narcissist, a pathological liar who is obsessed with violence, easily manipulated by praise and other ego-stroking behavior, indifferent to the suffering of other human beings, anti-social and anti-human in his values and behavior, irresponsible and impulsive and in total quite likely a sociopath or perhaps a psychopath”

    Don’t see what the problem is.
    A typical repug.

  21. FamousDrScanlon on Mon, 14th Jun 2021 4:49 pm 

    Brainerd lakes area heat wave breaks 6 of 7 records for week

    “ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) – It goes without saying that it’s been a sweltering start to the month of June. We can now officially say that this June has started in a way unlike any other June on record in the Stateline! 90° temperatures aren’t uncommon in the month of June, but the regularity in which they’ve occurred early this month has been truly unprecedented. Never before has a June commenced with ten 90°+ days in the first 13 days of the month. A normal June sees four such days in the entire month, and an entire calendar year generally hosts 21 days of 90°+ heat. “

    What you’ll see more of is high temps with little cooling off overnight which is bad for people, but even worse for crops.

  22. Duncan Idaho on Mon, 14th Jun 2021 4:52 pm 

    We need to preserve our precious water to cool MOAR massive server farms

    Only 10% of CA water goes to the public sector.
    80% to AG, with 4 crops using over 50% of that.

    Server farms? Please, reality is kicking your ignorance.

    Now, electricity, you might have a valid point.

  23. makati1 on Mon, 14th Jun 2021 6:36 pm 

    They can lie…er…promise anything, but it will not happen. Typical political lies and bullshit. The world would like the G7 to go down the shitter. This may just hurry it along.

    NYT, mouth piece of the delusional elite propaganda.

  24. Anonymouse on Mon, 14th Jun 2021 9:03 pm 

    Actually, mak, I think that is one promise they might be able to keep. If one understands ‘decarbaonization’ as a proxy for, ‘impoverishment’. That plan, is in fact, well underway now under the cover the covid1984 plandemic operation. When you are poor, have no, or little employment, you’ve lost your business or w/e because of the forever virus, you wont be emitting near as much carbon as you used to. Needless to say, the currently wealthy and super-wealthy wont be scaling back their carbon emissions back in any real way of course, but the rest of us? Yea we will be, but it wont have anything do to with everyone suddenly switching over to driving Tesla’s and Leafs to work lol.

    Myself, I could hardly be bothered to slog through this Jew York Slimes prop’ganda piece. Even a cursory skim of it, tells you its all the BULLSHIT thats fit to print. Like everything else they pump out.

  25. FuckIHatePain on Tue, 15th Jun 2021 12:45 am 

    I hate this insect body creation. If you don’t do enough exercise you have knee pain if you do to much you have muscle pain.

    So I decided to start exercising again but in a more control way for less body pain. There is a lot of construction on my bike route, I am not sure what they are working on, new road for the city buses, new train tracks for the commuters train or both. I did not bother to check. THis world is fucked anyway. A lot of construction in the west of the Montreal area.

    So I usually start my bike route at 12:30PM, and I bike about 30 min then I like to stop at this little park by 13:00 PM, that I am sure the French Bourgeoisie would love, exactly their style. There are three benches there, so there is always one that is empty. I then listen to the sound of diesel construction equipment’s for about 30 min then I go home. This give me about an hour outside the house, this is enough to distract me from this shit world.

    Every time I listen to the sound of a diesel engine, this remind me how the controllers of the world really fuck up everything and how peak oil is approaching fast. All this shit just to avoid pain. So they say it will rain on Tuesday so I will start my routine on Wednesday and keep doing it for the whole week, unless it is raining. I will evaluate at the end of the week how my body feel. They say it might rain on Friday according to the inaccurate weather prediction. You can thank the White reptilian sun for that.

    This bring me to ELohim insects creation,what a shit creation, everything you do comes with pain. You cannot avoid pain in his shit creation.

    I still think the best creation is the singularity creation instead of the duality creation. Since I am talking about Elohim creation, I hate fart, I have trouble to determine if it is a dry fart or a liquid fart. I need more training in the fart department. Should have included a manual with this shit insect body. Which loser comes up with such a shit creation. Only a creator that lover inflicting pain and enjoy seeing other people in pain. They can be no other explanation.

  26. Cloggie on Tue, 15th Jun 2021 3:46 am 

    After America, European companies set out to take Japan by renewable storm too:

    Orsted (Denmark) and Equinor (Norway) competing to install the first Japanese offshore wind farm.

  27. makati1 on Tue, 15th Jun 2021 6:14 am 

    Anon, you are probably correct. We shall see how far the “reset” goes. I suspect it will fail, but not until a lot of damage has been done to the Western countries. Of the 110 million Filipinos here, I would say less than 1/3 have been affected very much. Jabs, (mostly Russian and Chinese) are still less than 2% of the population. Never going to get to even 50%.

  28. J P Getty on Tue, 15th Jun 2021 8:29 am 

    Interesting: PCG writes down 70% of their reserves in Underground Storage – saying they are NOT USEABLE…

    Hmmm… I thought those 2019 power blackouts were due to wildfire prevention… Guess I was wrong…

    Surely this is not true for other Underground Storage Facilities as well… Like those in Salt Caverns in TX, LA & MS…

  29. Ted Wilson on Tue, 15th Jun 2021 9:25 am 

    china is racing ahead in renewable energy, if the developed world continues to dillydally, it will left in the corner.

  30. Cloggie on Tue, 15th Jun 2021 2:37 pm 

    Half an hour ago, Greenpeace anti-oil activist lands in Bayern stadium in Munich, shortly before match France-Germany:

  31. Biden’s hairplug on Tue, 15th Jun 2021 3:53 pm 

    China sends 28 jets to Taiwan, largest number ever:

    Response to G7 meeting in Cornwall.

  32. makati1 on Tue, 15th Jun 2021 5:53 pm 

    Meanwhile…The US cannot even send its astronauts to the old space station without hitching a ride on foreign rockets.

    China is building a new space station at super speed and manning it now.

    East up. West down. China’s Century.

    BTW: The US has to buy its rocket engines from … Russia! LMAO!

  33. makati1 on Tue, 15th Jun 2021 5:57 pm 

    Taiwan is China. The Taiwanese know that, but their US a$$ ki$$ing leader is fomenting war. When China wants Taiwan, it will be over in a day and the US will run away, helpless, or its ships and planes will be at the bottom of the South China Sea.

  34. Cloggie on Wed, 16th Jun 2021 4:14 pm 

    Western US facing record heat wave, with 50 C temps:

  35. FamousDrScanlon on Thu, 17th Jun 2021 12:12 am 

    Hey, Duncan Idontknow

    The Secret Cost of Google’s Data Centers: Billions of Gallons of Water to Cool Servers

    “Alphabet’s Google is building more data centers across the U.S. to power online searches, web advertising and cloud services. The company has boasted for years that these huge computer-filled warehouses are energy efficient and environmentally friendly. But there’s a cost that the company tries to keep secret. These facilities use billions of gallons of water, sometimes in dry areas that are struggling to conserve this limited public resource.”

    Why Does the NSA Want to Keep Its Water Usage a Secret?

    The National Security Agency has many secrets, but here’s a new one: the agency is refusing to say how much water it’s pumping into the brand new data center it operates in Bluffdale, Utah. According to the NSA, its water usage is a matter of national security.

    Another faux environmentalist progressive defending UNNEEDED server farms which are just a newer part of the industrial cancer.

    No server farms = less cat videos & Trump bashing meme’s

    No water = death

    You work in IT? IT guys = Useless eaters on day 1 of collapse.

    On balance, the internet has made the world worse. I remember the promises & hype. A thousand time more than nuke power & Jetson’s combined.

    I’m looking forward to the end of the internet.

  36. Biden's hairplug on Thu, 17th Jun 2021 4:14 am 

    “I’m looking forward to the end of the internet.”

    Of course, you do, as you don’t like the free exchange of information. You want one way, from the media into the brains of the boobs.

    No worries though, about the internet consuming too many resources. My alma mater is working on something new that will reduce the power bill with a factor of 1000 and increase processing speed, also with a factor of 1000:

    “Photonics – The Promise of Low Energy IT”

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