We regret decision to scrap @DECCgovuk. #Climatechange shd be priority for UK to meet #COP21 pledges but this will not encourage leadership.We know Ed Miliband is pretty pissed off about the demise of DECC, but wow, he's got support from The Elders! Who? It's Nelson Mandela (worrying from beyond the grave), Jimmy Carter, Desmond Tutu, and Mary Robinson, to name but a few.
The whole COP21 things was itself a jolly fine festival of comedy at the time, and hasn't sobered up much since. You will recall that last December 994 nations came up with the 'Paris Agreement', which committed them to two-tenths of bugger all. It was to be 'signed' in April (which it was - in New York, at a big piss-up, which is the kind of thing they actually know how to do); but unless it is ratified by quite a large number of the big players by the end of one year, it will be null and void. Has anyone ratified it? Yes: a handful of island nations who fear disappearing off the map as the oceans rise; plus, errrr, France. Yes, France it was who orchestrated the whole empty thing, because it is M.Hollande's legacy, don't you know.
Elder Mary Robinson has yet more to say on the subject.
The likely US Republican presidential nominee, Donald Trump, has said he would try to unpick the deal, but Robinson said if it was ratified by the US this year “unwinding it would be very prolonged and difficult"Difficult for whom? The Agreement states that after ratification, anyone wishing to abandon it must merely notify the registrar of ratifying countries. Sounds rather easy to me.
The appropriate response must be the one Father Ted was obliged to give after losing a forfeit. He had say to b*ll*cks very loudly in front of President Mary Robinson ...