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Chief Truffle Hunter promotes business interests of his own truffle hunting business:

Trump promotes Happer. Job done.

Feb 21, 2019 at 11:08 PM | Unregistered Commentergolf charlie

"Turkey is doing the right thing for themselves in this instance.
Feb 21, 2019 at 10:23 PM | michael hart"

I agree! Greenpeace won't, but will they risk a flame grilled kebab skewering, on a drilling rig in the Mediterranean?

Feb 21, 2019 at 10:44 PM | Unregistered Commentergolf charlie

Feb 21, 2019 at 8:43 PM | Mark Hodgson

I am not surprised that Turkey is looking for oil to fuel their economy. They have had a few disputes with other Moslem oil suppliers, and the EU, and the US, and, well, just about everybody

Feb 21, 2019 at 10:27 PM | Unregistered Commentergolf charlie

Feb 21, 2019 at 8:43 PM | Unregistered CommenterMark Hodgson "

Turkey, like most of the signatories, never intended to do anything.They agreed to sign up to something maybe in the unlikely event that they might get lots of free money.
Most of us know this was the case. Turkey is doing the right thing for themselves in this instance.

Feb 21, 2019 at 10:23 PM | Unregistered Commentermichael hart

The police crackdown which was condemned by the UN and Human Rights Watch for “disproportionate use of force” resulted in over 800 people being injured across the region.

Feb 21, 2019 at 8:37 PM | Mark Hodgson

But about 800 Moslem mercenaries are trying to return to the EU expecting all the normal benefits.

Feb 21, 2019 at 10:05 PM | Unregistered Commentergolf charlie

"Turkey to begin oil, gas drilling off Cyprus ‘in coming days’ – FM Cavusoglu"

"Turkey will begin drilling for oil and gas near Cyprus in the coming days, state-owned news agency Anadolu quoted Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu as saying on Thursday. The move could stoke tensions with neighboring Cyprus and Greece. “In the coming days we will start drilling with two ships around Cyprus,” Cavusoglu said in a speech to a business conference in western Turkey’s Aydin province. “Let those who come to the region from far away, and their companies, see that nothing can be done in that region without us. Nothing at all can be done in the Mediterranean without Turkey, we will not allow that,” Cavusoglu said. Ankara launched its first drillship ‘Fatih’ in October to drill off the coast of Turkey’s southern Antalya province, Reuters reported."

Remember Turkey'sINDC under the Paris Agreement?

The elephant in the room, as so often: "Turkey achieved 230 per cent increase in GDP between 1990 and 2012. Its population has increased more than 30 per cent since 1990. Turkey’s energy demand increases by 6-7 percent every year."

Overview of the current situation:

"The greenhouse gas inventory of the year 2012 revealed that the total emissions in 2012 expressed in CO2 equivalent were 440 million tons in Turkey. The energy sector had the largest share with 70.2 percent. Industrial processes with 14.3 percent, waste sector with 8.2 percent and agriculture with 7.3 percent followed the energy sector. Turkey’s per capita greenhouse gas (GHG) emission for the same year was 5.9 ton CO2 equivalent, which is much lower than the EU and OECD average."

Proposal: "Up to 21 percent reduction in GHG emissions from the Business as Usual (BAU) level by 2030." THe period for implementation is 2021-2030; starting in 2021 gives them lots of wriggle-room. Note also the weasel words "up to".
"Turkey aims to use carbon credits from international market mechanisms to achieve its 2030 mitigation target in a cost effective manner and in accordance with the relevant rules and standards." Does using "carbon credits" actually do anything to reduce real GHG emissions?

More weasel words: "Turkey is responsible for only 0.7 percent of the global emissions since the industrial revolution." That's not insignificant, but more important is Turkey's contribution to GHGs today, which would seem to be rather higher than 0.7% of the total when one considers this sentence:

"Rapid industrialization and urbanization have been taking place in Turkey over the last 30 years." To which might also be added rapid population growth.

They do helpfully provide a graph, which suggests that a Business as Usual scenario will see Turkey's GHG emissions almost trebling between 2015 and 2030. However, if they achieve their INDCs, then they will only double instead. So that's all right then.

In return for doubling their CO2 emissions, the international community will also have to provide them with money (amount unspecified):

"...Turkey will use domestic sources and receive international financial, technological, technical and capacity building support, including finance from the Green Climate Fund." And:

"Turkey is an upper-middle income developing country according to the World Bank classification. Turkey remains eligible to official development assistance (ODA)."


Paul Homewood has picked up on a piece by the GWPF:

Turkey show that the Paris Agreement never was about anything else than money, as GWPF report:
Turkey Threatens Not To Ratify Paris Climate Accord

HAMBURG: Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan threatened Saturday that his country would not ratify the Paris climate accord, speaking at the end of the G20 summit in Germany.

“After that step taken by America, the position that we adopt is in the direction of not passing it in parliament,” Erdogan said at a press conference in Hamburg.

The summit of the world’s biggest industrialised and developing economies agreed that 19 of its members would stick with the 2015 plan to fight global warming and “took note” of US President Donald Trump’s pullout from the initiative.
But shortly after the mega-summit ended, Erdogan, who met Trump at the event, told a news conference that Turkey was no longer a certain candidate and suggested other members of the “G19” also had doubts.

He said he had clearly told French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel: “No offence, but we will not pass it in our parliament as long as the promises made to us are not delivered”.

He said former French president Francois Hollande had promised him that Turkey would be classed as a developing and not an industrialised economy — meaning Ankara would receive money from a global climate fund rather than have to pay into it.

He also suggested some other, unidentified, countries had a “problem” with the agreement and said “they are not renewing their full support”.

Feb 21, 2019 at 8:43 PM | Unregistered CommenterMark Hodgson

Also not reported by the BBC:

"Burnt tires & clashes with police as pro-independence protests grip Catalonia"

Pro-independence activists in Catalonia are venting their anger at Madrid’s trial of the region’s provincial leaders. Baton-wielding police scuffled with some of the demonstrators as people also blocked roads and set tires ablaze.
The group behind the protest is called the Committees for the Defence of the Republic (CDRs) and has been involved in demonstrations against Spain’s central government for months. The goal of Thursday’s action is to ‘paralyze everything,’ as the group put it.

The protesters managed to disrupt traffic on several major roads with barricades of burning tires. They also interfered with the work of local railroads and occupied an office building in Girona, a city some 100km (62 miles) northeast of Barcelona.

One of the clips captured a group of officiers restraining a proteter, clad in a yellow vest, lying on the ground. The protester is then dragged away as bystanders shout their disapproval.

The CDRs are rallying supporters to defend the jailed leaders of Catalonia, who are currently being tried for organizing an independence referendum in October 2017.

The central government accused them of sedition and rebellion as well as misappropriating public funds to hold the plebiscite. The defendants face lengthy jail terms of up to 25 years if convicted, but their supporters say they are prisoners of conscience.

By Thursday evening, almost 50 people had been reported injured across the region, including at least 16 police officers. Four arrests were made during the day, the security forces said.

The 2017 independence vote which Madrid called “unconstitutional” prompted bloody clashes and mass arrests as police forcibly blocked citizens from entering the polling stations, fired rubber bullets and deployed tear gas. The police crackdown which was condemned by the UN and Human Rights Watch for “disproportionate use of force” resulted in over 800 people being injured across the region.

Feb 21, 2019 at 8:37 PM | Unregistered CommenterMark Hodgson

French diplomatic plates have CD (Corps Diplomatique) in the middle of the number - or CMD for a Chef de Mission Diplomatique - i.e. Ambassador. They also use country/institution codes for the first three digits, and a selection of other middle letters.

Feb 21, 2019 at 8:37 PM | Unregistered CommenterIt doesn't add up...

The EU implosion continues apace (all without being reported by the BBC):

"Orbán faces backlash after attack on Juncker
Renewed calls to expel Fidesz as dominant center-right party confronts intensifying split."

Feb 21, 2019 at 8:34 PM | Unregistered CommenterMark Hodgson

We have a friend who used to work in the Air Traffic control near Paris. He had special plates issued in France because he worked for an EU organisation. As as i remember they were like standard French plates except they were a different colour, possibly red, I'm not sure what privileges came with them, possibly free parking as parking charges didn't seem to bother him.

Feb 21, 2019 at 7:52 PM | Unregistered CommenterUibhist a tuath

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