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G7 Success — leaders issue statement 2% of usual length — and climate sidelined

Winning:   The ABC news implied the G7 didn’t achieve much and was a bit of a flop with leaders “unable to overcome their differences…” and signing only a one page form. But for the rest of the world, the G7 was a big success  — there were no long pledges to lead the world in weather changing voodoo. Climate was sidelined.

Plus the 2019 G7 leaders statement was 54 times smaller than the last G7 leaders statement.

Varney: Trump ‘dominated’ the G-7 summit ‘like no other president has done in years’

Stuart Varney, Staff, Fox News

“No matter what you read and hear from the media, this G-7 was all about Trump re-aligning the world — reshaping the world economy with America’s interests first and foremost,” said Varney on Fox Nation’s “My Take.”

“Trade was the headline issue … A deal with Japan – they will import a lot more of our agricultural product. Britain gets a major trade deal after Brexit, and there’s dialogue with Germany on car tariffs as well, but the most important – China,” stressed Varney.

After President Trump’s news conference, at the conclusion of the summit on Monday, CNN’s Jim Acosta said, ”I think perhaps one of the biggest headlines coming out of this press conference that we just witnessed here in France is that the President would not be pinned down on this question of climate change.”

Good governance means less government:

Peter Baker @peterbakernyt

TWEET: Peter Baker, Chief White House Correspondent for The New York Times and MSNBC analyst.

With all the differences with Trump, the G7 leaders ended up releasing a largely general one-page statement that added up to 264 words. The last joint statement under Obama in 2016 was 14,263 words

That’s a 98% reduction in word pain.

Speaking of that Trade War

The Z-Man points out that China is much more vulnerable

China is selling cheap labor which is available in so many other places:

China is not selling the world anything the world does not have or cannot make. What China is selling is a safe haven to avoid the labor, tax and environmental laws that exist in the West.

U.S. imports from China totaled $539.5 billion in 2018. U.S. exports were $179.3 billion. … the U.S. market is about 5% of the Chinese economy, assuming the fake Chinese economic numbers are even close to reality, which is surely not the case. The Chinese market is less than one percent of the U.S. economy in 2018.

Right away, the relationship between China is the U.S. is not an equal one, in terms of dollars, but also in terms of impact. Then there is the nature of trade between the two countries. Almost all of the U.S. exports to China in 2018 were aircraft parts, electronic components and car parts. In many cases, these are either high precision items the Chinese cannot produce or they have intellectual property that the Chinese will try to steal, so they are made in the U. S. and sent to China.

This is why Trump is playing hardball. He believes he has far less to lose than the Chinese in a trade war. Even if all trade with China comes to an end, the cost to the U.S. economy is not going to be devastating. In fact, it will be hardly noticed.

h/t Pat

 

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46 comments to G7 Success — leaders issue statement 2% of usual length — and climate sidelined

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    ” … that the President would not be pinned down on this question of climate change.”

    Some of the best news to come out of the G7 talks. Moreover; it wasn’t that he couldn’t be pinned down, but that he refused to participate in useless climate talks. That sounds pretty pinned down to me …

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      OriginalSteve

      Its good to see the climate nonsense getting the attention it so richly deserves…i.e. nothing, nada, zero.

      Long live common sense.

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        Yes, even the hype with the Amazon fires became a nothing burger. I wonder how much we’ll hear about that in the coming weeks?

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        sophocles

        Yeah, I think we can all accept a “a 98% reduction in word pain.
        Well put Jo! Loved it.

        Even 97% would be a welcome reduction. There is still the big September “event” to weather. I hope it falls so flat, only the MSM notice <grin>. I certainly won’t be paying it any attention.

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          David-of-Cooyal-in-Oz

          G’day S,
          I’ve decided I will watch how it goes and how it’s reported, but not to any level of exhaustive detail. I’m hoping for some indication of realism from a number of countries, and if that happens the squirming of the greenist reporters could be fun to watch. Although such things might be difficult to find in the general media.
          Cheers
          Dave B

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            sophocles

            It’s going to be interesting.
            I have to wonder if it’s going to be a week of Internet chaos, too.

            The Internet is not the Mainstream Media’s (MM) playground. They just think it is. The Internet “kiddies” may find it fun to try out their latest/newest/greatest DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) attacks on participating MM Propaganda sites. Just for fun. If they do, then it will be fun and I will find it funny. I won’t be participating in any of it. Not at all. But if it happens, it will be very funny :-P

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    Jonesy

    The travesty is that Trump can only serve for two terms. He is the ultimate red pill disruptor.

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      Except that if the US President could serve more than 2 terms, Obama would have run again and likely won, given that he was more popular and less of a crook than HRC. We can only hope that by showing what works, it inspires Trump’s successor to continue along the same path. Perhaps one of his apprentices, like Ivanka? Wouldn’t that give the MSM fits.

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        Len

        Isn’t Ivanka a leftie?

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          Somewhat, but her on the job training must be telling her that conservative principles applied to the economy and foreign policy work far better than the kinds of dangerously self destructive policies pushed by the left. She’s more liberal on some of the social issues, especially with regard to making and being responsible for your own choices, so I’d characterize her more as a Libertarian which is closer to the Australian Liberal party. While she’s wealthy, only those who feel guilty about how they became wealthy tend to become far left Progressives as their penance.

          BTW, Trump was a registered NYC Democrat for some time which is why so many of the never Trumpers didn’t like him. He wasn’t enough of a conservative ideologue and in fact, he was the least conservative candidate among those he beat for the Republican nomination. I suspect that this is what scares the left into applying such hateful rhetoric as he can attract traditional Democratic voters while denigration, deserved or not, is a powerful tool to change minds. I actually think Trump leans Libertarian, but given the nature of our 2 party system, he would have never been elected running as one.

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        Binny Pegler

        The main thing about Trump is guts, and the ability to make a decision. Politicians of all stripes have been avoiding making decisions (in case they offend someone) for decades.
        The only thing worse than a bad decision – is no decision at all.
        Just imagine a politician with Trumps willingness to make a call + (dare I say) a little more class.

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          Binny Pegler

          I would also like to think he has shown the way to side line the media’s power, hopefully for ever.
          No doubt this is the main reason they hate and fear him.

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    OriginalSteve

    Lest we forget Jim Acosta and the behaviour that got his pess pass suspended…..

    https://www.foxnews.com/politics/cnns-jim-acosta-press-pass-suspended-by-white-house-sarah-sanders-announces

    “CNN’s Chief White House Correspondent Jim Acosta’s press pass to access the White House was suspended “until further notice” Wednesday, hours after he engaged in a contentious back-and-forth with President Trump.”

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      Bill in Oz

      tHere are a few Aussie journo’s who need to be suspended as well.
      Perhaps they would learn mannars and respect if put in the cool room for a while.

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    Spetzer86

    About not noticing, has anyone looked at where a bunch of the drugs consumed by the USA come from? China and India are dominant players in that arena. Many pharmaceutical products would suffer severely is China was removed without a couple of years prior notice.

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      ColA

      Luckily they just busted 23 tonnes of Fentanyl in Mexico worth billions, came from CHJINA bound for USA
      https://www.breitbart.com/border/2019/08/25/25-tons-of-fentanyl-from-china-seized-in-mexico/

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      Tom O

      In spite of that closing statement about the size and of China’s impact on the US economy, there is no where near enough “made in USA” or “made in the rest of the world other than China” being sold in the stores here in the USA to pretend that China has little impact on the US economy.

      I am not sure what would happen, here in the US or in China, if the Chinese suddenly stopped shipping goods to the US, but within a month, there would be little, if anything left in the stores to sell at a price “the average American” could hope to pay.

      When your government allows your corporations to put their profit ahead of the “good of the country,” the people are the first to suffer, and there is one thing that is very similar between “the people” and corporate stock holders, the belief that “it is all about them, and whatever the cost doesn’t matter.”

      When there is nothing to buy, for whatever reason, “socialism” looks very, very good since you know your neighbors and everyone else isn’t any better off than you are. And the left has laid the groundwork to insure that will happen, if Trump’s economic policies crash. And one has to never forget just how much influence the “privately owned Central banks” of every nation have on the economies they “control.” It is enough, actually, so that the people ought to truly consider the wisdom of a central bank versus their own government’s treasury departments while they still can.

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    sophocles

    The ambulance chasers are now “worrying” about the melting of Greenland’s ice cap.
    Yeah, it’s really really terrifying … Not.

    It’s now the last weeks of the Northern Hemisphere’s summer and Greenland’s ice cap is undergoing its usual End of Summer Surface melt. It’s supposed to be worrying “the scientists.” Ha. Yeah right. All those who haven’t rounded up the next six months worth of research grants have reason to be worried.

    In the last few weeks of February this year there was the same hooting ‘n hollering, jumping up and down and finger pointing about surface melt of Antarctica’s ice cap. That was at the end of this hemisphere’s summer. So we have the same crap, the same “puzzled/worried scientists,” to look forward to again in six months time, when this present crap and the present “puzzled/worried scientists” have gotten over this six months worth of it.

    It’s so predictable. It’s so meaningless. It’s so boring!

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    Greg Smith

    OT but perhaps very relevant, Michael Smiths blog appears to have been taken down. A Google search says it no longer exists. Can anyone here shed any light on this possibly sinister development?

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      AndyG55

      Probably just a server issue.

      No mention on is twitter feed.

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      sophocles

      Keep trying every hour or so.
      If it can’t be found then the DNS Server is out of action.
      It depends on the state of the DNS (Domain Name Service) server which is “authoritative” for that website.
      When it `disappears’ like that, it’s usually caused by the authoritative name server(s) being taken down for software/hardware upgrades. (maintenance).

      If you try to access the site you want by using its IP address directly instead of it’s name, it could still work. This website (joannenova.com.au) has the IP address 223.27.18.253. (I had my ISP’s DNS disappear at 01:15 am last Sunday but I could still get here :-) I could ping it so the webserver was up — it was the DNS server which was in pieces across the server-room floor)
      I used:
      ping 223.27.18.253 — this is the text mode command I used the rest is Jo’s site responding:
      PING 223.27.18.253 (223.27.18.253) 56(84) bytes of data.
      64 bytes from 223.27.18.253: icmp_seq=1 ttl=53 time=39.8 ms
      64 bytes from 223.27.18.253: icmp_seq=2 ttl=53 time=41.4 ms

      So if you use: http://223.27.18.253 you should still get Jo’s front page when `http://joannenova.com.au’ is not found.

      If neither method works, then your ISP is doing work and it’s best to let them get on with it.

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        AndyG55

        From Michael Smith’s Facebook

        “Thank you to the many readers who’ve let me know our website is offline – I’m working on the issue and hope to everything back online later today.”

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      PeterPetrum

      Back online now!

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    yarpos

    I dont know how Trump could be any clearer on climate. He pulled out of the Paris Accord and for those who care USA CO2 levels had a better trend than most other countries. Acosta just being a d1ckwad again.

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    Ross

    My go-to site for serious, in depth discussion on the USA / Trump is The Conservative Treehouse.
    The other day they had an article about why Trump is pushing for the trade realignment which is worth a read.

    “The post-WWII Marshall Plan was set up to allow Europe and Asia to place tariffs on exported American industrial products. Those tariffs were used by the EU and Japan to rebuild their infrastructure after a devastating war. However, there was never a built in mechanism to end the tariffs…. until President Trump came along and said: “it’s over”! ”

    https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2019/08/25/president-trump-and-prime-minister-boris-johnson-discuss-big-trade-deal/

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    DaveR

    Imagine a future world where an economically failed Europe is so totally engrossed in climate change and mitigating regulation, and trying to impose it around the world through the increasingly corrupt United Nations and fellow travelers, the NGO activists.

    And then there is the rest of the world including USA, Japan, Asia (China and India), a brexited Britain and Australia who have rejected the climate change dogma.

    It may be not that far away.

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      Graeme No.3

      Imagine is the word with regard to the UK and Australia, given their current PM’s either believe or are too fearful to end the AGW etc. mess. And their possible replacements are worse.

      Oh well, roll on the blackouts in (renewables obsessed) Victoria and SA this coming summer. The adverse reaction of those caught by surprise should galvanise some action, after a lot of press releases.

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      Zane

      Nobody is going harder for renewables than the UK. The Climate Change Act of 2008 was a monstrosity of economic self harm. An 80% reduction in greenhouse gases by 2050? What how why? And only one MP opposed it.

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        diogenese2

        get up to date. Teresa May’s last act before oblivion was, in response to Extinction Rebellions demands, was to alter the target to 100%’, approved by Parliament by huge majority. The response by ER was to demand 100% by 2035. Such is the insanity currently prevailing. However the establishment have not yet tuned in to the fact that letting the agenda be set by extremist clowns will destroy the narrative. The US Democrats have just found this out probably too late.

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    destroyer D69

    counter attack from the forces of climatology starts August 16 with co-ordinated media panic blitz.

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    Penguinite

    Keep up the great work J! We need this sort of reality to balance the MSM biased reporting. Especially “Our ABC!”

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    William

    It is no wonder that the AGW religion continues amongst those who disdain anything other than the SMH (in Sydney, and for other states, its equivilant) and the ABC for their news. I haven’t seen any mention of Michael Mann having his case against Tim Ball dismissed, and costs awarded against him. Both Fairfax and the ABC continue to ignore everything that counters the “science” and refuse to run corrections when alarmist claims are shown to be false.

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    Asp

    Congratulations!
    This is real progress. The G7+1 (Tsk tsk) came up with a resolution that stated in 264 words that the participants agreed on a small number of issues. The previous G7 talkfest, came up with a document that was 13,999 words longer, most likely discussing the many and varied reasons why the participants agreed to disagree on a plethora of issues.
    So lucky that there were issues such as Brexit and Macron talking up the annual bushfire season in Brazil to provide some light relief.

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    Greg Smith

    Thanks to all for the advice re Michael Smith. I don’t use Twitter or Facebook so I did not know what was happening.

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    Senex

    Justin Trudeau was still bleating about what a catastrophe the Amazon fires are, and how CANADA (cue the fanfare and angelic choirs) was pledging millions of dollars and sending a water bomber to help fight this “climate change disaster”. I wonder if he is planning on compensating the Brazilian farmers and ranchers who light the fires to clear land for cultivation and grazing?

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    pat

    seeing success as failure…with the usual dose of TDS from China apologist experts:

    28 Aug: ABC: When G7 leaders can’t even agree on a communique, we have a problem
    By political reporter Dan Conifer
    “It really is a huge setback,” said Adam Triggs from the Australian National University.
    “The state of global cooperation is just so low at the moment that they can’t even agree on these most basic documents.
    “They can’t even agree on some of these most high-level principles, like ‘trade is good’ in particular.”…
    “If they can’t even agree on a communique, it means they can’t even agree on basic facts,” Dr Triggs said…

    The American leader also predicted a trade deal with China — just days after Washington and Beijing slapped tit-for-tat import duties on billions of dollars worth of products.
    But Dr Triggs said “we’ve seen this before” when it comes to Mr Trump and tariffs.
    “There’ll always be some discussion that there is a deal coming … and then it eventually goes away,” said Dr Triggs, who previously worked on the G20 summit for Australia’s Prime Minister’s Department…

    Trade expert Stephen Kirchner from the United States Studies Centre at Sydney University agreed the so-called breakthrough would likely just break down.
    “It’s not an outcome of the summit per se … it was a little bit tangential to the summit itself,” he said.
    “But I think it’s very much part of a cycle where Trump hits people with tariffs, other countries retaliate, [and] this gives rise to a trade war.
    “There’s an effort to resolve the differences, but those talks then basically fail, and we get another round of tariffs.
    “This is a cycle that we’ve seen on the periphery of the last two G7 meetings and the last G20 meeting.”…
    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-08-28/when-g7-leaders-cant-agree-on-basic-facts,-we-have-problem/11454638

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      pat

      theirABC’s two “experts”:

      TWEET: Adam Triggs, Director of Research, Asian Bureau of Economic Research at the ANU, non-resident fellow, Brookings (Institution)
      A 1 degree rise in temperature can reduce per capita output by between 1 and 2 per cent in emerging and developing economies, worse if limited macro policy space, low foreign aid and weak institutions LINK IMF
      19 Aug 2018
      https://twitter.com/AdamJTriggs/status/1163629015942356992

      7 Jun: ABC: G7 meeting the next chance to head off possible global trade ‘implosion’
      By business reporter Emily Stewart
      “We’ve been in trade war territory for some time,” said Dr Stephen Kirchner, the director of trade at the United States Studies Centre.
      “I think President Trump fundamentally misunderstands the nature of trade and the fact that trade is mutually beneficial.”…
      “The risk here is, at some point, the US walks away from the WTO and at that point the world trading system implodes because it won’t work with the largest economy outside of it,” warned Mr Kirchner
      https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-06-07/g7-meeting-the-next-risk-that-global-trade-implodes/9845854

      26 Aug: SMH: ‘Like the Alliance Francaise’: Sydney Uni boss defends Confucius Institute
      By Nick Bonyhady and Jordan Baker
      University of Sydney vice-chancellor Michael Spence: “The Confucius Institute is like the Alliance Francaise or Goethe-Institut. It teaches Chinese language and culture,” Dr Spence said. “This is not people sitting around reading the Little Red Book.”…

      Jeffrey Gil, a Flinders University academic who has written a book on Confucius Institutes, said while Dr Spence’s description of the institutes as language teaching bodies was largely accurate, their presence on campus had raised concerns.
      “The other language and culture promotion organisations are completely separate from universities,” Dr Gil said. “This arrangement is part of the reason Confucius Institutes are so controversial though – critics see their location on campuses as allowing them to influence academic research and discussion of China.”…

      Confucius Institutes are hosted by universities in partnership with a Chinese government department known as Hanban, which provides funding and teaching materials…
      The Herald and The Age revealed last month that four universities, including the University of Queensland, had clauses in their agreements with Hanban stating they must accept the organisation’s assessments of “teaching quality” at their Confucius Institutes…

      Victoria University cancelled the screening of a film critical of Confucius Institutes last year after an institute staff member passed concerns from the Chinese consul-general in Melbourne to university administration…

      Australia’s 13 Confucius Institutes are also not on the foreign influence register, unlike the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney and the Perth USAsia Centre at the University of Western Australia, which both receive some funding from the US government…
      https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/like-the-alliance-francaise-sydney-uni-boss-defends-confucius-institute-20190826-p52kv5.html

      Australia-China Youth Association (ACYA): Confucius Institutes
      Locations
      •Queensland
      ◦Queensland University of Technology
      ◦Griffith University
      ◦University of Queensland
      •New South Wales
      ◦University of New South Wales
      ◦University of Newcastle
      ◦University of Sydney
      •Northern Territory
      ◦Charles Darwin University
      •South Australia
      ◦University of Adelaide
      •Victoria
      ◦La Trobe University
      ◦RMIT
      ◦University of Melbourne
      •Western Australia
      ◦University of Western Australia
      http://www.acya.org.au/education/confucius-institutes/

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    me@home

    Jo, thanks as always. But, and I don’t know whether it’s just me, I cringe when I see anything reported as “54 times shorter” than something else.

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      PeterPetrum

      It’s an eye-catching headline – not that Jo needs one – all her headlines are eye-catching, no matter what they are!!

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      me@home: yes. Point taken. At 2am mathematically accurate phrasings didn’t easily fit in the headline. I am open to suggestion. one 54th the length? 50 times smaller? 2% of usual length? shrinks by 98% ? I changed it about 4 times, wanting the 54 in there somehow. Perhaps 2% is better.

      G7 Success — leaders issue statement 54 times shorter — and climate sidelined

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    Zane

    The French always think they are more important than they really are.

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    Hasbeen

    I think it is fair to say Trump put the French mommies boy back in his place, & the German dragon back on her fat ass.

    Lets hope he gave Boris a few pointers in how to deal with EU bureaucrats. I wonder if they will still need so many with the UK gone?

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    Dave Ward

    But for the rest of the world, the G7 was a big success — there were no long pledges to lead the world in weather changing voodoo

    Unless (like me) you are an unfortunate UK citizen:

    UK’s £1.44bn aid bill to make world greener

    BRITAIN will double the amount of money it spends on cutting carbon emissions in the developing world over the next four years after crunch talks at the G7 summit.

    A total of £1.44billion from the aid budget and the Department for Business, Energy and lndustrial Strategy will be spent on tackling climate change, including wildfires. This is up from the UK’s Green Climate Fund (GCF) contribution of £720million between 2014 and 2019, it was announced yesterday. It came as the G7 agreed to spend £18million on the Amazon, mainly to send fire fighting planes to tackle the huge blazes engulfing the world’s biggest rainforest. The club also agreed to support a medium term reforestation plan which will be unveiled at the UN in September, France and Chile announced. US President Donald Trump, who has described climate change as a hoax, skipped meetings on the subject at the G7 summit in Biarritz.

    This was from the Daily Mail yesterday, but I can’t find a direct URL, so had to resort to other methods…

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      PeterPetrum

      I’m sure the farmers will be delighted when a huge plane comes in and dumps water on their burning stubble! Idiots!

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