From the summit of the G20 in Rome ended on the 31st October to the ongoing COP 26 in Glasgow which some TV News Anchors mistakenly mentioned as the capital of Scotland (funny how our media and journalists with their supposedly significant knowledge can be that nescient), our ruling elites flaunt their hypocrisies as they pretend that they care about climate change and our survival as human in this dying planet.
Code Red for Humanity
“ Human-induced climate change is already affecting many weather and climate extremes in every region across the globe. Scientists are also observing changes across the whole of Earth’s climate system; in the atmosphere, in the oceans, ice floes, and on land.
Many of these changes are unprecedented, and some of the shifts are in motion now, while some – such as continued sea level rise – are already ‘irreversible’ for centuries to millennia, ahead, the report warns.”
Despite this dire alarming reports from scientists who have warned us for decades and as the 1.5 degree threshold is perilously close, our political leaders have shown negligence and inaction to the critically urgent climate crisis and even accelerate the global warming.
US President Joe Biden has recently asked for an increase in oil production. The UK government is granting permission for new coal mines and gas plants and in September this year alone sent more than 7,000 metric tonnes of plastic waste to countries such as Malaysia, Pakistan, Vietnam, Indonesia, and Turkey, according to the nonprofit Last Beach Clean Up. While French President Macron and his government were recently condemned for their climate inaction by Conseil d’État (State Council) on July 1st and on October 22 by Tribunal administratif de Paris (Paris Administrative Court). All three countries, US, UK, and France are still heavily investing in fossil fuels. EU even extends the subsidies for fossil fuels to 2027.
Absolute Hypocrisy: The Dirty Coalition between France and the Central European Countries
A proposal of criteria to add nuclear and gas to the #taxonomy is circulating 👉 🇫🇷 and a bunch of other EU countries try to find a majority among member states to force the EU Commission's hand. More to come in @ContexteEnergie 👀 pic.twitter.com/1DtDo05jmt— Anna Hubert 🇪🇺 (@AnnaHbrt) October 30, 2021
In France, President Macron and his political party LaREM proposed to the European Commission to include gas and nuclear as green energy. France even goes as far as making a coalition with Prime Minister of Hungary Viktor Orban, Poland who refused to end its gigantic coal exploitation, and the pro-gas Czech Republic to push its nuclear ambition. France supports these 3 countries continuing use of fossil fuels in exchange for these countries’ support in the EU for nuclear.
Dutch European Deputy from the Green Party Bas Eickhaut even called this alliance as “coalition sale” (dirty coalition). He stated that France for several months has been explicit in its support for nuclear to be included in the EU energy taxonomy and that many French diplomats were seen in the East part of Europe to gain support for its proposition and that this French lobbying has gone too far.
This coalition was confirmed by the French ambassador for the Czech Republic Alexis Dutertre who proudly announced on his Twitter account the active cooperation between France and the Czech Republic to include gas and nuclear in the EU taxonomy.
#EUGreenDeal | Gearing up for 🇫🇷 & 🇨🇿 presidencies 🇪🇺 in 2022: like-minded on #nuclear energy & #gas to be included in the upcoming delegated act on #taxonomy; actively cooperating on how best to drive the #Fitfor55 package. Thanks to deputy ministers @vlada_smrz @NedelaRene! pic.twitter.com/I0DEj9zO19— Alexis Dutertre (@AlexisDutertre) September 20, 2021
Finally, on October 22, President of the EU Commission Ursula von der Leyen announced on her Twitter: “We also need a stable source, nuclear, and during the transition, gas.”
We will also assess how the gas, electricity and ETS markets function.— Ursula von der Leyen (@vonderleyen) October 22, 2021
We need more renewables. They are cheaper, carbon-free and homegrown.
We also need a stable source, nuclear, and during the transition, gas.
This is why we will come forward with our taxonomy proposal.
Our government and politicians’ actions are in contradiction with the objectives set in the Paris Agreement and the Net Zero by 2050 recommendations by IEA (International Energy Agency). Several studies such as by Can Europe and by Artelys reveal that the EU does not need to develop new gas infrastructure to supply its energy need.
The last paragraph of the well-written Mediapart’s article titled “À la COP26, le double jeu hypocrite d’Emmanuel Macron” (At COP26, the double hypocrisies of Emmanuel Macron) sums up excellently Macron’s double hypocrisies, on one hand, as the initiator of the diplomatic success of the 2015 Paris Agreement and, on the other hand, making French nuclear industry as primary in the climate crisis.
G20: The French Strategic Moves Towards Indo-Pacific in Particular Indonesia and The Arms Deal
This year the G20 discussed the pandemic, the availability of vaccines for “developing” and “poor” countries, the climate change, but they were all kept at a bare minimum. The most significant result from the G20 meeting is fiscal, how to tax corporations as little as possible.
The 2021 G20 Summit was used by France as an opportunity to rebound from its embarrassing diplomatic failure after Australia cancelled the purchase of 12 French submarines worth AUD 90 Billions or roughly 56 Billion Euros out of an agreement in 2016 between Paris and Canberra. Instead, Australia will buy the American and English submarines to counter China’s rise on the world geopolitical stage and forms a trilateral alliance with the US and UK, an alliance that is called AUKUS.
Emmanuel Macron had received Joe Biden a day before the G20 started in Villa Bonaparte, where the French embassy for the Vatican resides. In this meeting, US President Joe Biden admitted that what the USA did is inappropriate and inelegant.
The French President responded: “We clarified what we need to clarify” and in return, he demands American support in the Sahel region of Africa and for the progress of European Defense.
In Rome, the French President also held talks with other countries of power in the Indo-Pacific region such as Indonesia (meeting with President Jokowi), India (meeting with PM Narendra Modi), and South Korea (meeting with South Korean representatives) to defend French interests in the region.
After a talk with Indonesian President Joko Widodo, a true strategic partnership (un véritable partenariat stratégique) was announced. French Minister of Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian will visit Jakarta next as the next year G20 will be held in Indonesia.
The content of this meeting between Macron (France) and Jokowi (Indonesia) is still a secret. For Delphine Alles who is a Politics Professor and Director at National Institute for Oriental Languages and Civilizations (Inalco), Professor at EHESS and also a Researcher at Institute of Strategic Research of Military School (IRSEM), the stakes for Emmanuel Macron is to show that France will keep its high-level strategic partnership in the Indo-Pacific region despite Australia’s betrayal. She also said that the cooperation between France and Indonesia has existed since 2011 during the visit of Francois Fillon who was the Prime Minister under President Nicolas Sarkozy, but the France-Indonesia relationship was relatively abandoned. This resulted in President Francois Hollande afterward visiting the Archipelago (Indonesia) in 2017.
It is worth noting that France has recognised the huge potential of Indonesia for a long time that President Francois Mitterrand visited Indonesia in 1986 and France has been trying to “strengthen” its business with Indonesia ever since. Besides being a country rich in natural resources, Indonesia is the 4th most populous country with 270 million inhabitants and an immense resource of well-educated smart highly promising young people. This makes anyone and any country want to do business with Indonesia, understanding the richness of the country.
Delphine Alles further stated that for the moment France would like to deepen its existing relationship with Indonesia, which is precisely about Indonesia’s promise to buy 38 French fighter jets Rafale worth USD 2.9 Billion (Rafale price is approximately USD 80 million each) OR Indonesia’s willingness to take common actions against climate change.
This French threat to Indonesia to buy its Rafale came after Indonesia took a retaliatory measure against France by not wanting to buy its fighter jets if France pass a green law that stops the palm oil import or reduce the palm oil importation through higher taxes. Total, French oil corporation has been actively involved in the deforestation of South East Asia notably Indonesia and Malaysia for its palm oil plantations.
The #COP26 will succeed if we state, loudly and clearly, our shared determination to end deforestation. France was the first European country to adopt a strategy for combatting imported deforestation. The lungs of our planet are at stake and we need to save them.— Emmanuel Macron (@EmmanuelMacron) October 31, 2021
Emmanuel Macron on his Twitter boasted: “The COP26 will succeed if we state, loudly and clearly, our shared determination to end deforestation. France was the first European country to adopt a strategy for combatting imported deforestation. The lungs of our planet are at stake and we need to save them.”
This is an utterly blatant lie and hypocrisy from Macron as France helps and serves its multinational corporations such as Total to do the pillaging all over the world. Total is the main actor behind the imported deforestation of Indonesia, Malaysia, and French Guiana. Therefore, France is the Sponsor of Imported Deforestation. France is definitely neither a country that combats deforestation nor the first European country that does that. In fact, France is the Perpetrator of Deforestation and Environmental Destruction that cause the Climate Change Crisis.
Coverage from Mediapart titled “In Uganda, France is at the service of Total”.
“La France, Complice Des Ravages de TOTAL en Ouganda” (France is Complicit in the Total’s Pillaging and Environmental Destruction of Uganda).
“Total Endanger The Coast of Guiana”. Here in this video from Le Media, the spokesperson of “Stop Petrole Offshore” explains how Total is going to destroy the environment on the coast of Guiana to extract 500 million to 1 billion barrels of oil of the coast’s oil reserves. The project will start this December until 2022. This Total’s project that is fully approved by the French government not only aggravates climate change by the continuing use of fossil fuel but also endangers the ecosystem, killing the animals (turtle, dolphin, whale, etc) and plants surrounding it.
Delphine Alles also mentioned that these powerful Indo-Pacific countries do not want an exclusive bilateral partnerships with France. In the case of Indonesia, Delphine Alles stated that Indonesia neither wants a special military alliance with France nor the continuing presence of the French military in its water territory.
The AUKUS showed the fragility of doing international business and France’s diminishing power in the world. And this is where Indo-Pacific plays a huge role, especially Indonesia’s role. As Delphine Alles confirmed it in her words: “Our country didn’t expect this incident, but ASEAN changes by the intermediary of its states’ business members, and for Indo-Pacific, it is Indonesia who plays this important role.”
A business promise will stay a business promise without a legally binding contract or business agreement. Whether Indonesia can be “threatened” or “bullied” into buying French weapons and arms is interesting to see as these two countries’ bilateral relationship evolves in the ever-changing world’s geopolitical sphere.
Could “France’s Strategic Moves” to Indo-Pacific be an Imperialist Maneuver to defend or expand its declining Empire against the threat of the USA and the rising power of China? The answer is yes according to the defence strategy defined by the French Ministry of the Armed Forces (Ministère Des Armées).