Update: Obama insisted on changing the word “shall” to “should” in at least one critical passage so it is not technically a legally-binding agreement and will not go through Congress. In other words, he will treat it as law but bypass Congress. This was also done to get unanimous agreement. Most of the countries would not have signed if it was legally binding.
We are on the brink of a climate change deal. Agreement has been reached. China won’t do a thing until 2030. India will do something when they become one of the “rich” nations. The deal calls for “rich” nations to transfer their wealth to “poor” nations run by assorted dictators.
President Xi Jinping has promised that carbon dioxide emissions from China’s rapidly developing economy will start falling from around 2030, and does not want to revisit the target. Delegates said China had also reasserted demands that developed nations do far more to curb greenhouse gas emissions, mostly the result of burning coal, gas and oil.
India, China and Saudi Arabia are happy with the agreement, unsurprisingly. “We’re happy with the agreement. We think it is balanced and we feel they’ve taken into account our interests,” Gurdial Singh Nijar said on behalf of the Like-Minded Developing Countries (LMDC) grouping of two dozen odd countries.
China is building one coal-fired power plant every 7 to 10 days, while Japan plans to build 43 coal-fired power projects to replace its shuttered nuclear units while the US is shuttering plants and harming our economy. India is adding 2.5 times as much coal capacity as the U.S. is closing.
The “final draft” of a pact would be legally binding, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said in Paris at a press conference that included United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.
Yahoo news reported it will not be legally binding.
We have yet to see how damaging and binding this thing will actually be but it looks like a nothing sandwich except Obama will use it to push more of his job-crushing, business-destroying regulations. The EPA does whatever it wants.
They have to say it’s not legally binding or Obama will have to present it to Congress and it will never pass Congress.
The document has a lot of “invites”, “recommendations” and “decides.”
They’ve decided to strive for a more ambitious goal for limiting the rise in global temperatures to less than 2 degrees Celsius; a $100 billion a year floor for funding developing nations beyond 2020; and a five-year cycle for reviewing national pledges to take action on greenhouse gas emissions.
We should be reducing monies sent to the corrupt UN, not increasing them.
What Obama is doing is making a non-legally binding agreement as binding on the US as he can make it. There will be pressure from the world on the US, on US higher learning institutions, and on businesses to go along.
It also sets up a financial mechanism by which US tax dollars can be redistributed throughout the world.
Unresolved so far is the demand for reparations from the “rich” nations and a way to “punish” non-compliant nations.
It looks like it might end up being on the honor system. Oh, year, that’ll work.
This new accord would require all countries to take steps to reduce emissions and help each other cope with climate change.
Delegates from 196 parties to the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change voted for it Saturday.
Scientists and policy experts say that would require the world to move off of fossil fuels between about 2050 and the end of the century. The treaty must be adopted by consensus and later would have to be ratified by the countries on a national level
French President Francois Hollande, meanwhile, also called on nearly 200 nations to adopt “the first universal agreement on climate.”
It will be up to business, consumers, citizens and particularly investors to finish the job,” said Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research.
Schellnhuber is a nut. Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, head of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, is also a close adviser to the Pope.
He is a radical who wrote books that insist governments must not allow temperatures to rise more than 2 degrees higher than the start of the industrial revolution, though preferably zero.
Of global warming, and as a proponent of population control, he has said, “In a very cynical way, it’s a triumph for science because at last we have stabilized something –- namely the estimates for the carrying capacity of the planet, namely below 1 billion people.”
He has called for an “Earth Constitution” to transcend even the “U.N. Charter.” Along with that there would be a “Global Council” of elite elected by “all the people on Earth.” There would be a “Planetary Court” which would be “transnational” with appeals accepted from everyone, especially if there are violations of the Earth Constitution.
A final deal is expected to provide developing nations greater financial security as they wean themselves away from coal-fired power.
It will set a “floor” for such funding at $100 billion a year, Fabius said, building on a 2009 pledge to provide at least that sum by 2020.
Reactions to the ‘historic global warming deal’ range from ‘the end of the fossil fuel era’ to ‘too weak, too late and a disaster’.