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LOL. An unenforceable agreement to do the impossible!
The Greenies are right about the climate agreement just signed in Paris. They think it's a crock. It is.
Here's what the Solons agreed to in Paris:
1. A long-term goal to limit global warming to 2C, or 1.5C if possible
2. National pledges to cut greenhouse gas emissions in the 2020s
3. A plan to make countries pledge deeper emissions cuts in future, improving their plans every five years
4. Rich nations to provide funding to poorer ones – ‘mobilising’ $100bn a year until 2025, and more thereafter
5. A plan to monitor progress and hold countries to account
It's all just an expression of intentions with the only definite goal being to limit global warming. But they have no means of doing that. Warming does not track CO2 and they have made no firm committments to control CO2 anyway. And since the warming has already stopped the goal is pointless. You can't close a door that is already closed! And most of the goals are nicely in the future when most of the signatories will be hors de combat
And it has no enforcement mechanism anyway
There were tears of joy as delegates finally agreed to the world's first comprehensive climate agreement after two weeks of negotiations in Paris.
The Paris Agreement was passed with no objections by French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, bringing to an end four years' of discussion and debate.
Nearly 200 nations adopted the global pact, calling on the world to collectively cut and then eliminate greenhouse gas pollution - but imposing no sanctions on countries that don't.
To a reception of whoops and cheers, Laurent Fabius told the hall: 'I now invite the COP [conference of the parties] to adopt the decision. I see no objections. The Paris agreement is adopted.'
The plenary hall then rose to give him a standing ovation.
UN climate chief Christiana Figueres said: 'I used to say we must, we can, we will - today we can say we did.'
The first draft of the 'historic' legally binding agreement had been reached around midday.
The report confirmed countries - if they accept the 31-page draft - will be expected to work towards limiting global warming to 2C above pre-industrial levels.
However, the agreement took several more hours to reach - with one western diplomat revealing it was held up for two hours by the U.S., which was unhappy with one word.
The diplomat, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the U.S. wants the word 'shall' changed to 'should' in a clause on emissions targets out of fears that it might require the Obama administration to seek approval from the Republican-controlled Senate.
Prime Minister David Cameron said the universal climate deal agreed in Paris 'means that the whole world has signed to play its part in halting climate change', adding: 'It's a moment to remember and a huge step forward in helping to secure the future of our planet.'
President Barack Obama tweeted: 'This is huge: Almost every country in the world just signed on to the on climate change—thanks to American leadership.'
Christine Lagarde, the IMF's managing director, said: 'The Paris Agreement is a critical step forward for addressing climate change.'
Kevin Watkins, executive director of the Overseas Development Institute, said: 'It is a tough message to deliver after two weeks of intense negotiations that have delivered an ambitious deal, but the challenge governments are facing can be summarised in five words – 'now for the hard part'.'
Kumi Naidoo of Greenpeace praised the accord was a good start but isn't enough.
'Today the human race has joined in a common cause, but it's what happens after this conference that really matters,' he said. 'This deal alone won't dig us out the hole we're in, but it makes the sides less steep.'
But Friends of the Earth said it was a 'disaster'.
In a statement released by the group, they said: 'The draft Paris agreement puts us on track for a planet three degrees hotter than today. This would be a disaster.
'The reviews in this agreement are too weak and too late. The finance figures have no bearing on the scale of need. It's empty.'
Nick Dearden, director of Global Justice Now, added: 'It's outrageous that the deal that's on the table is being spun as a success when it undermines the rights of the world's most vulnerable communities and has almost nothing binding to ensure a safe and liveable climate for future generations.'
By JR on Monday, December 14, 2015
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