Climate Change

More Evidence the Paris Climate Accord Is a Farce

"Global commitments made in Paris in 2015 to reduce emissions are still not being matched by actions." Who woulda thunk it?

Jordan Candler · Nov. 13, 2017

The Left preaches that the Paris climate accord is not just an obligatory moral endeavor — the world faces an imbroglio that requires frantic countermeasures if we expect to stave off the (alleged) apocalyptic consequences of man-made global warming. Conservatives have countered that argument partly by insisting that key foreign nations have zero interest in abiding by the rules. They rightly see the accord as a massive transfer of wealth. The underlying motivation of nations to participate is the cash flow they envision flowing from the top. It’s a great scheme — if they can make it work.

Unfortunately for them, the plan isn’t coming to fruition, at least not as intended. News broke last week that the U.S. represents literally the only nation not a signatory to the Paris climate accord following Syria’s about-face. Ecofascists are furious, but the move was a sterling one, especially considering the evidence isn’t in their favor. According to a new report, the trend is already heading in the direction that conservatives warned it would. It’s been predicted that whatever positives the U.S. achieves in terms of limiting emissions output will be canceled out by other big polluters like China. New indications via the Global Carbon Project affirm this concern.

According to The Washington Times, “Several studies released by the Global Carbon Project and presented Monday at a United Nations climate conference in Germany say that worldwide carbon emissions are projected to rise about 2 percent in 2017 after they’d been flat for three years, according to preliminary estimates of this year’s data. The culprit, the data show, is China, which had kept its emissions in check in recent years but now is seeing a massive uptick in pollution. Under the Paris pact, China agreed to cap its emissions by 2030, meaning it’s free to ramp up pollution between now and then. China’s uptick in 2017, which comes after a 1 percent drop in 2015 and flat emissions last year, largely is due to the country’s increased use of fossil fuels.”

One researcher stated the obvious: “Global commitments made in Paris in 2015 to reduce emissions are still not being matched by actions.” Not that it’s America’s fault. Emissions here are expected to see a 0.4% drop this year, which is happening without the onerous requirements set forth under the Paris climate accord. We can’t control what other nations do, nor should we expect to. But we certainly don’t have to be accomplices in their devious exploits. The Paris climate accord was one of the lousiest farces ever concocted. Thank goodness the Trump administration balked at it.

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