Retired NASA scientist James Hansen, regarded as the father of climate change for his long-time global warming activism, reportedly thinks the just-concluded Paris climate conference is bull***t.
What is called a landmark agreement by 195 countries in Paris reached on Saturday, each signatory nation has agreed to generally limit global warming to no higher than two degrees Celsius.
As the Inquisitr previously detailed, the biggest change, and perhaps the heart of the climate change deal, is a new stipulation that requires action on behalf of all 195 nations. In the past, larger economies like the United States have typically been the major focus, exempting developing nations like China and India from any action to address climate change or global warming.
“The accord, which United Nations diplomats have been working toward for nine years, changes that dynamic by requiring action in some form from every country, rich or poor,” the New York Times noted.
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon described the Paris accord as “a historic moment. For the first time, we have a truly universal agreement on climate change, one of the most crucial problems on earth.”
According to Legal Insurrection, the agreement contains a one-year opt-out clause for any country that wants to bail on it, however.
The climate change deal also proposes a wealth transfer if at least $100 billion a year from developed countries to poor nations to help them mitigate the effects of climate change, but that promise is made in the preamble portion of the final text – which is not legally binding.
In an interview with the Guardian, Hansen, now an adjunct professor in the department of Earth and Environmental Studies at Columbia University, insisted that the deal reached at the 21st Conference of Parties (COP21) doesn’t go far enough and perhaps was just a bunch of hot air, as it were.
“It’s a fraud really, a fake. It’s just bullsh*t for them to say: ‘We’ll have a 2C warming target and then try to do a little better every five years.’ It’s just worthless words. There is no action, just promises. As long as fossil fuels appear to be the cheapest fuels out there, they will be continued to be burned.”
Hansen, 74, is an advocate of taxing greenhouse gas emissions. “He argues that only this will force down emissions quickly enough to avoid the worst ravages of climate change,” the Guardian noted.
President Obama, who attended the conference for one day, praised the results. “The Paris agreement establishes the enduring framework the world needs to solve the climate crisis. It creates the mechanism, the architecture, for us to continually tackle this problem in an effective way,” CNN reported.
The agreement apparently does not require approval by the U.S. Senate because of its nonbinding targets. It does require individual ratification by at least 55 other countries to go into effect, however. Secretary of State John Kerry confirmed that enforcement and compliance “mechanisms were not included because Congress would have refused to greenlight the deal,” the Washington Examiner reported.
“Though the plan was hailed as a milestone in the battle to keep Earth hospitable to human life, critics say it is short on specifics, such as how the plan will be enforced or how improvements will be measured,” CNN added.
“While any real effect on the cost of business will be clear only once national governments start to enact their own reduction plans, the deal promises some clarity for businesses about the direction in which most governments around the world have committed to move…The deal also provides significant wiggle room for governments to guide future climate-change policy in a direction that best accommodates local economic and political needs,” the Wall Street Journal explained about the Paris climate change agreement as it relates to business operations and competitiveness.
According to Wired, the international delegations to the COP21 climate change conference in Paris had a massive carbon footprint, resulting in the burning of an estimated 300,000 tons of carbon dioxide.
Costs to the American taxpayer for the large U.S. delegation to the Paris climate change summit totaled about $2 million, the Washington Free Beacon claimed, which included almost $800,000 for Obama’s motorcade alone.
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Added: Purported objective journalists react to the Paris climate change deal.
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