Nations Agree To Report Their (Non) Progress To “Historic” Paris Climate Agreement
No matter how much lipstick you put on a pig, it’s still a pig
Nearly 200 countries have agreed on a set of rules to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions, a crucial step in implementing the landmark 2015 Paris climate agreement.
The rules describe in detail how countries will track their emissions and communicate with each other about their progress in the coming years and decades. But it stops short of committing them to the more ambitious emissions reductions necessary to slow climate change.
The meeting in the heart of Poland’s coal country unfolded in the shadow of a stark scientific reality about the threat posed by rising temperatures and in the midst of global political upheaval. In the months leading up to the meeting, a series of reports from the world’s scientists showed that global emissions are not just continuing to rise, but that nations are not on track to limit the rise of global temperatures enough to avoid the most catastrophic effects of climate change. (snip)
One of the most fundamental parts of the so-called rule book negotiated at the talks is a section on transparency, which governs what information governments must disclose to each other about their greenhouse gas emissions. Not all countries agreed going into the talks about how much information they should be required to share about their progress — and as a result, the inner workings of their economies.
The final rules set a timeline for countries to update each other, and includes highly technical guidelines for what types of information they must provide, such as sources of emissions and explanations of their internal analyses.
Let’s put that in clear language: it does virtually nothing to implement the Paris climate agreement, it simply obligates nations to say “here’s what we haven’t done in reducing our carbon emissions.” It doesn’t actually obligate nations to honor their commitments to (destroy their economies) follow through on those reduction. Nor will they. They haven’t done so so far. There were less than a handful of countries that hit their Kyoto Protocol targets. Most were not even close.
But the talks also left many issues unresolved, including whether countries will commit to transitioning even more quickly to clean energy sources, and how much richer countries will help poorer countries pay for that transition.
Which upset the moocher countries, who want that sweet, sweet redistributed climate cash, which allows them to line the pockets of the elites, build more airports, get more fossil fueled vehicles, and not be beholden to the countries giving them the money.
The Malaysian delegation called for more money to flow from countries like the U.S. — the world’s largest economy and the second largest polluter — to help pay for damage caused by climate change, saying, “We owe this to the poor and vulnerable who are paying sometimes with their lives in our part of the world.”
See? When 1st World nations would give nations assistance, they expected something in return. Now turned it into something where nations feel they are owed this cash, with no beholding.
(Reuters) Nearly 200 countries overcame political divisions late on Saturday to agree on rules for implementing a landmark global climate deal, but critics say it is not ambitious enough to prevent the dangerous effects of global warming.
Just imagine how much carbon pollution could have been avoided if 15,000+ people hadn’t taken long fossil fueled trips to a meeting which complains about fossil fuels.