Thursday, June 22, 2017

The Debacle (Fuckery) that is the Paris Climate Accord

Note:  Yes, this is immensely late and not Andrew's fault.  Better late than never.  Leave us a comment and let us know what you think?

It has been 134 days, 5 hours and some change at the time of me writing this that Trump has become president. To some he has done great things and to others he is the worst thing since Bush or was it Obama. I cannot keep my Hitlers straight.  The latest thing that has panties twisted is President Trump pulling the United States out of the Paris Accord.  At first glace the idea of countries coming together to fight climate change is a great idea. However, the more you dig into the deal the more things do not add up.
To start off this agreement has been signed by 194 parties.  Each pledging to reduce green house gases and provide financing starting in the year 2020. The first problem I have with the agreement is it contains unrealistic goals. These countries have promised to work on the emissions and try to lower them. However, there is nothing holding them to it. I have found nothing stating if they do not meet the demands of the agreement that they will be punished in some way.  Most of these countries I feel have signed on just to look good and have no intentions of helping out.
Obama has committed the United States to transfer $100 billion a year to developing countries to help them fight green house gases and work on green energy technology. This screams redistribution of wealth. Sadly, time has shown that this money will not make it to the people or into the economy of the nation it is suppose to go to. All this does is make the rich richer and the poor poorer. Sure, the US has pledged the money but who really gets stick with the bill? The everyday tax payer of course. I don't know about anybody else but I for one would rather keep my tax money in country and see it go towards something researching or developing green energy here.
My other problem with this agreement is the overall cost. It is estimated that this will cost $1 – $2 trillion a year.  That's at least $100 trillion by the year 2100, and the kick to the pants is according to the UN's own climate prediction model this will only reduce the temperature by maybe .3 degrees Fahrenheit. That's three tenths of a degree. I feel the reward is no where near worth the cost.
There are multiple problems the world faces with curbing green house gases.  One problem is with 3rd world countries.  Most do not have any environmental laws and that is why some companies build there.  Less environmental laws mean less hoops to jump through. Companies can dump their trash anywhere without fear.  If the world really wants to start somewhere force these companies to only work in countries with strict environmental laws.
My final problem is there have been scientists including James Hansen (NASA scientist who is considered to be the father of climate change awareness) come out against the Paris Accord. In an interview Hansen says, “[The Paris agreement] is a fraud really, a fake. It’s just bullshit 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.”
My biggest argument I have with climate change is that it has been happening for over a million years.  What I do understand is that humans burning fossil fuels have accelerated green house gases in the atmosphere which has accelerated global warming of today. I agree that we need to work on green technology but I don't agree that we need to be in an agreement with the UN or other countries to do it.  Here in the United States we can and have been promoting and developing green technology.  The only thing this agreement does it cost a lot of extra money and give the UN a say on something else that we do.  I also agree that something should be done about green house gases because it is a problem. One that is not going away.

Andrew Bobo

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