Jun 4, 2017

The truth about climate change.

I know the crisis of the moment over the last week has been the decision by the President o pull out of the Paris Accords but there are a few things to address before giving in to the hysteria.

First off, take the time out to watch this, because it speaks to the issue in perhaps the clearest and most concise way, a way that has been for the most part absent:


The takeaway here as it is for a lot of the actions Obama took during his term in office is that these were ‘Executive Actions.’

If they weren’t, they would not so easily be discarded and it speaks to the ‘Obama legacy’ more than any other thing. Remember, Obama came into office promising to reach across the aisle and work with the other side. If the Paris Accords had been submitted to Congress for ratification as any treaty is, the current President could not so readily say we’re out of this.

There were a lot of things Obama did via Executive Order and because that promise of reaching across the aisle remained unfulfilled it’s a big reason you’re seeing many of his efforts wash away like sand on a beach.

You can say it’s the evil Republicans but the truth is it’s always been about compromise and that goes for the guy currently occupying the Oval Office too. Compromise is key. We are far too polarized for my liking but our nation has ever been polarized and looking back you can see where that has always been the case.

In the meantime, here are a few little tidbits about the Paris Accords which have so readily been glossed over...

Industrialized countries have voluntarily pledged $10.3 billion since 2013 to help poorer nations reduce greenhouse gas emissions and address the effects of climate change. The United States has pledged by far the most — $3 billion, twice that of the second-largest pledger, Japan.

Notice out of 10.3 billion the US was supposed to contribute a THIRD. This money is IN ADDITION TO FOREIGN AID THE US DOLES OUT! These monies are devoted to projects in other countries, it’s charity by the US taxpayer which would be a nice thing if we had a budget surplus BUT WE DON'T!

So, we currently have huge National Debt and a crumbling infrastructure in THIS country as well as people who are in poverty but WE HAVE THE MONEY TO SEND OVERSEAS?!?!?

Let’s also talk realistically about just who does what under the Accords: 
The United States, which in 2009 set a goal of reducing GHG emissions by 17% from 2005 levels by 2020, has now announced an INDC of 26% to 28% below its 2005 level by 2025. China’s INDC states the objective of peaking its CO2 emissions by about 2030 while making  best  efforts  to  achieve  an  earlier  peak.  China’s  INDC  also  proposes  a  goal  of  20%  nonfossil  energy  use  in  2030.  In addition, in September 2015, China announced its intent to expand the country’s seven current regional emissions trading programs in to a national cap-and-trade program beginning in 2017, although specific emissions caps and other policy details have not yet been announced. China surpassed the United States as the world’s largest CO2 emitter in 2008 (Figure 9-2). In 2012 its CO2 emissions per capita were about one-third of the U.S. level, and its emissions per unit of economic output were about 70% higher than the U.S. level.

Yes, unfortunately it was truly a shitty agreement, more about show than anything else with the US once again footing the bill for the rest of the world. In the meantime here at home, local governments are already indicating that even though we are not party to the accords they will do their best to honor them, BUT WE WON'T BE PAYING FOR OTHER COUNTRIES EVEN THOUGH WE'RE DOING OUR PART!

Michael Bllomberg announced he would donate to the fund to make up for the shortfall by the US pulling out and the truth is that he and any other wealthy person is more than welcome to take the opportunity to step up and contribute and I applaud them for their charity but this IS NOT a burden that should be shouldered by the American Taxpayer.

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