Warmists Reach “Bare Minimum” Deal At #COP20Lima
And the NY Times’ Coral Davenport is super pumped about this. I know she’ll be working hard to get the NY Times to come up with its own plan to reduce their carbon footprint, things like doing away with the use of fossil fuels to deliver their paper, stopping the use of AC and heat at the NY Times building, stopping the use of killing trees to publish their paper, and stopping the use of energy to put their paper on the web. So, essentially, no longer be in business.
Negotiators from around the globe reached a climate change agreement early Sunday that would, for the first time in history, commit every nation to reducing its rate of greenhouse gas emissions — yet would still fall far short of what is needed to stave off the dangerous and costly early impact of global warming.
“For the first time in history”. Because our forefathers were generally not this stupid. And that global warming? Stalled for 18 years and 2 months.
The agreement reached by delegates from 196 countries establishes a framework for a climate change accord to be signed by world leaders in Paris next year. While United Nations officials had been scheduled to release the plan on Friday at noon, longstanding divisions between rich and poor countries kept them wrangling through Friday and Saturday nights to early Sunday.
The agreement requires every nation to put forward, over the next six months, a detailed domestic policy plan to limit its emissions of planet-warming greenhouse gases from burning coal, gas and oil. Those plans, which would be published on a United Nations website, would form the basis of the accord to be signed next December and enacted by 2020.
And, much like with Kyoto, nations would fail to stay with the plans. Virtually none of the signatories of the Kyoto Protocol were able to stay within their pledged CO2 output limits. And the “developing nations” did not want anything to do with having to report their own emissions.
The freshly struck agreement, the Lima Accord, sends the obligation of devising a plan to cut carbon emissions back to the nations’ capitals — and its success or failure rests on how seriously and ambitiously the parliaments, congresses and energy, environment and economic ministries of the world take the mandate to create a new policy.
Since when can the United Nations tell the United States what to do with our political and national policy? It actually doesn’t matter, because Team Obama is too lazy to put together more than a rough outline written on a cocktail napkin obtained from the 19th Hole, and the soon to be GOP controlled Senate will not approve any plan.
Some environmental groups criticized the compromise deal for watering down language that would have bound countries to more rigorous transparency requirements — such as using similar timetables and baseline years from which emissions would be cut. The accord recommends that governments use those metrics, but does not require it.
“It’s the bare minimum of what we need, but we can work with it to get the pressure on,” said Alden Meyer, president of the group Union of Concerned Scientists. Mr. Meyer and other experts said they expected outside nongovernmental groups, research organizations and universities to perform independent analyses of countries’ carbon-cutting plans in order to assess how all the plans stack up in comparison.
Gotta love that: “some environmental groups”. In fact, the so-called developing nations, which never seem to develop and rely on money from the 1st World nations, were very upset over this agreement, particularly since it did not include a mechanism to forcibly take money from 1st World nations and redistribute it to those developing nations, what is being termed “loss and damage”. The NY Times is trying to spin this as just a bunch of small complainers. Most knowledge that it is extremely weak, and many note that it could make it very difficult to come up with a real accord in Paris next year (bummer).
But, hey, those politicians, bureaucrats, non-governmental groups, and all sorts of folks, roughly 12,000 of them, had a good time, taking fossil fueled flights, partying, demonstrating, destroying a Peruvian national treasure, then taking fossil fueled flights home. All for a 4 page report.