by William Teach | November 1, 2015 7:32 am
The increase in government control of people, private entities, and economies, along with ever increasing taxation, is never enough for the Cult Of Climastrology, a notion that consistently polls as last or next to last on lists of people’s concerns
(UK Guardian) Pledges by most of the world’s countries on climate change are likely to lead to less than 3C of global warming over the century, analysis of the data by the United Nations suggests.
The UN praised governments for coming forward with plans to limit their greenhouse gas emissions, to kick in from 2020 when current commitments expire.
The plans from 146 countries that cover nearly 90% of global emissions, known as INDCs or Intended Nationally Determined Contributions in the UN jargon, will form the centrepiece of the make-or-break Paris conference on climate change this December.
But, and there’s always a but
However, while the plans represent a significant advance on current trends, which would result in as much as 5C of warming if left unchecked, they are not enough in themselves to limit global warming to the 2C threshold that countries are preparing to agree on. This is widely regarded scientifically as the limit of safety, beyond which many of the effects of climate change – floods, droughts, heatwaves, sea level rises and more intense storms – are likely to become much more dangerous.
Well, fortunately, there’s been, at most, statistically insignificant warming, over the past 12-26 years, depending on the study. RSS shows no warming for almost 19 years. Let’s not forget that there has only been a minuscule 1.4 degree Fahrenheit increase in global temperatures since 1850.
Let’s also not forget that lots of countries made lots of pledges when they signed on to the Kyoto Protocol, and only a tiny fraction actually achieved the goals.
Christiana Figueres, executive director of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, said: “These national climate action plans represent a clear and determined down-payment on a new era of climate ambition from the global community of nations. Governments from all corners of the earth have signalled through their INDCs that they are determined to play their part according to their national circumstances and capabilities.”
Down payment. That’s the operative phrase. Because the Cult of Climastrology will always want more (while refusing to make any down payments in their own lives, of course). The smaller “developing nations”, meaning, ones who cannot compete and want to be freeloaders, want a target of 1.5C, with more money redistributed to their nations.
One thing to keep track of: the calls for Doing More because the plans won’t keep the Earth limited to just a 2C rise are growing. We were told “this is what we need to do to stop the rise of temperatures to no more than 2C” have changed to wanting more and more. This moving goal posts, and it is all about investing, as mentioned, more power in Centralized Government, along with more fees and taxes. If you give Lefties an inch, they’ll take a mile, then say that the initial inch wasn’t good enough, so give them a few more. It never stops.
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