Global elites who signed #ParisAgreement basked in the media attention, then blew it off

It turns out the Paris Agreement was basically fake news.

Beyond US President Donald Trump’s decision in June to withdraw the United States from the 2015 Paris climate agreement, a more profound challenge to the global climate pact is emerging. No major advanced industrialized country is on track to meet its pledges to control the greenhouse-gas emissions that cause climate change.

Wishful thinking and bravado are eclipsing reality. Countries in the European Union are struggling to increase energy efficiency and renewable power to the levels that they claimed they would. Japan promised cuts in emissions to match those of its peers, but meeting the goals will cost more than the country is willing to pay. Even without Trump’s attempts to roll back federal climate policy, the United States is shifting its economy to clean energy too slowly.

The Paris agreement offered, in theory, to reboot climate diplomacy by giving countries the flexibility to set their own commitments. As of July 2017, 153 countries have ratified the agreement — 147 of which have submitted pledges to reduce emissions, also known as nationally determined contributions. The idea is that as each country implements its own pledge, others can learn what is feasible, and that collaborative global climate protection will emerge. That logic, however, threatens to unravel because national governments are making promises that they are unable to honour.

Source: Nature News & Comment

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  1. The Paris Accord was NOT a treaty.. It was a lose agreement by member countries to stop pollution.. if it was a treaty.. It would have had to go through the Senate for Ratification.. Barry Obama knew it was illegal, so he framed it as an Accord.. President Trump then could easily roll it back as well he should.. It is always left out is the inconvenient fact that America was going to PAY billions a year.. aka US Wealth Redistribution to all the member countries for it’s past so-called ..polluting crimes. Turkey pulled out of it a month ago saying that if there wasn’t any financial gain ( Americas Cash) then there wasn’t any reason to stay in.. Follow the money folks. It was always about ” Redistributing Americas wealth to other countries that cannot compete with America. Simply one more way Barry Obama was trying to knock us down a few more notches for being successful and capitalistic.

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