No, I’m not talking about the Paris Accords … I’ll get to them later.
I’m talking about Christmas shoppers strolling the streets of DC in shirtsleeves with temps in the 70s.
I heard a lot of comments like “This is sweet” and “Who needs Florida?”
I didn’t overhear anybody saying “But, what will happen to the earth 10,000 years from now?” or “How about those Paris Accords?”
So, I feel obligated to draw attention to the “historic” Paris Climate Change Accords.
Here’s the essence of the Accords as I understand them:
Citing millions of years of earth history and tenuous, future-aimed climate models, 200 nations agreed that the earth will crater if temperatures increase by 2 degrees over pre-industrial temperatures.
And, they agreed that mankind is the culprit and that fossil fuels (think, coal & oil) are the weapons of mass destruction.
So, they (the 200 nations) agreed to set an aspirational goal of keeping the heat rise contained at 1.5 degrees.
All nations will craft plans to achieve the goals by the year 2100 (yes, you read that right) … and report on progress every 5 years.
Satellites will be launched to precisely measure the earth’s temperature and repeatedly rat-out out China and India for lying.
And, what if countries do lie and cheat?
No problem, since the agreement is strictly voluntary.
It’s basically up to them whether or not they actually do anything other than run their mouths and meet in Paris.
Of course, any countries that don’t keep their promise will be shamed.
You know, like Iran is now facing global wrath for violating the “historic” nuclear deal by continuing to test-launch nuclear-warhead-capable ICBMs aimed at the U.S.
So, what’s the bottom line?
John Kerry’s take:
“The fact is that even if every American citizen biked to work, carpooled to school, used only solar panels to power their homes, if we each planted a dozen trees, if we somehow eliminated all of our domestic greenhouse gas emissions, guess what – that still wouldn’t be enough to offset the carbon pollution coming from the rest of the world.” Source
Well put, John.
If governments don’t care that their people have to walk around wearing face masks because of the pollution, a little public shaming isn’t going to motivate them much to clean up their acts.
As I see it, the only tangible impact is that West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Ohio will lose their coal industries when Executive Orders are issued by Obama demonstrating his “leadership on climate change” … our electric bills and gas prices will go up … more U.S. money will be dished to shady governments in “developing” nations to finance their non-compliance … and Indian and Chinese businesses that make face masks will continue to flourish.
The good news: Every couple of years – as DC benefits from oft-repeated weather cycles – folks will be able to take shirt-sleeved strolls down M Street in December.