The “Paris Agreement” is the flimsiest of hoped-for agreements that might be reached years in the future for goals and performance that have not been even set, let alone agreed to. It has no enforcement mechanism, but this is no handicap because there is absolutely nothing to enforce. And even this vague set of hopes — it mentions 1.5°C, so it gets cheers from the media — hasn’t even been signed yet. They hope to get signatures by mid-2017, after (of course) many more expensive get-togethers of the Parties.
And yet this deal is important. Dangerously so:
Not important in the way it’s being breathlessly touted by media, parading all of the hopes without mentioning that there is not even a single hard goal or metric for any country or even the collection of them. Not in the way Obama brags about it coming about because of his personal intervention, and inviting his adoring media to praise “American leadership.” The media responded, writing: “Obama, once a guest, now a leader in world talks.” As one commenter put it, “NYT always looking for ways to improve POTUS failing image.”
Despite being nothing more than the hopes the quarter-billion-dollar meeting started out with, and the fact that major players including India and Saudi Arabia wouldn’t even vote for it, it will be used as a club by President Obama to push through even more harmful impositions upon the people of the United States. He will push hard, taking citizens’ liberty and prosperity to sacrifice them to a global governance regime to support the world’s elites at the expense of the world’s poor.
The cost and the goal
Are millions dying in Africa because they’ve been denied effective malaria intervention by environmentalists? Yes, but too bad. Are millions dying from burning dung and rainforest wood in their huts because cheap fossil fuel is an affront to environmentalists? Yes, but too bad. Mother Earth (really, its “caretaker,” global government) comes first, and must be satisfied.
The United Nations leadership is delighted, of course. They are crowing about this deal being a victory against free enterprise, and they continue to push to eliminate capitalism from the planet using “global warming” as the current weapon of choice. The executive secretary of the UN’s Framework Convention on Climate Change, Christiana Figueres, said in February 2015:
This is the first time in the history of mankind that we are setting ourselves the task of intentionally, within a defined period of time to change the economic development model that has been reigning for at least 150 years, since the industrial revolution. That will not happen overnight and it will not happen at a single conference on climate change, be it COP 15, 21, 40 – you choose the number. It just does not occur like that. It is a process, because of the depth of the transformation.
Big corporations, political donors, and other influence peddlers are scrambling to be on the right side of this “transformation” when the favors and deals are handed out, which is why fossil fuel-linked donors contributed some $40 million to host the Paris conference.
Remember when their goal was merely to “heal the planet”? To catastrophists, the free market must be destroyed by the new system they will set up and run, with the help of lucrative pet corporate cronies. And despite all the shouting about this year being our “last chance” (which they missed, of course), Figueres is content to do this push to end the free market for decades.
The parties to the conference don’t have to mince words as Figueres did. From one of the official plan documents, here are guiding principles, from what they must worship to what they must destroy:
The capitalist system promotes consumerism, warmongering and commercialism, causing the destruction of Mother Earth and humanity. The capitalist system is a system of death. Hence, capitalism is leading humanity towards a horizon of destruction that sentences nature and life itself to death. In this regard, for a lasting solution to the climate crisis we must destroy capitalism.
So the first points of their offered plan make this goal clear, while again emphasizing the “Mother Earth” fake religion of catastrophism:
1. Adoption of a new model of civilization in the world without consumerism, war-mongering, and mercantilism, a world without capitalism; build and consolidate a world order of Living Well that defends and promotes the integral rights of our peoples, undertaking the path of harmony with nature and respect for life.
They also want to strip the US of its military defenses. Completely.
8. Allocate the resources of the military machinery of the imperial powers and the war-mongers to finance the activities of the peoples against climate change.
Of course they’re all pushing for a global government, and in this case a Shariah-style religious court to judge sinners against Mother Earth. This is not an exaggeration: They seriously call it “the International Court of Justice for Climate and Mother Earth.”
Before the meeting, UN climate chief Christiana Figueres was pushing the idea that fighting climate change was good for individual nations’ economies. That’s true, in the short term, if you are one of the many “developing nations” and cronies lining up to get handouts from the developed nations lining up to be punished. In the long term, of course, her socialist experiments have a long history, with hundreds of millions dead and billions in poverty.
But Figueres was quite facile in other lies. For example, about China’s coal usage, she recently said:
What we do know is that there is extraordinary commitment on the part of (the) Chinese leadership to bring their emissions down, to reduce their consumption on coal. Yes, of course they have huge coal consumption now; that is their baseline, and they’re working away from that and down from that.
So, from her statement here, you’d expect China to be at the peak of coal usage, their “baseline” is “now,” and that they’re and heading “down from that” baseline. And thus, the US needs to continue its cuts, to be fair to China. But this is far from true: China has been adding the equivalent of an entire United States-worth of coal usage every few years, and will continue to do so for decades:
They have more than 150 coal plants in the pipeline, adding several new plants every month. The same article documents 43 coal power plants under way in Japan (which is also building new plants in India and Bangladesh) while the US voluntarily shuts down its own inexpensive energy supply which drives its prosperity, and indirectly that of the world.
Energy price mix
It is only the tremendous recent success of hydraulic fracturing, and thus the great expansion of new oil and gas supplies, that has somewhat hidden Obama’s effect on the US energy economy.
Electricity cost is way up (California going up by up to 80% this year) and the shutdown of coal has cost many jobs, but gas prices are down and fracking is taking up some of the job slack. But it’s not the same jobs, nor are the former miners being absorbed. Their livelihoods are being destroyed, while Obama seeks some way to shut down fracking.
The Paris Agreement is one way. Despite its being an unsigned, toothless farce of a vague pretend-agreement, Obama is already crowing about it and will use it to do more harm to the US in every way he can imagine.
Watch out! It will be a dangerous year for liberty.
And the free market, which had lifted billions of people from abject poverty, is under attack from elites perfectly content to sacrifice those billions to gain power.
===|==============/ Keith DeHavelle
- THE PRESIDENT: In my first inaugural address, I committed this country to the tireless task of combating climate change and protecting this planet for future generations. Two weeks ago, in Paris, I said before the world that we needed a strong global agreement to accomplish this goal -- an enduring agreement that reduces global carbon pollution and sets the world on a course to a low-carbon future. A few hours ago, we succeeded. We came together around the strong agreement the world needed. We met the moment. I want to commend President Hollande and Secretary General Ban for their leadership and for hosting such a successful summit, and French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius for presiding with patience and resolve. And I want to give a special thanks to Secretary John Kerry, my Senior Advisor Brian Deese, our chief negotiator Todd Stern, and everyone on their teams for their outstanding work and for making America proud. I also want to thank the people of nearly 200 nations -- large and small, developed and developing -- for working together to confront a threat to the people of all nations. Together, we’ve shown what’s possible when the world stands as one. Today, the American people can be proud -- because this historic agreement is a tribute to Amer