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Letter to the Editor, Skagit Valley Herald
April 29, 2016
Re: "175 countries sign landmark climate deal" [AP] (Page A1, April 23).
What do Barack Obama, Robert Mugabe and Leonardo Dicaprio have in common? According to a recent story, it is an overwhelming desire to save Mother Earth.
The article lauds the Paris climate change accord, the center of attention at the United Nations on Earth Day. This agreement has been widely supported, even by nations such as China and India that previously refused to sacrifice their economies to fear of the climate. Why?
Unlike past unsuccessful deals that sought actual reductions in carbon emissions, this arrangement lets each nation set its own target, called an Intended Nationally Determined Contribution. If, like the U.S., you want to cripple your economy in exchange for the possibility of small temperature reductions a hundred years out, that’s great.
If you intend to continue building coal power plants for decades to come, that is fine also. Submit your INDC accordingly.
By creating the pretense of shared sacrifice, the agreement provides political cover for true believers such as Obama. Meanwhile, other signatory nations can continue to grow both their economies and their carbon emissions. China gets a bonus, helping its geopolitical rival handcuff itself.
The article ends with a quote from Mugabe, one of the most repressive tyrants in the world. Apparently little faults can be overlooked when it comes to warming. Although North Korea was not mentioned, perhaps it should have been. In some ways North Koreans are far ahead of the Paris deal.
They walk or ride bicycles, subsist largely on meatless starvation diets and use very little energy. Their miniscule carbon footprint should be the envy of warmists the world over. And when their leader tells them something, they obey. No problems with climate skeptics who need to be shamed into silence.