The 2015 Paris Agreement was an interesting exercise. The nations of the world came together, ostensibly to fight the good fight against climate change. In my opinion, it was a dark Fairy Tale, designed by Globalists with a more comprehensive idea in mind, something actually different from the “good fight” that was presented to us commoners. Our President seemed to see through the haze of what it was, wealth re-distribution, virtue signaling, and ultimately globalist governance. He decided to opt out, and from my perspective, for good reason!
First, the USA was a major contributor to the economic re-distribution. We were in 2020 to start off with $100 billion in tax dollars to be given up for the “cause”, and given to 3rd world countries. In subsequent years we were to increase our contribution from year to year in order to allegedly fund the 3rd worlds effort to comply with establishing a “green economy”. It was called “common but differentiated responsibilities and respective capabilities”, which sounds a lot like a Karl Marx’s axiom “To each according to his needs, from each according to his abilities”.
The objective was to rebalance resources. Developed countries were to give dollars to the 3rd world (especially the USA) and were to increasingly decline carbon emissions, so much so that with present technology would put the 1st world into a declining economic spiral. On the other hand, the defined 3rd world, with the notable inclusion of China and India, repositories of the fastest growing economies and 2+ billion people, were actually required to do nothing. They talked about reducing emissions, but in reality, their emissions are going up exponentially, and there is no end date in sight for that to stop and reverse itself. In fact, just in those 2 countries emissions are much higher than in the rest of the 1st world, but is is the 1st world that would be sacrificing and paying the economic price.
So this agreement privileges the countries, large and small, emerging countries under the definition put forth, and severely damages 1st world countries that already have pollution under controls. The Paris convention blames the West for the world’s problems, but they ignore that the so called “privileged countries are the most serious threats. This is a completely lopsided agreement that has no chance of working, especially with the USA opting out, and Nationalism on the rise in Western Civilization.
The “free riding” is built into the model, not only with the 3rd world not being held to any accountable standards, but with the 1st not legally bound to their commitments. In fact, the 1st world for the most part, even though they give lip service to the accord, are not living up to the standards they have set for themselves. Further, technology is not developed enough to actually replace fossil fuels at this point in time, and so called “Green Energy” as it stands today will not meet future demands under any circumstance.
So, is there another approach to this goal of “Saving the Planet”? I seriously doubt it. China and India will continue to grow burning coal and petroleum. Even the EU, with most of their countries giving lip service to the agreement are in the process of building 55 coal fired electric plants. FYI, the USA has not built any coal fired plants in decades, and is in the process of retiring 26 coal fired plants in the next few years. That is in the face of getting out of this failed agreement, and counter to the dialog that globalists are putting forward.
There is also an argument that man’s input into climate change is significant, but minor to the ebb and flow of that process that has gone on throughout the history of our planet. A lot of so called “scientific evidence” has been altered to give credence to the narrative that man is the deciding factor in climate change. Computer models have been proven time and time again to have been ineffective in predicting the future of climate change, and man’s activity as the major imputes to its swings. Is there a political approach to this alleged problem? I doubt that there is.
It is my belief that the US has effectively killed the Paris accord. Even though the EU and others still give it verbal support, without the economic transfer that we were required, it will eventually fall apart. I also doubt that there is sufficient international interest in creating a new agreement, being that Nationalism is on the rise, and people are seeing through the fault lines of the climate change narrative. Further, I believe that as in our own country, individual countries in the 1st world, and some in the 3rd will continue their efforts to keep the environment clean, but it will be an individualistic national effort. Most people on our planet treasure a clean environment. Most people also do not want a 1 world government.