President Trump should and must withdraw the United States from the 2015 Paris climate agreement.
The deal, largely negotiated by the Obama regime and other members of the G20 nations ostensibly created a framework in which every country submitted an individual plan to tackle its greenhouse gas emissions, and agreed to regularly review their progress as a means of increasing the efforts over time.
Unlike the Kyoto Protocol (the immediately preceding climate treaty failure), the Paris deal was intended to be nonbinding – ostensibly so that countries could use peer pressure and diplomacy to tailor their climate plans to their domestic situations and alter them as circumstances changed – more likely than not, as the deal hinged on American acquiescence, to give Obama a way of avoiding having a Republican-led Senate reject the deal outright.
Simply put – the Paris agreement doesn’t work.
Gina McCarthy, former head of the EPA said as much when she testified before the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology. While she claimed that the Paris Agreement was an “incredible achievement,” she was unable – or unwilling to explain exactly how a treaty that would reduce global temperatures by 1/100th of a degree Celsius was beneficial to America.
The President (Obama) has made further, and grander, promises of future U.S. carbon cuts, but these are only vaguely outlined. In the unlikely event that all of these extra cuts also happen, and are adhered to throughout the rest of the century, the combined reduction in temperatures would be 0.057 degrees.
To put it another way, if the U.S. delivers for the whole century on the President’s very ambitious rhetoric, it would postpone global warming by about eight months at the end of the century.
Now let’s add in the rest of the world’s Paris promises. If we generously assume that the promised carbon cuts for 2030 are not only met (which itself would be a U.N. first), but sustained, throughout the rest of the century, temperatures in 2100 would drop by 0.3 degrees – the equivalent of postponing warming by less than four years. Again, that’s using the UN’s own climate prediction model…
The cost of the Paris climate pact is likely to run to 1 to 2 trillion dollars every year… In other words, we will spend at least one hundred trillion dollars in order to reduce the temperature, by the end of the century, by a grand total of three tenths of one degree.
Instead, it is far more likely that a real solution to climate change will result from innovation and investment in green technology – not from the government – but from the private sector, as businesses and corporations seek and find ways to compete on the global stage.
The American revolution in fracking has led the way in reducing the use of “dirty” fossil fuels like coal and crude oil, and companies like Tesla are making great progress on developments like electric cars. Investment in these organizations should be encouraged and incentivized.
The Paris Climate Agreement fails to accomplish what it set out to do. Withdrawing will show the world that there is a better way. Technology and innovation would provide true solutions that would exceed the dreams and hopes of those who signed the agreement, and would uphold the values and ideas that not only helped America become the great country it is, but would help other nations get on the same path.