The PJ Tatler

Regarding 'Climate Change,' Countries Refuse to Put Emissions Where Mouths Are

The “climate change” scam — which is nothing more than an attempt by a coterie of political hacks to separate foolish nations and their money — has just run into a reality-based obstacle:

Climate pledges falling dangerously short, say experts

An analysis presented Monday by ClimateInteractive, a Washington-based climateresearch group, found the emissions targets presented by China, the U.S., the European Union, Brazil and other governments before the December conference in Paris leave the world on a path toward 3.5 degrees C (6.3 F) of warming compared with pre-industrial times. Temperatures have already warmed nearly 0.9 degrees C (1.6 F) from pre-industrial times to now, primarily because ofemissions from the burning of coal, oil and gas, scientists say.

That means warming would be 1 C (1.8 F) lower than what would happen if governments did nothing, said Andrew Jones, co-founder of Climate Interactive, but well above the international goal of keeping warming below 2 degrees C (3.6 ), which is 1.1 degrees C (2 degrees F) from now.


Given the glacial pace of the U.N. climatetalks in the past, the fact that just about allcountries, rich and poor, are finally committing to do something aboutclimate change is encouraging in itself, analysts say. A diplomatic solution seemed far away after a hyped 2009 summit in Copenhagen ended with a weak, voluntary agreement that pushed a more ambitious deal down the road. In Paris, the prospects of that deal coming together appear much greater, with all major emitters putting down emissions targets in advance. India is expected to do so this week, as the last of the top 10 greenhouse gas emitters. Still, it’s unclear whether the deal will include the tools to bend the emissions curves in the future enough to avoid dangerous levels of warming.


It remains unclear, though, whether governments will ramp up their emissionscuts before the carbon budget runs out. While emissions have started to fall in developed countries, they are still rising fast in China and other fast-growing developing nations.

Last week, Indian Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar told The Associated Press that any international deal must allow India’semissions to grow as it expands its economy and fights poverty. He said that means richercountries that have polluted the atmosphere for much longer should make bigger cuts to their own emissions.

“We are asking the developed world to vacate the carbon space to accommodate us,” Javadekar said. “It is our right as a nation. It’s our right as people of India, and we want that carbon space.”

“Carbon space” — the coming battleground between rich and poor nations.