Out local left is celebrating the latest UN Climate Change deal from Lima. Here is an example from the Sierra Foothill Report: Climate deal would commit every nation to limiting emissions
“Negotiators from around the globe reached a climate change agreement early Sunday that would, for the first time in history, commit every nation to reducing its rate of greenhouse gas emissions — yet would still fall far short of what is needed to stave off the dangerous and costly early impact of global warming,” The New York Times is reporting Sunday morning.
And a comment by Greg Zallar:
No change ever begins with any more than a step. This is a step and is something to celebrate. It may not be enough but it is a beginning to something that may be enough in the future. Hooray!
Any voice of condemnation is no different that a parent’s condemning a child’s first steps as inadequate, and serves no purpose.
Let’s get behind it and keep moving.
Here is the reality check from Dr Benny Peiser, the director of the Global Warming Policy Forum (GWPF), who welcomes the non-binding and toothless UN climate agreement which was adopted in Lima earlier today. Dr Peiser said:
“The Lima agreement is another acknowledgement of international reality. The deal is further proof, if any was needed, that the developing world will not agree to any legally binding caps, never mind reductions of their CO2 emissions.”
“As seasoned observers predicted, the Lima deal is based on a voluntary basis which allows nations to set their own voluntary CO2 targets and policies without any legally binding caps or international oversight.”
“In contrast to the Kyoto Protocol, the Lima deal opens the way for a new climate agreement in 2015 which will remove legal obligations for governments to cap or reduce CO2 emissions. A voluntary agreement would also remove the mad rush into unrealistic decarbonisation policies that are both economically and politically unsustainable.”
While this is all good news, we in California have a real problem. Our liberal progressive government is Sacramento will fall in line with the UN CO2 reduction demands, forcing up the cost of energy, making California less competitive in global markets with nations that are setting much lesser goals and then not meeting them, since they are voluntary and could impact their economic development. China and India are not going to damage their economy to reduce CO2, but California’s progressives will be more than willing to destroy out economy to support the bad science promoted by the UN . Remember at the UN it is all about wealth distribution, not saving the planet from CO2.