Killing The Paris Agreement Is Not Enough

Killing The Paris Agreement Is Not Enough, by Tom Harris.

The Paris Agreement starts: “The Parties to this Agreement, being Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change [FCCC], hereinafter referred to as ‘the Convention’,…”

“The Convention,” [FCCC] referenced 51 times in the Paris Agreement, is the foundation of the agreement. It is the 1992 U.N. climate treaty signed by President George H. W. Bush at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro and later was ratified by the U.S. Senate. It sets the ground rules for many U.N. climate agreements, including Paris. …

Article 4 in the FCCC, … states: “Economic and social development and poverty eradication are the first and overriding priorities of the developing country Parties.” …

Actions that significantly reduce CO2 emissions would entail dramatically cutting back on the use of coal, the source of most of the developing world’s electricity. As coal is usually the least expensive source of power, reducing CO2 output by restricting coal use would undoubtedly interfere with development priorities.

So developing countries almost certainly won’t do it, citing FCCC Article 4 as their excuse.

hat-tip Scott of the Pacific