In the Nov. 7 edition of The Journal Gazette, there appeared an editorial by the Los Angeles Times concerning President Donald Trump pulling the United States from the Paris climate agreement. It was a “the sky is falling and we are going to go to hell” piece of hysteria.
So, I am going to share with you some of the language and facts, and my thoughts along the way, about the Paris agreement.
The very first thing about this agreement is it will cost trillions and trillions of dollars. All spending proposals by the United States, by law, must originate in the House of Representatives. Knowing this agreement did not have a prayer of passing the House or Senate, then-President Barack Obama just played king and signed us up for it.
Wouldn't you think that a subject as dire as imminent catastrophic destruction of planet Earth, and how to save it, could be stated in a simple document? Well, not when the United Nations got involved. So, here goes.
To begin, this is a 25-page document. There is a preamble consisting of 16 paragraphs, followed by 29 articles. Here are a few statements binding all signators:
Eradication of poverty. Ending hunger. A just transition of the workforce and the creation of decent work and quality jobs, gender equality, empowerment of women and intergenerational equity. “Climate justice.” Various actors. Not threatening food production. Making finance flows consistent. In light of different national circumstances. Nationally determined contributions. Developing-country Parties. Economy-wide emissions. Economic diversification. Global stocktake. Response measures. Results-based payments. Regional economic integration organizations. Supervised by a body designated by the Conference of the Parties. Public and private entities authorized by a Party. Enable opportunities for co-ordination across instruments and relevant institutional arrangements. Country-driven, gender-responsive. Vulnerable groups. Public registry maintained by the Secretariat.
This is a gargantuan hellhole of bureaucracy set up by the United Nations to cripple the United States. Within the agreement are steps to set up many, many agencies to oversee the implementation and fines if parties do not hold their end of the agreement. However, there are no set dollar amounts, so the United Nations can mitigate whatever they want, and where does a country go to challenge the charge?
This is about bringing down the wealthy countries. This is about diversifying money. This is about taking down the United States. This is about “keeping tabs.” This is about intrusion. This is about taxes. Why does a “small island developing state” have more say than the United States? What does “gender-responsive” have to do with climate change? On the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, who will appoint or select members, and what qualifications will or should they have?
Just two more things: Article 15, paragraph 1 states: “A mechanism to facilitate implementation of and promote compliance with the provisions of this Agreement is hereby established.” Article 16, paragraph 1 states: “The Conference of the Parties, the supreme body of the Convention, shall serve as the meeting of the Parties to this Agreement.”
I am not a fan of President Donald Trump. I really, really was not a fan of Barack Obama. Pulling the United States from this disastrous agreement was the right thing to do for all of America.
Dave Cooper is a Churubusco resident.