In Paris on Saturday, 195 nations agreed to reduce carbon emissions in what is being hailed as a monumental move towards combating climate change. In reality, this was the biggest robbery in the history of the world.
While the media is busy trumpeting how much this helps the fight against global warming, the other countries are celebrating is something much different. Now it’s not only America heading down the road to socialism; with President Obama’s blessing, Western countries like the United States will be on the hook for billions in expenditures. Not to improve our own climate change emissions, but to pay for less developed countries to get on board.
In other words, this is a massive transfer of wealth.
Because Obama knew there was no chance of a legal treaty getting through the Republican-controlled Senate, there were efforts to make this the kind of agreement that we saw before with Iran. That puts it out of the hands of Republicans, but it also means that the next president can tear it up and throw it in the trash if he or she so chooses.
“Before his international partners pop the champagne,” said Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell, “they should remember that this is an unattainable deal based on a domestic energy plan that is likely illegal, that half the states have sued to halt, and that Congress has already voted to reject.”
McConnell is referring to Obama’s Clean Power Plan. Currently, many U.S. states are embroiled in a lawsuit against the administration, claiming this is a major federal overreach that will cost their economies jobs and force electricity bills to skyrocket. All of this in search of a carbon reduction that even scientists say will make little difference when it comes to global warming.
In fact, even if all of the countries who signed onto the accord do everything they promise to do, it will only accomplish roughly half of what needs to be done to combat climate change, according to scientists.
But this isn’t about combating climate change any more than Iran’s nuclear deal is about keeping them from building a bomb. It’s about giving away the U.S.’s wealth to poor countries and putting us on an even playing field with the likes of China and India. Sure, they’ll agree to the carbon restrictions if it means getting somewhere in the neighborhood of $100 billion a year from the first world.
Republicans have flummoxed the international community with their fight against climate change action, but the problem isn’t the science; the problem is taking care of this problem in a responsible way. And it is not responsible to destroy jobs and the economy to move onto alternative energy sources before they’re ready for prime time. There’s simply no excuse for that, and it’s inviting certain disaster right here and now to avoid a theoretical one down the road.