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World Woefully Unprepared for Paris Climate Summit

Delegates from all over the world will descend on Paris at the end of this year to try and succeed at what every previous attempt has failed: the creation of a Global Climate Treaty (GCT). To that end, the United Nations asked member nations to submit plans called Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) detailing the ways in which governments would work to mitigate climate change in the coming years. It’s a sensible step—have nations develop their own strategies before attempting to conjure up some international consensus—but the UN is far, far behind schedule. Reuters reports:

…French President Francois Hollande said he was worried about a lack of progress towards a climate deal in the French capital…So far, just 37 of 196 U.N. member states have submitted plans to the United Nations, outlining their actions to slow global warming beyond 2020.

We’re nearly six months away from the start of what greens are hailing as a historically important climate change conference, and less than 19 percent of the countries involved have provided the kind of transparent policy plans the UN believes are necessary for the GCT. The UN’s climate chief Christiana Figueres has worked hard in recent weeks to lower expectations for the Paris summit, but recently downplayed the significance of just 37 member states submitting INDCs, arguing that “governments are actually very well on track” and that “there is no doubt that this agreement will be forged in Paris.”

Perhaps Figueres is right, and we’re in for a surprise this December. It’s possible that the assembled parties could push through some sort of deal in Paris, but it certainly won’t resemble the kind of document greens seem to think is necessary to stave off the kinds of catastrophic climate change they say is right around the corner. Whatever we do get is certain to lack the kinds of necessary enforcement mechanisms to make a GCT worthwhile, setting us up for a Kellogg-Briand pact redux.

And after all the work the UN’s climate leadership has done to hedge the goals of the summit, it’s a bit hard to credit this optimism. If member states can’t prepare for this meeting at the national level, why should we expect anything more than a fiasco when they take this on at the much thornier international level?

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  • George Von Herman

    to unify the un to action, just blame climate issues on israel

  • truthsojourner

    Hopefully, this will mark the end of the climate hysteria.

    • Arkeygeezer

      Never going to happen. People have been complaining about the weather since the beginning of time. Farmers are especially good at this, and politicians are great at capitalizing on it. Its either too hot or too cold, too rainy or too dry, and the oceans either rise or fall. Vote for me and I’ll attend an international conference to resolve the problem (at your expense).
      The sky has been falling since Henney Penney. Follow the money. As long as people can make money off of the weather complaints, there will be weather complaints.

  • iconoclast

    At least we know the US Senate will never pass any of these insane climate treaties. Maybe if there was any evidence that climate change was materially affected by Man and that the climate change was a bad thing there might be a chance for succes. But since the AGW models have failed the real world test and that increased CO2 is actually a good thing there is no chance at all. Which makes people hungry for control cry.

  • Corlyss

    That’s okay if the world is unprepared for the dumb-show in Paris. It’s not about the substance, it’s about the site. I’d probably pay lip-service to AGW too if the perks included a trip to Paris during the opera season.

    • JR

      I am super concerned about AGW. I demand that we have the next conference somewhere that will be affected by AGW the most (thinking Turks and Caicos, but open to ideas). I also demand to be flown there, put in an all-expense suite and wined and dined until my gut bursts. Than I get to lecture you how much I care and how better I am than you are. That would be my good deed for the day.
      P.S. Just as an FYI, JR flies first class, or JR doesn’t fly.

      • Corlyss

        No no! You want a senior staffer’s job. They get to go too! But they don’t have to do anything but schmooze and sneak out during everyone else’s speeches but their bosses’.

  • FriendlyGoat

    Does it ever worry TAI that it has enough sense to speak at least half-seriously about world problems, BUT attracts an audience of regular comment writers who usually make fun of it for doing so?

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