With the COP21 global climate summit kicking off next Monday in Paris, a new shock poll found declining support across the globe for a tough climate agreement. The BBC:
Only four now have majorities in favour of their governments setting ambitious targets at a global conference in Paris.In a similar poll before the Copenhagen meeting in 2009, eight countries had majorities favouring tough action.The poll has been provided to the BBC by research group GlobeScan.Just under half of all those surveyed viewed climate change as a “very serious” problem this year, compared with 63% in 2009. […]All told an average of 42% of those polled want their government to play a leadership role in setting ambitious targets, while another 41% want their government to take a more moderate approach and support only gradual action.“The public are less concerned about climate change, and when you put that in the context of the climate conference in Paris, the findings show less support for an ambitious and binding agreement at a global level than there was ahead of COP15 in 2009 in Copenhagen,” said Lionel Bellier, from GlobeScan.“It’s not an abrupt change of views, the trend seems to be now towards a softer approach.”
A “softer approach” seems eminently sensible to us. The fact remains that any unwieldy agreement hashed out among world leaders with wildly differing agendas will be practically unenforceable, at thus will be only marginally effective if it succeeds in moving the needle at all. The whole circus is at best a distraction, and at worst a growth-killing boondoggle which will provide the world economy with yet another layer of restrictive, expensive bureaucracy to be gamed by the nimble and to be paid for by the slow-witted.
Alas, public opinion alone has never deterred globalist bureaucrats from forging boldly ahead with their schemes. We’re nearly certain this time around will be no different.