Being a bona fide coal baron whose estate is paid a toll for every ton of coal that crosses it, ex-economist writer, and former Northern Rock chairman, the 5th Viscount Ridley of Blagdon is often dismissed as partisan, but he has his days, as when he asks:
THE PARIS CLIMATE TREATY IS WEAK, SO
WHY DO CLIMATE ACTIVISTS DEFEND IT?
MATT RIDLEY The mis-selling of the Paris climate treaty
THE TIMES OF LONDON Tuesday, 09 May, 2017
President Trump will decide shortly whether to pull the US out of the Paris agreement on climate change. By all accounts, his instincts and his campaign promises encourage him to do so while his daughter Ivanka and his secretary of state Rex Tillerson want him not to. He has already started rolling back the “clean power plan”, which was Barack Obama’s way of meeting America’s commitment under the Paris agreement.
If he does pull out, or send the agreement to the Senate for ratification on the grounds that it is a “treaty” — something Obama took great pains to try to deny so that he would not have to send it to the Senate — there will be a fresh paroxysm of rage among his critics. Climate scepticism is high among reasons that the left hates Trump. By contrast, it is one of the few things on which I half agree with him.
I am not quite sure why his critics mind so much. Indeed, if I were one of those who thought climate change the biggest threat to humankind bar none, then I would be far more critical of the Paris agreement than I actually am. I would rail against the fact that it is a futile gesture, neither legally binding enough to be enforceable, nor of sufficient scale to make a difference to climate change. It’s those people who most worry about global warming who should be most critical of Paris...
“The Paris agreement must be an international legally binding agreement,” said the EU’s spokesman. The French foreign minister, Laurent Fabius, even rebuked John Kerry, the US secretary of state, for casting doubt on whether a legally binding treaty was possible. Mr Kerry was “confused”, he said.
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WELL. NOT EXACTLY: MIT'S CLIMATE PROGRAM ISSUED THIS TWO YEARS AGO:
Expected Paris commitments insufficient to stabilize climate by century’s end Mark Dwortzan |