Monday, June 5, 2017

Pittsburgh, Not Paris

     I typically do not discuss the issue of global warming. There is too much virtue signaling from celebrities who violate the environmental standard they demand the little people adhere. Al Gore mdse himself wealthy warning the sky is falling or heating up as the case may be. The environmental movement in general attracts too many hippies, social Darwinists, eugenicists, animal rights extremists, ecoterrorists, and just about any other fringe leftist group you care to name. I do not want to deal with any of these people. I am happy there are others wiser in the subject who will take those folks on.
     Evidence of why I avoid environmentalists in general and global warming zealots specifically currently abound. Since Donald Trump announced his intention to pull out of the Paris Agreement in order to favor American industry, the left has been in a frothing frenzy. You would think Trump doomed the planet with our withdrawal.
     Here are a few realities about the Paris Agreement. It is largely symbolic. The overall goal, if successful, would lower the average global temperature two degrees by 2050. Th agreement is nonbinding, however. There are no penalties if a signatory does not meet its requirement. Dependence on fossil fuels will prevent Japan, China, and the European Union from meeting there goals. Keep in mind Trump's harshest critics—Germany, in particular—fall within the group of nations who are projected to miss the agreed goals.
     There is a reason there are no penalties for signatory not meeting the Paris Agreement goals. No country is expected to meet them. The hype is all symbolism to distract from countries pursuing their self-interest. The difference is the United States is not being hypocritical abut it.

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