Dec 11, 2015

Statement on U.S. Commitments at Paris Negotiations

Post by Derek Yale

Arlington, VA — With climate talks in Paris stalled over major issues, including how to verify that any countries will actually follow-through on an international agreement, Secretary of State John Kerry has committed U.S. taxpayers to an additional $400 million in aid to foreign countries, doubling the amount pledged by U.S. taxpayers to nearly $1 billion. The administration intends to eventually pledge up to $3 billion in other funds.

The New York Times went on to report Kerry’s capitulation as a last ditch effort for the Obama administration to encourage talks. According to a former Clinton climate advisor, “The decision to double U.S. adaptation funding itself is a strategic play to head off loss and damage calls by developing nations. This is why Kerry is pushing these lines right now.”

Freedom Partners Senior Policy Advisor Andy Koenig Issued The Following Statement:

“Secretary Kerry’s knee-jerk concession to put Americans on the hook for millions more in foreign aid shows this administration cares more about politics than hardworking taxpayers. Lawmakers should reject the administration’s attempt to bypass Congress for a symbolic deal that would do nothing but increase our debt and commit us to mandates that destroy our economy.”

An International Agreement In Paris Would Be Non-Binding And Non-Enforceable

Secretary of State John Kerry: Any deal to cut CO2 emissions is “definitively not going to be a treaty.”(Demetri Sevastopulo & Pilita Clark, “Paris climate deal will not be a legally binding treaty,” Financial Times, 11/11/2015)

“John Kerry, US secretary of state, has warned that December’s Paris climate change talks will not deliver a ‘treaty’ that legally requires countries to cut their carbon emissions, exposing international divisions over how to enforce a deal.” (Demetri Sevastopulo & Pilita Clark, “Paris climate deal will not be a legally binding treaty,” Financial Times, 11/11/2015)

An Agreement In Paris Would Produce Nearly No Discernible Impact On Global Temperatures

The Wall Street Journal Editorial Board: “Moreover, nothing that emerges from Paris will have a discernible effect on world temperatures. Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology studied the INDCs that have been released so far and concluded that temperatures in 2100 will rise 3.7 degrees Celsius if they are followed to the letter. Then again, these are the same scientific models that predicted much higher temperatures than we’ve had.” (Editorial Board, “We’ll Always Have the Illusions of Paris: The climate talks will have zero impact on global temperatures,” The Wall Street Journal, 12/1/2015)

U.S. Carbon Emission Mandates Alone Would Produce Nearly No Discernible Impact On Global Temperatures

EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy Professed That “The Great Thing About This [111(d)] Proposal Is That It Really Is An Investment Opportunity. This Is Not About Pollution Control.” (“Pollution vs. Energy: Lacking Proper Authority, EPA Can’t Get Carbon Message Straight,” Energy & Commerce Committee, 6/23/2014)

“The Carbon Dioxide Reductions Would Only Limit Global Warming By 0.02 Degrees And Sea Level Rises By 0.01 Inch, Researchers Said.” (Timothy Cama, “Industry-Backed Report Says EPA Climate Rule To Cost $366B,” The Hill, 10/16/14)

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