Canada under Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, along with the European Union, are ratifying the Paris climate treaty this week, putting into effect an agreement that dooms the world to catastrophic, man-made global warming.
Anyone who understands the scientific theory of man-made climate change knows that if that theory is correct, this is the reality.
Ratification by Canada and the European Union means the Paris deal will have been formally endorsed by at least 55 countries responsible for 55% of global industrial greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions linked to climate change, the threshold needed to put the treaty into effect. (Canada is responsible for 1.6%.)
But the treaty contains none of the measures climate experts have been telling us for three decades need to be put into place immediately to address man-made climate change effectively.
That is, a global agreement setting binding targets and deadlines for every nation on Earth to reduce emissions at rates far greater than any countries — including China and the U.S., the world’s two largest emitters — are implementing.
The Paris treaty has no binding targets or deadlines.
It technically binds countries who have ratified it to report their voluntary targets and deadlines for reducing emissions to the United Nations, and their progress in meeting these targets, but there are no penalties if they don’t.
Hence, nothing in the treaty is actually binding.
People who understand this treaty, regardless of their politics — which excludes most Canadian politicians, media and pollsters — agree with climate scientist James Hansen, the father of modern anthropogenic global warming theory, that it’s a “fraud”.
They know that if the scientific theory of man-made global warming is correct, the Paris treaty locks into place global temperature increases by the end of this century far above the 1.5C – 2C upper limit which climate scientists say is necessary to avert the worst effects of man-made climate change.
Those who understand this and still support the Paris treaty simply see it as better than nothing.
As the first step in getting all nations to agree to far tougher, mandatory, emission targets within much shorter deadlines than anything being considered today.
To achieve his 2020 target, which used to be Stephen Harper’s target, whom the Liberals painted as a climate denier, Trudeau will have to shut down the equivalent of Canada’s electricity sector and most of the agricultural sector in less than five years.
To achieve his 2030 target, Trudeau will have to shut down the equivalent of the oil and gas sector and more than half the transportation sector in less than 15 years
This is pure fantasy. It’s never going to happen.
The claim the national carbon price Trudeau announced Monday of $10 per tonne of emissions starting in 2018 rising to $50 in 2022 is going go get us anywhere near these targets is laughable.
So is the argument any other measures our governments are planning will get us there.
All Trudeau’s carbon price will do — as opposed to a revenue neutral, national carbon fee and dividend plan, where emissions would be priced at $150 per tonne, with all the money returned to taxpayers — is take billions of dollars annually out of the pockets of ordinary Canadians and give it to our governments to spend as they see fit.
The idea Trudeau’s plan, given the level of current emission-reducing technologies, will help “save the planet” is comical.
And the joke is on us.