By ratifying the climate accord, the U.S. just gave China a free pass on carbon emissions

obama-chinePresident #Obama has ratified the Paris Climate Agreement despite vows from the senate to block the agreement via the power of the purse. Obama ratified the agreement on Saturday with Chinese President Xi Jinping after landing in Hangzhou, China. A White House spokesperson said the international agreement is not a treaty, but rather an executive decision, of which Obama has signed many since taking office. China, which also signed the agreement today, gets a free pass because, as the largest carbon dioxide emitter, it won’t be required to make any cuts in its greenhouse gas emissions for another 15 years.

Meanwhile, the U.S. will be required to “cut its emissions 26 to 28 percent below 2005 levels by the year 2025, with a goal of 28 percent,” severely limiting its manufacturing prowess and raising prices on anything that is powered by fossil fuels. China, however, won’t have to start making any cuts until 2030, long after Obama has left office. China can also withdraw from the accord at any time.

Trump was right

Remember when #Donald Trump tweeted:

Seems that Trump was eerily prescient. Obama ratified the Paris Climate Agreement with a country that does not have to lower its greenhouse gases until 2030, giving it a huge advantage over the United States and manufacturing. Meanwhile, China continues to open a new coal plant every week and is building new factories to meet the growing demand for cheap, foreign-made goods and steel.

Will it work?

Whether other countries sign the accord remains to be seen, but as we noted previously, averting warming by 1.5 degrees won’t occur without a complete power shutdown of all greenhouse-emitting sources, which would send the world into a new stone age. Currently, China, the United States, the EU, and India are the top greenhouse gas emitters. The climate accord can only move forward if 55 nations representing at least 55 percent of global emissions ratify the agreement. Signing the accord is the first stage before ratification.

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    The Paris document is worth even less than Kyoto because it is unenforceable .
    It is an attempt to transfer money nothing more nothing less .
    China is no have not developing country and they will continue to suck up
    north American and other country manufacturing because they have cheap labour
    (average wage 75% less than in the USA and now their own South China Sea oil and gas reserves .
    Think about it USA union leaders . The jobs leave or you are committing to huge downward pressure in wages in a race to the bottom . Yet you sit there with duct taped mouths as the Democrats threaten USA workers (fire coal workers and shut down fossil fuel ) . Grow some balls and earn your fat salaries for a change .

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    The President didn’t ratify anything. Only Congress has the power to do that. We should refuse to lend credence to the President’s and the media’s misleading language. The President may have signed it, but his signature means absolutely nothing.

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