President Barack Obama will meet with world leaders Friday to sign the Paris Climate Agreement, but the plan won’t slow global warming according to a climate scientist who spoke to The Daily Caller News Foundation.
Obama will promise the world Friday that America will cut carbon dioxide (CO2) by 26 to 28 percent by the year 2025, even though the Supreme Court prevented Obama’s Clean Power Plan from being implemented in February.
“President Obama should rescind his emissions pledges made under the Paris Climate Agreement for two primary reasons,” Chip Knappenberger, a climate scientist at the free-market Cato Institute, told The Daily Caller News Foundation. “The first is that I don’t believe that human-caused climate change is a “problem” that rises to a level which requires solutions which may jeopardize future well-being through energy restrictions/price increases, and secondly, it appears highly unlikely that US energy policies will actually come close to meeting his emissions targets under the timeframe that he has promised.”
The Clean Power Plan was expected to cost a staggering $41 billion annually. Yet, the plan wouldn’t have had a large impact on global warming. Data modeling created by the Enviromental Protection Agency (EPA) shows that the Clean Power Plan would only have adverted 0.019° Celsius of warming by the year 2100, an amount so small it couldn’t be detected.
“President Obama signing the Paris Agreement on Earth Day would be a disingenuous act and would show the rest of the world that we value symbolism over substance,” Knappenberger continued.
Ironically, some of the biggest reductions of declining CO2 emissions has come from industries the president fought against.