Climate Agreement Reached in Paris

Paris climate change agreement

An historic, literally world-changing agreement was reached today in Paris. Almost two hundred leading nations unanimously embraced a plan that will leave most of the world’s fossil fuels unburned.

Following years of abortive talks and failed summits, President Obama said world leaders had finally “met the moment” by coming together and agreeing to a deal that represents “the best chance we have to save the one planet we’ve got.”

Historic Climate Change Agreement Adopted In Paris

Some advocates, however, lamented that the deal falls short. They pointed to a lack of a specific timescale for phasing out fossil fuels, for example, as well as weak language on monitoring and verifying countries’ greenhouse gas emission reductions.

“This agreement won’t save the planet, not even close,” Bill McKibben, co-founder of, a climate advocacy group, told The Huffington Post in an email. “But it’s possible that it saves the chance of saving the planet — if movements push even harder from here on out.”

Indicative of the state of American politics in the age of Faux News Channel, the only Tea-GOPer in Paris for the climate talks was Arnold Schwarzenegger, the former California “Governator.”

Where was the Tea-GOP? Rafael (“Ted”) Cruz held a last-ditch climate denial hearing in the Senate last week.

Ted Cruz Challenged Science At His Climate Change Hearing. Science Won.

All of the Tea-GOP presidential contenders, with the exceptions of Chris Christie and Lindsay Graham, either deny the conclusions of climate science or have been avoiding the issue.

  1. #1 by Larry Bergan on December 13, 2015 - 11:44 am

    Richard, stop wasting my time with this nonsense. I’m trying to find out what Donald Trump said today!

    Seriously though, that’s some pretty great news. Now, I guess we get to wait and see how badly the Republicans demolish our hopes to fit in with the rest of the world again.

    Jeb! said he doesn’t even know if he would have gone to the summit, and one of the speakers at Ted Cruz’s event was the guy who fills in for Rush Limbaugh.

  2. #2 by Larry Bergan on December 13, 2015 - 11:46 am

    Maybe, since there were more world leaders at the summit then any other in world history, the Republicans will feel some responsibility to go along.

    What am I thinking?

  3. #3 by Richard Warnick on December 13, 2015 - 4:55 pm

    James Hansen, father of climate change awareness, calls Paris talks ‘a fraud’

    While I greatly respect Dr. Hansen’s views, I would suggest that setting a goal and letting people devise whatever means they can of reaching the goal often produces results. It’s up to us to push for the next steps, even if the media tell us climate change has been “solved.”

  4. #4 by Larry Bergan on December 13, 2015 - 6:14 pm

    There was somebody on TV tonight, saying that they had to change “shall take steps” to “should take steps” so the agreement wouldn’t be killed in congress.

    Yep, it’s going to take a bit more work.

  5. #5 by Richard Warnick on December 14, 2015 - 10:20 am

    How Paris Turned The Climate Movement Into An Everyone Movement

    [T]he Paris agreement has shown the reach of the climate movement as well as its power and ferocity — from faith groups campaigning for climate action to private industry offering its own solutions. The climate movement, it seems, is no longer a fringe issue — people are starting to understand that from food security to public health, all aspects of life are wrapped up in climate.

    “The climate movement is an everyone movement now,” Ruby-Sachs said. “There are no spectators.”

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