The Paris Treaty is Dead

One of the great debates amongst sceptics these days is whether Donald Trump can unilaterally withdraw from the climate “treaty” … because without ratification it’s not binding on the next president.

However, as always we “do it by the book” sceptics have missed the obvious. He will just ignore this non-binding treaty. As the Toronto Sun puts it

While Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will never admit it, the 2015 Paris climate treaty Canada signed with great fanfare died last week.

It died because of the release of U.S. President Donald Trump’s 2018 budget plan.

While Trump has to get it through the U.S. Congress, which means parts of it are unlikely to survive, his clear intention to gut U.S. climate change policy by dismantling the Environmental Protection Agency spells the death knell for the Paris treaty.

Trump is proposing deeper cuts to the EPA than any other government agency, reducing its $8.2 billion budget by 31%, laying off 19% of its 15,000 staff and cutting 50 programs.

As the leader of the developed world, America’s participation in the Paris treaty was vital to the United Nations’ Paris treaty.That’s why the UN abandoned its previous commitment to binding emission reduction targets in Paris, to get the U.S., then under Obama, on board.

A treaty with binding targets would have required Obama to get the deal approved by the U.S. Senate, impossible given its Republican majority.

At Obama’s behest, the Paris treaty was designed so he could introduce his Climate Action Plan through EPA regulations, rather than legislation. (Toronton Sun)

In other words, third rate “science”, was being used to justify political action which Obama was going to force upon the US population with no consent, bypassing congress and the senate and using presidential executive orders.

But because Obama’s actions had no constitutional backing nor any backing from any binding treaty signed by the Congress and Senate all Trump has to do is to instruct the EPA to ignore those presidential orders and the Paris agreement is dead.

In the past I’ve likened the climate issue to a war. The sceptics have now taken almost all the high ground, and now the main alarmist weapon of the “Paris Treaty” has been effectively removed from the battle. The last remaining battle is for the end of “fake science” and the return of honesty, integrity and reproducibility.

 

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