Great Blog Post On The Paris Accords

7pm Monday…

Last week President Trump decided that the USA would pull out of the nearly world-wide agreement to limit carbon dioxide emissions signed by President Obama in 2015.  Of course the media went nuts with the story, but what does it REALLY mean?  I was thinking of posting about it, but then Professor Cliff Mass up at the UW wrote an EXCELLENT article detailing some facts (and some opinion) on what just happened and what he thinks should happen going forward.  He did a far better job than I ever could!  Here’s a quote:

“…First, the reality check.   Some politicians,  the media, and others have claimed that the loss of the Paris Accord is nearly the end of the world.  In truth, the Paris Accord was a voluntary agreement, with little teeth, and inadequate to do the heavy lifting that is necessary to deal with increasing greenhouse gases.  The voluntary national reductions would have only a minor impact on rising temperature, perhaps reducing the warming by a few degrees fifty years from now.”

and another quote referring to the political wasteland that the Climate Change discussion has become:

“Both the left and the right have used global warming as political tools and as litmus tests of “right thinking.”    Both sides need to stop doing this.  It wasn’t long ago (2008) that Senator McCain, the Republican presidential candidate, talked about the need to deal with global warming.  More recently the Republican party made skepticism about global warming an official tenet of their belief system.   Democrats and “progressives” have taken a similar tack, making  global warming action a central principle of their belief system.  And they have made the serious mistake of connecting climate change to their political goals (such as equity, racism, labor practices) and have participated in exaggerating current climate impacts in order to push folks  to “do the right thing.”

It was such a great read that I insist you read it yourself here:


Enjoy and discuss…Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen


7 Responses to Great Blog Post On The Paris Accords

  1. Jeff says:

    Just because the agreement is largely symbolic does not mean it is unimportant. Baby steps have to be taken before the giant steps that are needed can be taken. There are some positive signs. I see little remaining climate change denial, and it is encouraging that most of the rest of the world is going to press forward and not use the U.S. as an excuse to bail out.

  2. Josh "The Snowman" from Gladstone,OR says:

    Proper topic heading would be how violent liberal scum have ruined Portland. Peaceful rally on Saturday because real Americans understand free speech. Sunday turns into flash grenades because masked liberal morons still can’t accept a real American won the election. What a bunch of worthless savages. Get a job.

  3. Lynn says:

    Thank you thank you!!

  4. Boring 550' says:

    There will never be any global agreements that will work. This deal was going to do nothing to combat global warming, and the United States had to be the ones to compromise, par for the course, by paying other countries and giving them more time before they have to regulate themselfs. Because we have endless funding, right? I’m very happy we have pulled out of the deal, and hope the government stops overreaching on literally everything.

  5. JERAT416 says:

    Wow is the weather really that boring to need to bring this up? There is a lot more to talk about than the dog days of summer or the nonstop rain of winter.

  6. Paul D says:

    Keep buying those gas sucking SUV’s Americans.

  7. Tony says:

    I’m disappointed, Mark, in the willingness to bet the lives of our children and grandchildren on a technical solution.

    If technology assists us, great, if it saves us, better, but to pretend that we can keep sprawling and driving everywhere and technology will make it ok is wishful thinking.

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