This is insanity.
USA Today reports, Sept. 12, 2015, that preparatory talks ahead of the UN Conference on Climate Change to be held in Paris in December has representatives from developing nations asking for more than an already agreed upon $100 billion per year for climate change mitigation measures.
Third World countries claim that they’re suffering from extreme weather disasters caused by “climate change” — what the greens used to call “global warming” — and they want rich countries like the United States to pay to relocate their populations to safer terrains (climate change refugees) and as reparations for their failure to follow through on aid pledges after weather disasters.
An example of the latter was Cyclone Pam’s devastation of islands in the South Pacific last March. But attention quickly turned to the massive earthquake in Nepal soon thereafter, which left small countries such as the island nation of Vanuatu to manage its own cleanup without much in the way of international assistance.
The poorer countries blame extreme weather-related disasters on climate change stemming from emission polluting countries that have more developed and wealthier economies.
The “gimme” countries want all this to be legally binding as part of the anticipated Paris accord. But the U.S. and the EU are balking.
The U.N. Paris conference aims to reach an international, legally biding agreement on climate change that would reduce greenhouse gas emissions and thwart global temperature rise. A separate agreement will address losses and damages from extreme weather events.
As it stands, the Warsaw Mechanism, adopted in 2013 at the U.N. climate conference in Poland, established a structure to address losses and damages associated with climate change. However that mechanism is due to expire this year when a new climate agreement is reached. Reports indicate a compromise will be sought whereby the Warsaw Mechanism is extended, yet carved out from any legally binding agreement.
Meanwhile, environmental groups are lobbying to make reparations even more punitive by requiring polluting companies in the private sector to pay for extreme weather-related damages.
Property and casualty losses have been a point of contention for years in climate change discussions. How to handle refugee claims is a relatively new issue that comes at a time when Europe is facing a separate refugee crisis of its own, with hordes of people from wartorn countries in the Middle East and North Africa seeking asylum in Europe. Nine civil wars are raging in countries from Pakistan to Nigeria.
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