In his final State of the Union address this evening, President Obama will almost certainly highlight the role his administration played in securing the Paris Agreement on climate change. Following the announcement of the accord last December, he tweeted:
“This is huge: Almost every country in the world just signed on to the#ParisAgreement on climate change—thanks to American leadership.”— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) December 12, 2015
But what Obama did not tell Americans, and will undoubtedly not admit tonight, is that the accord is dangerously flawed. It is, in effect, another Kyoto Protocol since, like all United Nations greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction agreements, it provides an opt-out clause for developing nations, the source of most of today’s man-made GHG.
The Paris Agreement starts:
“The Conference of the Parties, … recalling Articles 2, 3 and 4 of the Convention.”
The ‘Convention’ refers to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), signed by President George H.W. Bush and other world leaders at the Earth