The Silliest Post-COP21 Headline Ever?

It’s been a few weeks since the U.N.’s Paris Climate Conference (COP21) ended. Mainstream media from around the globe praised the impotent agreement, as though anyone expects political promises to be kept.  The COP21 agreement reminded me of the proverb A promise is a comfort for a fool.

Fantasy headlines read:

There are many more.

But one headline made me laugh out loud. It still makes me smile. It was penned by none other than SkepticalScience’s Dana Nuccitelli, whose article was posted at his home blog SkepticalScience and at TheGuardian two weeks ago.  His headline read:

The Paris agreement signals that deniers have lost the climate wars

Mr. Nuccitelli needs to ask himself why the U.N.’s climate agreement is non-binding…why the “shalls” were replaced with “shoulds”…why the teeth of the agreement were extracted…why commitments became empty promises. (See proverb above.)  Answer: Republican members of congress—who Mr. Nuccitelli would most assuredly classify as deniers—would never have ratified an agreement that actually commits the United States to reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

I have yet to find another post-COP21 headline that made me laugh as hard, though the Independent’s “COP21: President Obama celebrates Paris deal that ‘transformed the US’” came in a close second.

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About Bob Tisdale

Research interest: the long-term aftereffects of El Niño and La Nina events on global sea surface temperature and ocean heat content. Author of the ebook Who Turned on the Heat? and regular contributor at WattsUpWithThat.
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12 Responses to The Silliest Post-COP21 Headline Ever?

  1. Thanks, Bob. I needed a laugh!

  2. I realize Dana needs to pander to his followers, but that “denier” insult sure makes him lose credibility. I prefer “individuals who refuse to accept my preferred climate sensitivity to CO2 atmospheric concentration”.

    The title should be changed to “The Paris agreement signals that individuals who refuse to accept my preferred climate sensitivity to CO2 atmospheric concentration have lost the war over the climate sensitivity parameter”.

  3. Gail Combs says:

    Bob,
    I am a bit worried that COP21 was a headfake.
    The real treaty is the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement which has Republican support and can not be modified by Congress thanks to TPA. They just released the 5,544-page text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership The agreement involving 12 countries comprises nearly 40 percent of global economic output.

    Unlike some other treaties the TPP has enforcement. Worse, as can be seen if you read between the lines it has ENFORCEMENT FOR OTHER TREATIES! The Groniad says this about the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement:

    Leading arbitration lawyer, George Kahale (chairman of Curtis, Mallet-Provost, Colt & Mosie LLP, an international law firm) says there are critical loopholes in the Trans-Pacific Partnership’s investment chapter that leave Australia wide open:

    ….an MFN clause is tantamount to a classic wipeout move. It would enable foreign corporations from TPP states to make a claim against Australia based on the ISDS provisions in any other trade deal Australia has signed, no matter which country it was signed with. That means it does not matter how carefully the TPP is drafted: foreign investors can cherrypick another treaty Australia has signed, and sue the Australian government based on the provisions included in that treaty…..”
    http://www.theguardian.com/business/2015/nov/10/tpps-clauses-that-let-australia-be-sued-are-weapons-of-legal-destruction-says-lawyer

    a href=” https://ustr.gov/about-us/policy-offices/press-office/press-releases/2015/october/summary-trans-pacific-partnership“>Synopsis FROM THE US GOVERNMENT
    It had this nasty surprise:

    ENVIRONMENT
    As home to a significant portion of the world’s people, wildlife, plants and marine species, TPP Parties share a strong commitment to protecting and conserving the environment, including by working together to address environmental challenges, such as pollution, illegal wildlife trafficking, illegal logging, illegal fishing, and protection of the marine environment….
    They reaffirm their commitment to implement the multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs) they have joined. The Parties commit to provide transparency in environmental decision-making, implementation and enforcement….. Finally, the Parties commit to cooperate to address matters of joint or common interest, including in the areas of conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity, and transition to low-emissions and resilient economies.

    THE TEETH

    DISPUTE SETTLEMENT
    The Dispute Settlement chapter is intended to allow Parties to expeditiously address disputes between them over implementation of the TPP. ….TPP Parties aim to have these disputes resolved through impartial, unbiased panels. … hearings will be open to the public unless the disputing Parties otherwise agree, and the final report presented by panels will also be made available to the public. Panels will consider requests from non-governmental entities located in the territory of any disputing Party to provide written views regarding the dispute to panels during dispute settlement proceedings.

    Should consultations fail to resolve an issue, Parties may request establishment of a panel, which would be established within 60 days after the date of receipt of a request for consultations or 30 days after the date of receipt of a request related to perishable goods. Panels will be composed of three international trade and subject matter experts independent of the disputing Parties, with procedures available to ensure that a panel can be composed even if a Party fails to appoint a panelist within a set period of time. These panelists will be subject to a code of conduct to ensure the integrity of the dispute settlement mechanism. … The final report must be presented no later than 30 days after the presentation of the initial report and must be made public within 15 days, subject to the protection of any confidential information in the report.

    To maximize compliance, the Dispute Settlement chapter allows for the use of trade retaliation (e.g., suspension of benefits), if a Party found not to have complied with its obligations fails to bring itself into compliance with its obligations. Before use of trade retaliation, a Party found in violation can negotiate or arbitrate a reasonable period of time in which to remedy the breach….

  4. Gail Combs says:

    Bob,
    I am a bit worried that COP21 was a headfake.
    The real treaty is the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement which has Republican support and can not be modified by Congress thanks to TPA. They just released the 5,544-page text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership The agreement involving 12 countries comprises nearly 40 percent of global economic output.

    Unlike some other treaties the TPP has enforcement. Worse, as can be seen if you read between the lines it has ENFORCEMENT FOR OTHER TREATIES! The Groniad says this about the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement:

    Leading arbitration lawyer, George Kahale (chairman of Curtis, Mallet-Provost, Colt & Mosie LLP, an international law firm) says there are critical loopholes in the Trans-Pacific Partnership’s investment chapter that leave Australia wide open:

    ….an MFN clause is tantamount to a classic wipeout move. It would enable foreign corporations from TPP states to make a claim against Australia based on the ISDS provisions in any other trade deal Australia has signed, no matter which country it was signed with. That means it does not matter how carefully the TPP is drafted: foreign investors can cherrypick another treaty Australia has signed, and sue the Australian government based on the provisions included in that treaty…..”
    http://www.theguardian.com/business/2015/nov/10/tpps-clauses-that-let-australia-be-sued-are-weapons-of-legal-destruction-says-lawyer

  5. Gail Combs says:

    Bob,
    I am a bit worried that COP21 was a headfake.
    The real treaty is the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement which has Republican support and can not be modified by Congress thanks to TPA. They just released the 5,544-page text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership The agreement involving 12 countries comprises nearly 40 percent of global economic output.

    Synopsis FROM THE US GOVERNMENT

    Unlike some other treaties the TPP has enforcement. Worse, as can be seen if you read between the lines it has ENFORCEMENT FOR OTHER TREATIES! The Groniad says this about the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement:
    QUOTE
    Leading arbitration lawyer, George Kahale (chairman of Curtis, Mallet-Provost, Colt & Mosie LLP, an international law firm) says there are critical loopholes in the Trans-Pacific Partnership’s investment chapter that leave Australia wide open:

    ….an MFN clause is tantamount to a classic wipeout move. It would enable foreign corporations from TPP states to make a claim against Australia based on the ISDS provisions in any other trade deal Australia has signed, no matter which country it was signed with. That means it does not matter how carefully the TPP is drafted: foreign investors can cherrypick another treaty Australia has signed, and sue the Australian government based on the provisions included in that treaty…..”
    http://www.theguardian.com/business/2015/nov/10/tpps-clauses-that-let-australia-be-sued-are-weapons-of-legal-destruction-says-lawyer UNQUOTE

  6. Gail Combs says:

    I can not post what I want. (WordPress boots the comment)

    So I suggest everyone look at Trans-Pacific Partnership. It is the REAL climate treaty and has enforcement

  7. Bob Tisdale says:

    Gail, thank you for the intro to the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

    BTW, there wasn’t a problem with WordPress. I moderate all comments here. It appears there are two similar comments awaiting moderation. Should I delete them?

  8. Gail Combs says:

    Bob, please delete. I was just trying to post the first post information in different ways.

  9. You called him “Mr” when his tile is “Dr”. I think this demeans Dr Nuticelli.

  10. Bob Tisdale says:

    Frederick, according to Dana’s bio a SkepticalScience, MR. Nuccitelli has a Masters, no PhD.

    Adios.

  11. Keitho says:

    Well Gail, it looks to me that all of those bozo’s who have invested in Greenco will find their investments secure and recoverable. TTP is designed to give advantage to one narrow group and that group comprises friends of Obama and Greenco is their umbrella.

  12. According to Dr. Marlo Lewis, on December 27, 2015:
    “Dismissing the Paris Climate Agreement as a paper tiger because America’s emission-reduction and foreign-aid commitments are not “legally binding” is whistling past the graveyard. The Paris agreement is first and foremost a device for mobilizing political pressure against U.S. opponents of President Obama’s climate policies. Those would be Republicans and their fossil-fuel industry allies.”
    See “Paris Agreement Is a Real Tiger: Lock and Load”, at http://www.globalwarming.org/2015/12/27/paris-agreement-is-a-real-tiger-lock-and-load/?utm_source=Cornwall+Alliance+Newsletter&utm_campaign=52245ed7c4-Never_Underestimate_Your_Opponent12_30_2015&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b80dc8f2de-52245ed7c4-153380749

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