From December 1 – 12, 2014, diplomats met in Lima, Peru for the latest United Nations Climate Change Conference. The parties are meeting to negotiate an agreement for limiting greenhouse gas emissions to prevent Earth’s atmospheric temperature from 3.6ºF (compared to the pre-Industrial Revolution temperature), a figure to which world governments agreed in 2009.
The 3.6ºF rise in temperature is strategic because it is scientifically deemed the “tipping point” – the point at which climate change becomes unstoppable and irreversible – causing widespread drought, shortages of food and water, rising sea levels and flooding.
Thousands of scientists who contributed to the 4-volume report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reviewed approximately 30,000 climate change studies establishing with 95% certainty that most of the warming seen since the 1950s is man-made. NASA’s Global Climate Change website agrees, stating that 97% of climate scientists believe climate changes during the past century probably due to human activities.
Given that the Lima, Peru conference is the 20th Conference of Parties (COP) and the 10th Meeting of Parties (CMP) with no agreement yet, some logically doubt that an agreement will be reached. Strong evidence of the difficulties and improbability of an effective agreement are found in the United States.
James Inhofe, the 80-year-old Republican serving as a Senator from Oklahoma since 1994 and recently reelected in the 2014 mid-term national elections, is a member of the United States Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works. Due to the 2014 mid-term victories for Republicans in the Senate, Inhofe may well chair the Committee, which is responsible for environmental and infrastructure issues.
Senator Inhofe, whose background includes the U. S. Army, aviation, real estate development and insurance, believes that Climate Change is a whole lot of hooey! God controls the climate; the Bible says so. What’s more, all those 97% of the world’s environmental scientists, all those countries (including the U. S.) and NASA have been conned by that “whole liberal crowd.” The first con artist mentioned by Senator Inhofe in a 2009 interview? Barbra Streisand. Oh, sure: she can carry a tune but don’t be fooled by “The Way We Were” and such; she’s a powerful and supremely convincing environmental flim-flam artist. In response, Streisand stated, “I thank Senator Inhofe for singling me out as a voice against the perils of climate change. But I’m just a small part of millions of voices, who are informed and alarmed, including 97% of all climate scientists!” Oh, surrrrre she is.
Senator Inhofe isn’t fooled: he vowed that when the Republicans take control of the Senate in January 2015, he will do all he can to block regulations aimed at cutting emissions.
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