Citing India’s announcement to double its coal production by 2020, an influential US lawmaker today alleged that the Paris agreement on climate change is just a “window dressing” in the absence of mandatory targets for reduction in carbon emissions.
“The ink on the agreement is barely dry, and India has already indicated it will continue with plans to double coal production by 2020. Developing countries like China and India will continue to need affordable energy as they grow, and no agreement can change that,” Congressman David McKinley said.
In a statement, McKinley alleged that the Obama administration deliberately shaped the agreement to circumvent Congress because it knows this plan wouldn’t stand a chance of approval.
“The agreement could not be ratified as a treaty, because Congress will not go along with a policy to move away from coal and natural gas and hurt our economy, increase energy prices, and destroy jobs in the process,” he said.
“As the public reads through the Paris climate agreement they will understand that it is simply window dressing.
“While the aftermath of the agreement has been full of self-congratulatory applause and high-minded rhetoric about saving the planet, the real impact of the agreement is questionable,” he said.
“It appears to be more about President Obama’s desire to embellish his legacy than making a tangible difference in global temperatures,” the lawmaker said.
McKinley said the Secretary of State John Kerry admitted on Sunday that the deal ‘doesn’t have mandatory targets for reduction and it doesn’t have an enforcement, compliance mechanism.
“It is a feel-good exercise that will have little impact in the real world,” he said.
Coal will continue to be main source for India’s energy needs while utmost care will be taken to protect the environment in meeting over 1.5 billion coal output target by 2020, India’s Coal Secretary Anil Swarup has said days after a landmark deal was reached on climate change.
Adopted by the 196 parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, the Paris Agreement sets a target of holding the global average rise in temperature below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, and preferably below 1.5 degrees.