They'll always have Paris, but not much else
The hope of Jerry Brown and his predecessor as governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger, that the U.N.’s Paris Climate Summit, which they attended, actually would achieve something always was illusory. It’s part of the hope from Assembly Bill 32, the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, which promised a California dream of not only reducing greenhouse gas emissions here, but, in its words, provoking “far-reaching effects by encouraging other states, the federal government and other countries to act.”
Now nine years old, that dream has met the reality on display in Paris at the event also attended by President Obama: The summit’s accord has no enforcement mechanism, especially against such nuclear powers as Russia, China and India. Those countries, and dozens of non-nuclear powers, are not nearly as wealthy as California, the rest of the United States, Europe and Japan, yet are eager to bring their people the bounty that currently only can be gained by burning fossil fuels.
California lately has been boasting it’s the first state to derive 5 percent of its electricity from solar power. But Forbes reported California gets 29 percent of its electricity from out of state; and for 50 percent of power generated in-state, the power plants derive energy from natural gas piped in from other states because regulations here hamper the development of our own plentiful sources.
The Paris Summit advanced no mandates, only guidelines for countries to pursue. With Congress in Republican hands, little if anything will be advanced, except in one familiar area: Spending our money.
The summit pledged $100 billion annually from developed nations for a Global Climate Fund to pay for poor nations’ climate programs. Last week, Republicans in Congress, led by new House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, caved on the spending bill despite complaints from budget hawks.
Reported The Hill, “The bill, greens and Democrats say, doesn’t explicitly appropriate funding” for the GCF. “But since the legislation doesn’t formally block money for the GCF either, Obama is expected to be able to use current discretionary funding streams to send American money to it.” The amount could be $3 billion by 2020.
Reprinted from the Orange County Register
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