Please Don’t Rip Up Paris Climate Accord

An open letter to the president-elect

An open letter to the president-elect:

Perhaps we can help you bring us together on the most important issue facing humankind. More than 97 percent of climate scientists have given you a flying start. They’ve proven that global warming is real, and we are causing it by burning too much fossil fuel. Backed by that scientific consensus, hopefully you can demonstrate your leadership ability by bringing climate change deniers and doubters onboard. Eighteen U.S. scientific organizations and the National Academies of Science from 80 countries want to help you. They already support the consensus view.

Their scientists are joined by every major religious faith in officially acknowledging that human-caused climate change is not a hoax. Scroll down to see if your faith is among them at www.mtcares.org/welcome-to-mtcares/. Climate change and our reinforcement of it no more requires a “belief” to be real than does gravity. The damage we’re doing to the planet has not and will not spare the children of deniers, Democrats or Republicans. Since, faith leaders want to see the country unite, joining with them on this issue would be a good place to begin.

In your own political party, four (Republican) former Environmental Protection Agency administrators also know human-caused climate change is not a hoax. Please bring the rest of your faction together with them.

And those secret briefings you’ll now get? Many of us respect the generals involved. Their studies advise of threats to U.S. national security within the next 20 years posed by global warming: political instability, mass refugee migration, terrorism, or conflicts over water and other resources. They conclude that human-caused climate change is at least as great a threat to our security as terrorism. Surely we can be duty-bound together in support of our military and intelligence professionals from the National Intelligence Council (NIC) (classified study for Congress), Council on Foreign Relations, Center for Navel Analysis, CIA, U.S. Defense Department, and Institute for Strategic Studies.

Nobody wants to see projections from the World Bank and the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change come true. They warn that unless we put the brakes on global warming, more economic migrants will be clamoring at our door as increased desertification and higher seas from melting ice help drive hundreds of millions from their homes to ours.

Oceans provide more than $20 trillion each year in goods and services. This bounty depends on the temperature of warming oceans and the concentration of acidifying carbon dioxide in them. Surely you do not want to see increased ocean acidification continue to destroy food sources for millions, or bleach more coral reefs adjacent to luxury hotels.

And the Paris Climate Accord you vowed to scuttle – the one all 195 participating UNFCCC member states and the European Union came together to unanimously support? Please don’t rip that togetherness apart! All but Iraq, Syria, Uzbekistan and Nicaragua have followed-up by signing it. As of November, 114 nations completed the process with ratification. They comprise 78.96 percent of global CO2 emissions.

We understand we owe a debt to fossil fuel workers who built our world economy. They should not be disadvantaged because the world is transitioning to an economy where electricity from the wind and sun is now cheaper than electricity generated by fossil fuel. The Pew Research Center’s May-June 2016 poll indicated support for renewable energy is overwhelming. It found 89 percent of us want more solar farms; 83 percent want more wind farms. Thus, fossil fuel workers will need climate justice along with those in countless areas becoming dryer or more riddled with the stronger cold and warm weather becoming the norm in our changing climate. We must care for fossil fuel workers, just as we need to look after the innumerable jobs in agricultural, ocean-food, ski, sport-fishing, tourism and other industries that will continue to be damaged if we warm the earth even more.

So be a great leader, Mr. President-elect. Bring us together. Embrace the POWER+ plan put forth by President Barack Obama to help coal communities find new routes to economic prosperity. Or champion similar measures suggested by Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, which ease acceptance into the renewable energy economy. Humankind needs your bold leadership to survive!

Russ Doty is a retired Montana legislator, consumer energy attorney and Minnesota administrative law judge who writes frequently on environmental and energy issues from Greeley, Colorado for Writers on the Range, OpEd News, and media in Montana, Colorado, and Minnesota. His website is www.MTCARES.org.

  • Concerned Citizen

    Now that the Republicans own it, we are totally screwed. The only thing they care about is money, and their personal wealth. It will be a carbon burning, forest cutting, mine polluting, coal burning, water polluting, air polluting, free for all without any regard to that (make believe) global warming stuff. Just ask Edwin Berry, he will prove that there is no such thing as global warming. Trump will “make America great again” by opening the door to allow unrestrained and irresponsible planet damaging pollution, at all levels.
    Boycott any (and every) product produced by any company that pollutes the environment. That is one thing we can do as individual consumers, and hopefully we can make a difference. Stop supporting them until they clean up their act. I also recommend not buying any products produced by any companies who support the republican ideology, for starters.

    • Craig Moore
    • Snowbird

      I’m sorry you have electile dysfunction, and none of your assertions about republicans has any truth in them.

      • Concerned Citizen

        Snowbird, making fun of people who (unfortunately), have erectile dysfunction) is very rude. They don’t choose to have it. Being a woman, you can’t understand how emotionally damaging this issue can be for some, so please try to be a little more compassionate.

        • Snowbird

          I actually stated ELectile dysfunction, making fun of their Trump derangement syndrome.
          I apologize to you if it was insensitive

    • reggiewhitefish

      I also believe we could accomplish much for the 99% if we could coordinate boycotts. Perhaps this could be done through social media?

      • Concerned Citizen

        The reality is, we have the power to bring the corporate bastards to their knees, “if we could coordinate” our purchasing choices.
        Social media would work up to the point where they fill that media with false BS.

        • reggiewhitefish

          Yes, the potential to influence corporate decisions through boycotts is very real. And, as our government is controlled by corporations and the rich, a way for us to have a say in government. Through forcing selected boycotted corporations to support our goals in government, as remedy to boycott.

  • Snowbird

    The climate changes, that is a given, it has always changed and always will change.
    The end of the last ice age was climate change, etc. the hoax that man is changing the climate due to his actions is the problem. The climate alarmists have manipulated data, lied, and used nothing but computer based climate models to make unfounded predictions. Do the polar ice caps on Mars expand and contract in concert with ours due to the Martians driving SUV’s?
    Climate change due to man is a hoax, and just accepting this is intellectually dishonest. Even the statistic they use saying 97% of climate scientists agree is false but repeatedly used to make the low information voter think it’s true
    http://www.forbes.com/forbes/welcome/?toURL=http://www.forbes.com/sites/alexepstein/2015/01/06/97-of-climate-scientists-agree-is-100-wrong/&refURL=https://www.google.com/&referrer=https://www.google.com/

  • geraldcuvillier

    It is better to have forest cutting than forest burning. This climate change is a hoax and anyone falling for it has been duped. I hope you really do put your money where your mouth is and have your electricity turned off and sell your automobiles. Also quit buying food and raise your own. It is easy to watch families that depend on jobs in the energy business lose their jobs while you have your government job and get welfare and food stamps paid for by the very people you are so eager to put out of work. The democrats have owned it for a long time and look at the mess we are in.

  • bc1952mt

    “…the world is transitioning to an economy where electricity from the wind and sun is now cheaper than electricity generated by fossil fuel.”????? Perhaps you might want to re-check your “facts”.

    • Rhett the Butler

      Perhaps you might want to look up the definition of ‘transitioning’. It’s happening in Texas, Scotland, Denmark, Germany.

      • Perrico de los Palotes

        You might want to check the definition of the word ‘now’.

        • Rhett the Butler

          before, now, after. Looks like the steps in a transition to me.

      • bc1952mt

        I was referring to the electricity cost portion. Remove subsidies and recalculate and you might find costs for “renewable” electricity is not as cheap as you claim

        • Rhett the Butler

          Let’s eliminate unneeded subsidies for oil and coal and put it to work developing alternative fuels instead of increasing profit margins for oil and coal.

  • Craig Moore

    Moving beyond the many erroneous foundation statements in your plea to save the Paris agreement, just what exactly would saving it accomplish?
    http://www.lomborg.com/press-release-research-reveals-negligible-impact-of-paris-climate-promises

    ====quote====

    Paris climate promises will reduce temperatures by just 0.05°C in 2100 (Press release)

    A new peer-reviewed paper by Dr. Bjorn Lomborg published in
    the Global Policy journal measures the actual impact of all significant
    climate promises made ahead of the Paris climate summit.

    Governments have publicly outlined their post-2020 climate
    commitments in the build-up to the December’s meeting. These promises
    are known as “Intended Nationally Determined Contributions” (INDCs).

    Dr. Lomborg’s research reveals:

    The climate impact of all Paris INDC promises is minuscule: if we measure the impact of every nation fulfilling every promise by 2030, the total temperature reduction will be 0.048°C (0.086°F) by 2100.

    Even if we assume that these promises would be extended for another 70 years, there is still little impact: if every nation fulfills every promise
    by 2030, and continues to fulfill these promises faithfully until the
    end of the century, and there is no ‘CO₂ leakage’ to non-committed
    nations, the entirety of the Paris promises will reduce temperature rises by just 0.17°C (0.306°F) by 2100.

    US climate policies, in the most optimistic circumstances, fully achieved and adhered to throughout the century, will reduce global temperatures by 0.031°C (0.057°F) by 2100.

    EU climate policies, in the most optimistic circumstances, fully achieved and adhered to throughout the century, will reduce global temperatures by 0.053°C (0.096°F) by 2100.

    China climate policies, in the most optimistic circumstances, fully achieved and adhered to throughout the century, will reduce global temperatures by 0.048°C (0.086°F) by 2100.

    The rest of the world’s climate policies, in the most optimistic circumstances, fully achieved and adhered to throughout the century, will reduce global temperatures by 0.036°C (0.064°F) by 2100.
    ====end quote===

  • reggiewhitefish

    So far this is a page full of deniers. This is one of several subjects (voter disenfranchisement is another) where Republicans refuse to acknowledge reality because to do so would require them to face a very difficult problem. So much easier to pretend that some “other” is lieing to cause unnecessary problems, but why would anybody do that?

    Get your head out of the sand. The longer we put off addressing this problem, the worse it gets, on a nonlinear curve.

    • Snowbird

      University of Anglia showing they colluded to manipulate data was made up by right wing deniers.
      All the predictions that have not come true is because right wing deniers somehow delayed the inevitable,
      The polar ice caps of Mars which mirror our own were somehow manipulated by right wing deniers
      The end of the ice ages was caused by the evil troglodytes who invented fire and polluted earth at the time.
      It’s never been warmer on earth, oh wait, yes it has
      There has been no warming for 18 years, that is fact, and the bedwetters are still trying to come up with an explanation for that.
      There is no empirical evidence for anthropogenic global warming and the priests in your religion, like al gore and Leo decaprio are hypocrites

      • reggiewhitefish

        Is this an attempt at “dump trucking”?

        Again, why would anyone do that?

        Many predictions have actually turned out to be happening faster than predicted.

        Polar ice caps on Mars are only showing a fraction of the changes as ours.

        ?

        No one claimed that.

        Here is fact…Last year was the warmest on record and this year will probably be warmer.

        All evidence (Not generated by fossil fuel funded scientists) shows what the vast majority of scientists agree on….man caused global warming.

        And, no rightwing deniers did not come up with these bogus claims, paid/bribed “scientists” did. You duped authoritarian followers just believe whatever your chosen sources of misinformation tell you to believe.

        Did you know that Fox “news” won a court decision that allows them to lie during “news” broadcasts?

        • Snowbird

          How does the kook aid taste?
          I think I’ll go drive my Hummer now

          • reggiewhitefish

            As usual with you, insults and taunts, but no substance.

    • Perrico de los Palotes

      You’re the one who’s in denial.

      • Rhett the Butler

        I usually get that kind of childlike response from old geezers at a loss for words, so getting it from an actual child shouldn’t surprise me.

  • Snowbird

    Yeah, the emails from the alarmists at the University of Anglia showing they colluded to manipulate data was made up by right wing deniers.
    All the predictions that have not come true is because right wing deniers somehow delayed the inevitable,
    The polar ice caps of Mars which mirror our own were somehow manipulated by right wing deniers
    The end of the ice ages was caused by the evil troglodytes who invented fire and polluted earth at the time.
    It’s never been warmer on earth, oh wait, yes it has
    There has been no warming for 18 years, that is fact, and the bedwetters are still trying to come up with an explanation for that.
    There is no empirical evidence for anthropogenic global warming and the priests in your religion, like al gore and Leo decaprio are hypocrites

    • Rhett the Butler

      It’s funny how the AGW deniers get more and more shrill the longer their list of debunked talking points gets.

      • Snowbird

        The only debunking going on is of the bedwetting climate alarmists bogus claims.
        Your electile dysfunction is showing

        • Rhett the Butler

          swing and a miss

          • Snowbird

            3 strikes and you’re out!!!

          • Rhett the Butler

            A nonsensical non sequitur is the best you’ve got?

          • Snowbird

            To follow a non sensual primatur?
            Funny how when lobs are confronted with the fallacies in their idiotic views, they wet the metaphorical bed, and claim the opposing argument is flawed because their AGW religion is shown to be stupid

          • Rhett the Butler

            If only ‘primatur’ was actually a word.

          • Snowbird

            Nonsense.
            Lol
            Demonstrating absurdity with the absurd

          • Rhett the Butler

            lame

      • Perrico de los Palotes
  • Snowbird

    And don’t give me the glaciers are melting! The glaciers are melting! Chicken little
    They have done that many times before. Where do you think the Flathead valley and glacier park came from?
    Oh, and all you hybrid drivers- don’t you realize that your hybrid batteries are bad for the environment.? Actually much worse than my carbon footprint?
    Oh, and your electric car drivers that think you are so environmentally conscious– where does your electricity come from? You are actually driving coal burners. So you bed wetting climate Alarmists should all just take a deep breath!
    Or are you afraid to?

  • Snowbird

    Also, the 97% of scientists agree claim is bogus. That claim comes from 97% of 79 scientists who answered a questionnaire. None of them were planetary scientists, physicists etc, but self described climatologists.
    Read this article to explode that bogus claim
    http://www.nationalreview.com/article/425232/climate-change-no-its-not-97-percent-consensus-ian-tuttle

  • dee

    Millions of years ago, the Arctic Sea was a troplcal pond. There were no” Climate change deniers “. It was just the earth doing its thing.
    Later on, the earth cooled, and we had an “Ice Age”. Species died, and others took their place. This has been the way of the world for, perhaps, billions of years.
    Alternative energy is not a bad thing, (maybe too expensive). The government would be well advised to subsidise, or even give solar panels away to offset rising fossil fuel prices, and to reduce pollution. (The power companies would have to be FORCED to buy back excess power at reasonable rates.)
    The scam of “Global Warming” is something the U.S., and the rest of the world can do without. It is being used to impose draconion regulations upon energy producers, and will force many Americans into financial hardship.
    Trump and his administration may have many drawbacks, but they seem set to take on the costly mistakes that the “Global Warming ” crowd was ready to cram down our throats. ..

    • Rhett the Butler

      Power companies in AZ, NV and FL aggressively seek to make the use of solar panels as inconvenient and expensive as possible.

      And you close with that old rightwingnut chestnut invoking homo-erotic violence.

      • dee

        You have have lost your f×*%ing mind. Your replies make no sense.
        Put down the crack pipe, and go to rehab…

        • Rhett the Butler

          Heh.

          • Snowbird

            So articulate

      • Snowbird

        Wrong again as you always are,
        I live in Az part time and they actually give tax rebates here. You should listen to dee

        • Rhett the Butler

          They must have ‘seen the light’. How many solar panels do you have?
          =========
          “Over the past several years Arizona has become one of the fastest growing solar markets in the United States due in
          large part to a strong policy framework coupled with excellent market fundamentals. However, as of February 2013 Arizona’s solar incentive program was severely curtailed and uncertainty now surrounds the future prospects of the state’s solar industry, leaving many wondering what the impact of these cuts will be.

          These incentives, both production-based and up-front, were part of the state’s Renewable Energy Standard and Tariff (RES)
          which sets out to have the state procure 15% of its electricity from
          renewable sources by 2025. Utilities in Arizona, which are legally
          mandated to comply with the RES, succeeded in using these incentives to reach and even exceed their intermediate RES targets.

          In February 2013 however, the Arizona Corporation Commission, an executive branch of the state government, suddenly announced drastic cuts to renewable energy incentive programs. Commercial production-based incentives have been eliminated entirely and residential incentives have been reduced to a fraction of their former levels. The Commission also mentioned possible changes to the RES which would have the effect
          of reducing the long-run targets but that proposal was withdrawn last week.”

          http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/articles/2013/03/ready-or-not-arizona-takes-steps-toward-incentive-free-solar.html

          • Perrico de los Palotes

            One man heat wave, LMAO!

      • Snowbird

        That last sentence says a lot about you

        • Rhett the Butler

          It says more about the people who use it as regular part of their lexicon and those who endorse its use. Nothing good.

          • Snowbird

            Lame

          • Rhett the Butler

            Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.
            But flattery will get you nowhere.

    • Snowbird

      Well said

  • barry goldwater

    MEANWHILE AT FUKUSHIMA and ALL OTHER NUKE PLANTS

  • Perrico de los Palotes

    This information is interesting to consider:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Little_Ice_Age

    • Snowbird

      Good post, much more can be found on realclimatescience.com

      • Rhett the Butler

        If you believe it, we know it’s hokum.
        =======

        Steven Goddard is a global warming skeptic, regular contributor to WattsUpWithThat (WUWT), and operator of the blog “Real Science.” The name “Steven Goddard” is a pseudonym used by Tony Heller, which he confirmed himself in June 2014. [3], [4], [2], [30], [32]

        Tony Heller describes himself as “an independent thinker who is
        considered a heretic by the orthodoxy on both sides of the climate
        debate.” He has degrees in Geology and Electrical Engineering, and lives
        in Columbia, Maryland. He describes global warming as the “biggest
        scientific fraud in history.” [30], [9]

        Steven Goddard is known for a 2008 article in The Register where he posited that Arctic Sea ice is not receding and claimed that data from the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) showing the opposite was incorrect. Goddard later issued a retraction on his statement. [5], [6]

        Goddard operates a blog titled “Real Science”, originally located at Real-Science.com, then at Stevengoddard.wordpress.com (until May, 2016), and now at Realclimatescience.com. [7], [8]

        https://www.desmogblog.com/steven-goddard

  • geraldcuvillier

    Rhett is hysterically claiming that the climate change deniers are hysterical. He! He! He!

    • Rhett the Butler

      You insist on seeing things that aren’t there. It’s. so. sad.

      • Snowbird

        Heh! I see it too. Better see a psychiatrist or up your dosage

        • Rhett the Butler

          If you see it too, then you’re the one who needs to heed your advice.

  • geraldcuvillier

    You insist on burying your head in the sand.

    • Rhett the Butler

      We know where your head is implanted.

  • I am Gatekeeper
    • russdotygreeleyco

      Gore didn’t say that. He was talking about the summer sea ice extent that previously closed the NorthWest Passage which is now open in the summer.

  • BonzoDog1

    Because this accord is an international agreement, all that a new U.S. administration can do is make sure America takes a back seat as nearly 200 other nations develop 21st century energy supply and conservation technologies and enjoy the benefits of those growth industries.
    Americans will never tolerate the smog-choked cities we see today in China and India, and I doubt we’ll be fooled into fighting any more oil wars. Been there; done that.

  • Rhett the Butler