(Capital Research Center) -- The Paris climate treaty gives us a window into the thinking of the politicians and bureaucrats who cobbled it together.
It’s a treaty, committing the world’s governments to decisive action, supposedly against climate change. It’s also not a treaty, so that President Obama can bind the United States to it with the stroke of his pen. It’s binding on the new president, Donald Trump, and on future presidents because it’s a treaty, although it’s not. It is the law of the land, because the U.S. Senate somehow approved it by a two-thirds vote without ever actually voting on it, and even though most Senators have been and are against it. That’s because it’s merely an extension of an old treaty that the Senate ratified specifically on the ground that it couldn’t be thus extended and represents a commitment that the Senate declared unanimously must not be made.
The decisive action promised in the treaty that is not a treaty consists of governments, most of them run by dictators and thieves, promising, on an honor system, to take steps of their own choosing, including steps that are impossible, to change future weather patterns, and then coming up with ways by which they can measure their own progress and hold themselves accountable by their own standards for the promises they have made, on penalty of no punishment if they break their word.
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