Part of the reason the new Secretary of Ed is so scary is what she will do to education in our country because she is so under-qualified. The other part is that she flat out said that she was dropping all pretense and expected a return on giving senators money. And this is legal in our country because she didn’t explicitly say, “Make Sec. Ed. and I will give you money.”
The Target! - The Target is to stay below 1.5°C. - That’s better for Islands and Africa than 2°C, the old target.
The Pledges! - Each nation must do what they pledged. - And these pledges must be reviewed (+ upped) every 5 years. - They’re non-binding though. - So no punishment if you don’t do it.
- Some say that’s bad, but main reason for this is so Obama can do his
pledges without having to go through the nutty Senate. So OK.
The Money! - Aid money from rich nations to poor ones increased a bit. - But nowhere near enough. - Rich nations really owe poor ones a debt, not aid, for causing this crisis that’s hurting poor nations first and worst. - Poor nations got a “loss and damages” section in the Agreement but it’s super weak.
The Carbon-Neutral Dream! - The aim is to be carbon-neutral by 2050. - This doesn’t mean carbon-free. - It means whatever carbon we’re still spewing out by 2050 has to be offset by, I dunno, more trees.
- Or crazy pipe-dream tech that’s dodgy like ‘carbon storage’ or
geoengineering (why don’t we spew a chemical in the air that blocks
sunlight? What could go wrong!). - More trees is good. Relying on that crazy tech is really foolish.
Other stuff! - “Fossil fuel” “coal” and “oil” are not mentioned once in the text. - We’re still tippy-toeing around them, when it’s front and centre about them.
- So the whole crucial idea of “keeping fossil fuels in the ground”
(rather than all the focus in international talks on the end of the
pipeline - ie. keeping it from being spewed in the air once already dug
up) did not make it in the text. - Neither did indigenous rights. - Indigenous people fought hard to get their rights protected from mining and fracking on their land etc, but didn’t get it.
CLIFF NOTE of the CLIFF NOTES:
We need to move at a really fast pace if we want to stay below 1.5°C.
The pledges all added up would cook the planet 3.5°C which is more or
less hell. The one big thing that would get those pledges better is a
LOT of pressure from all of us.