The numbers for carbon emissions are in for nations across the globe and prove irrefutably that…President Trump was right for withdrawing the United States from the Paris Climate Accord.

Two years after the historic agreement was signed, global emissions of carbon dioxide are rising again after several years of remaining flat.

In short, the world is off target.

“It’s not fast enough. It’s not big enough,” said Corinne Le Quéré, director of the Tyndall Center for Climate Change Research in England. “There’s not enough action.”

Even as renewable energy grows cheaper and automakers churn out battery-powered and more efficient cars, many nations around the world are nonetheless struggling to hit the relatively modest goals set in Paris.

The reasons vary. Brazil has struggled to rein in deforestation, which fuels greenhouse gas emissions. In Turkey, Indonesia and other countries with growing economies, new coal plants are being planned to meet the demand for electricity….

But when policymakers from around the world gather at a key U.N. climate meeting in Poland later this year, countries will be forced to reckon with the difference between how much they say they want to limit the warming of the planet and how little they actually are doing to make that happen.

However, a review of the actual results from previous international climate agreements demonstrates that they are not worth the paper, which is made of the cut trees from the forests of Brazil, upon which they are written.

The 1992 U.N. treaty [Framework Convention on Climate Change] called for “stabilization of greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere at a level that would prevent dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate system.”

However, from 1992 to 2017 global annual emissions rose from about 22 to 36.8 gigatons per year — a more than 67 percent increase. That’s despite additional U.N. climate treaties and domestic policies to reduce emissions.

However, that is not stopping New Jersey following from committing to the Paris Accord as part of a #Resist Climate Coalition.

Democratic New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy on Wednesday signed a bill joining a coalition of states committed to cutting emissions of carbon dioxide to fulfill the United States’ pledge under the Paris international climate change agreement.

Murphy’s action requires New Jersey to join the U.S. Climate Alliance, a coalition of 15 other states and Puerto Rico vowing to uphold the Paris Agreement. Both chambers of the state legislature passed a bill to put New Jersey in the alliance.

I sense that the citizens of 35 other states are grateful that their legislators have more localized priorities.


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