When it comes to countries agreeing in Paris to reduce their emissions, some Christians are celebrating. Others, however, call it a "total waste."
The argument from some evangelicals is that man-made climate change is real, it's bad, and it's going to get worse unless people are good stewards and reduce emissions from man's burning of fossil fuels. Emissions from the burning of fossil fuels are a cause that some point to as driving what they call climate change or global warming.
Various individuals gathered in Paris recently for an event called "A Christian Response to Climate Change." Among those individuals was Jean-Francois Mouhot, a French evangelical climate activist, who predicted that people will look back this time and wonder how societies would justify an economy based on fossil fuels.
Cal Beisner, founder and national spokesman for the Cornwall Alliance for the Stewardship of Creation, offered this contrasting perspective during an interview with OneNewsNow.
"Let's just assume that they're right," he begins. "What did the agreement achieved in Paris do to reduce that risk? The answer is: Nothing."
According to Beisner, if every country that signed onto the agreement fulfilled its end of the pledge to reduce emissions – something Beisner says is "not going to happen" – the result would be no detectable difference in global average temperature this century or next century or any time after that.
"So the agreement is a total waste as far as climate is concerned, even if you accept the premises of those who tried so hard to get the agreement," he continues. "It is, of course, also completely unenforceable; there is no legal enforcement mechanism in it. Most of the pledges from developing nations – especially the two biggest ones, China and India – actually don't involve their reducing CO2 emissions."
Secretary of State John Kerry has defended the lack of sanctions or penalties, telling Fox News Sunday (on December 13, 2015) that enforcement mechanisms weren't possible because Congress and other nations would not have agreed to them.
Meanwhile, Breitbart.com has published video of Secretary Kerry saying emission cuts from all industrialized nations would not be enough. "Not when more than 65 percent of the world's carbon pollution comes from the developing world," he observed.
Steve Milloy of JunkScience.com, in an article for Breitbart.com, writes: "This is the first time such a senior government official has admitted the utter futility of American carbon dioxide emissions cuts. That's a consequential admission, even if you believe the claims of climate alarmists about the danger of emissions."