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The Lima Climate Conference ended Sunday with what can be seen as a failure for environmental alarmist groups.
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COP-20 Lima: A Total Failure?


By Megan Toombs,
 
December 19, 2014—The Lima Climate Conference ended Sunday with what can be seen as a failure for environmental alarmist groups.

The 20th Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP-20) included 11,000 delegates from over 190 countries. This horde descended on Peru for two solid weeks to continue discussions on a climate treaty before the Paris conference next year and only came to a compromise after running 30 hours past the scheduled end time.

The goal of COP-20 was to remove obstacles in the path of a 2015 climate treaty.

The outcome fell far short of that goal.

Instead of the 196 countries pledging specific and verifiable reductions in emissions, all countries pledged to create a plan due in March, or June if they miss the first deadline, or never, since there is no agreed upon method of enforcement.  This plan will outline each country’s own plan for emissions reductions after 2020. They have all agreed that within these plans there will be reductions in the use of oil, gas, and coal.

The environmentalist hope is that public peer pressure will convince each country to produce a plan that legitimately reduces their “carbon footprint.”

Will that happen?

Of course not; the writing is already on the wall.

The developing countries refused to allow the agreement to require “identical metrics for easy comparison.” It’s harder to “name and shame” countries into compliance if it’s difficult to compare contributions.

Reductions in carbon dioxide emissions will damage developing nations the worst—creating higher energy prices for people already too poor to barely feed themselves. Western countries are taking the blame for the current “catastrophe” (remember there has been no global warming in 18 years), because they used fossil fuels to rise out of poverty. Developing nations have to follow that path as well, if they want to pull their populations out of the cycle of hunger, disease, and death.

So why are the developing nations even coming to the table?

Bribery. Guilt money to be exact.

The Western countries are giving money to developing nations to “mitigate” the effects of climate change. Climate change for which we (the West) apparently hold the blame. 

Yes, let’s blame us for using fossil fuels, let’s blame us for eradicating many diseases, for increased food production, for lifting millions out of poverty (and attempting to lift millions more), for thousands of advanced technologies that have benefited mankind, and the environment.

There has been no global warming in 18 years; increased CO2 levels have led to global greening, and extreme weather events are at record lows. Where is the catastrophe?

The catastrophe is in Western nations declaring an apocalypse, and demanding developing countries fall in line and destroy any hope their people have of rising out of abject poverty and hunger.

The catastrophe is in developing countries demanding “mitigation” money from developed countries, and those countries paying it.

Developed nations promised to transfer $100 billion a year by the year 2020 to developing nations. Although it is possible that amount won’t be reached in the next five years, “the UN estimates as much as $175bn has been transferred over the last two years to developing nations.”

$175 billion in two years!

The Lima conference was not a victory for climate alarmists; many of the things that derailed this conference were left to be worked out over the next year, or at the Paris conference. There is no way to enforce emissions reductions; they couldn’t even agree on goals for reductions. A number of alarmist groups even released a statement claiming, “What we have seen in Lima is another in a series of yearly decisions that weaken international climate rules, failing people and the planet.”

Was this the conference that would pave the way to the Paris Climate Treaty in 2015? No, thankfully not. The way is not clear to Paris, and it is incredibly unlikely that it will become clear.  Instead of this continued farce of “saving the planet” that wastes time and money, it’s time to actually start attempting to save what is truly in danger—economic well-being and the people who die every year from lack of food and electricity.

The Green Face of the Pro-Death Agenda—Get the Lecture Free!

In her excellent lecture  The Green Face of the Pro-Death Agenda, Dr. Charmaine Yoest, President of Americans United for Life, explains precisely why the population-control, pro-abortion, and Green movements are so intertwined. She reveals how the Biblical worldview, particularly the Biblical doctrine of human beings as the image of God, provides great reason to celebrate, not mourn, human population growth.
 
From now to the end of December, as our way of saying “Thanks!”, we’ll send a FREE DVD of this lecture to anyone who makes a donation of any size to the Cornwall Alliance and requests it, mentioning Promo Code 1412. (If you are already an automatic monthly donor, you’ll receive your free copy automatically. To become a monthly donor, sign up at our secure online donation site.)

This is a great DVD to share with friends who recognize the evil of abortion but don’t know yet how and why pro-abortion forces are allied with the Green movement.
 
Young Christians especially need to see this lecture. Many are recruited into the Green movement in college and high school, sometimes by organizations that proclaim their faith in Christ but sadly embrace unbiblical views of people and the planet. Casting themselves as “consistently pro-life,” they mistakenly portray environmental risks as the ethical equivalent of abortion—forgetting the difference between intentional killing and the creation of unintentional risk as a byproduct of valuable, productive activity. Perhaps that explains why some of them receive hundreds of thousands of dollars of funding from pro-abortion foundations.

To receive your FREE DVD of “The Green Face of the Pro-Death Agenda,” simply make a gift of any amount to the Cornwall Alliance and request it, mentioning Promo Code 1412. You can make your donation at our secure online site or by phoning 703-569-4653, or by mailing your check payable to the Cornwall Alliance, 9302-C Old Keene Mill Rd., Burke, VA 22015. (Please note: when donating to The Cornwall Alliance, your bank or credit card statement will read “James Partnership.” The James Partnership is the non-profit parent organization of The Cornwall Alliance, and 100% of your donations go to The Cornwall Alliance.)

God Bless You and Merry Christmas!

Megan Toombs
Communications & Outreach Coordinator

The Cornwall Alliance for the Stewardship of Creation seeks to magnify the glory of God in creation, the wisdom of His truth in environmental stewardship, the kindness of His mercy in lifting the needy out of poverty, and the wonders of His grace in the gospel of Jesus Christ. A coalition of theologians, pastors, ministry leaders, scientists, economists, policy experts, and committed laymen, the Cornwall Alliance is the world’s leading evangelical voice promoting environmental stewardship and economic development built on Biblical principles. The Cornwall Alliance is a non-profit religious, charitable, and educational organization. All gifts are tax deductible.
 
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