Paris Climate Conference is likely to fail

COP-21, the 21st Conference of the Parties (to the Global Climate Treaty) is convening in Paris (November 30 to December 11, 2015) to try to impose global restrictions on the emission of the greenhouse (GH) gas carbon dioxide. The usual cast of characters will show up -- delegates from nearly 200 nations, who have made a lifetime career out of the climate business, plus some 15,000 hangers-on.  We think they will fail to reach an effective international agreement -- for a variety of reasons: Important developing countries have other priorities; scandals are brewing and may flare up; and the climate itself is not cooperating.   But the media will portray Paris as a huge success, trying to burnish the environmental-climate legacy of President Barack Obama. Paris will be a big “nothing-burger” Do you remember Anne Gorsuch, who may have coined this pungent term?  She was the first female administrator of EPA, and rather different from both Lisa...(Read Full Article)