Is the climate agreement focused on the wrong future?

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - Man with bike walking in the Ostende climate march

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – W international agreement in Paris, now we have to watch industry and ourselves, if we are to meet the standards.

There was never going to be an easy agreement in Paris. Even with the agreement that has been hailed as a success, there has been considerable dissent at its focus. That there is still a strong fossil fuel focus and not enough dedication to alternative, renewable energy. It should be expected. Oil and the oil industry are power houses in deciding the future direction. With billions of barrels still in the ground, and worth hundreds of billions of dollars, the efforts to make money, lots of money, remains dominant. Alternative energy protestors, the alternative industry, have a focus so different, the traditional voices are still struggling to come to terms with the potential.

But all attending countries have signed the agreement, agreed to cut carbon emissions, and the difference of developed over developing countries is clear. While the standards have not been fixed, it would seem the international pressure to act has appeared.

However, with no legally binding obligation, countries are still able to abuse the agreement. It will be essential, in the coming months and years, that business be carefully monitored, pressured, to meet the commitment that has been found in Paris.


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