The Paris Climate Agreement: Fact vs. Mike Kelly’s Fiction
In his career, Congressman Mike Kelly has received $757,000* from the energy and natural resources sector -- which includes the oil and gas, mining and electric utilities industries – according to the Center for Responsive Politics.
Not surprisingly, Kelly has fallen in line with the GOP’s position of diminishing the threat of global warming and the party’s total disinterest in making any effort to combat it.
A few years ago, a landmark report by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel said the world stands on the brink of failure when it comes to holding global warming to moderate levels, and nations will need to take “unprecedented” actions to cut their emissions over the next decade.
This apparently is of no concern of Kelly, as you can tell by his lies about global warming and the Paris Climate Agreement during his debate with challenger Ron DiNicola during the 2018 campaign.
Kelly: “There’s evidence out there the planet is getting warmer. It could be from human beings, right.”
Fact: More than 90 percent of actively publishing climate scientists agree the climate warming trends over the past century are extremely likely due to human activities. Most of the leading scientific organizations worldwide have issued public statements endorsing this position.
Kelly: On his support of President Donald Trump’s decision to pull the United States out of the Paris Climate Agreement: “It shouldn’t be the United states alone. We’re placing a lot of pressure on the United States. It’s up to you to do this. It’s up to you United States to carry the ball. It’s up to you United States to be the lead. … This is what the Paris Climate accord was about, right, the United States by itself trying to carry the load for the rest of the world.”
Fact: Forgetting the fact that there was a time when the United States readily donned the mantle of leadership on matters of such worldwide importance – which it did under former President Barack Obama when it came to this issue -- the Paris Climate Agreement isn’t a case of the United States going alone.
The Paris Climate Agreement is an agreement between nearly 200 countries to impose voluntary goals of reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the fight against climate change. The United States, after Trump’s withdrawal goes into effect in November, will be one of the few nations in the world that isn’t a part of the pact.
Kelly: “The biggest amount of (pollution) that’s taking place is not taking place in the United States. It’s taking place in China. It’s taking place in Russia. It’s taking place in other parts of the world.”
Fact: China produces about 29 percent of the world’s CO2 emissions, followed by the United States at 16 percent, according to the Union of Concerned Scientists website. Following are India at 7 percent, the Russian Federation at 5 percent and Japan at 4 percent.
A piece on the Vox website reported that the United States has produced the largest share of global greenhouse gases emitted since the Industrial Revolution and offered that “As the top cumulative emitter, the U.S. bears a greater imperative for curbing its carbon dioxide output and a greater moral responsibility for the impacts of global warming.”
Kelly: “They’re (other countries) not under the same sanctions as the United States is. So, the United States is being channeled and being saddled to take this on themselves.”
Fact: This is a voluntary agreement. There are no sanctions or punishment if a country doesn’t meet its particular goal.
It bears repeating: Kelly has received $757,000* from the energy and natural resources sector -- which includes the oil and gas, mining and electric utilities industries – during his political career.