The coming climate court

The coming climate court

The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) recently circulated an email breathlessly titled, “Governments on Track to Reaching Paris 2015 Universal Climate Agreement — Negotiating Text Officially Published.”

The message triumphantly claimed that “Another key step towards a new, universal climate change agreement has just been taken as the negotiating text for the agreement was officially issued by the [UNFCCC].” This refers to the upcoming talks in Paris in December on a successor pact to the 1997 Kyotoglobal warming treaty.

On the heels of John Kerry chasing Russia’s foreign minister for months to obtain a feckless, non-cease-fire in Ukraine, reckless appeasement of Iran and Cuba, the idea that Obama officials have agreed to anything in the realm of international negotiations is cause for worry.

Could they do worse? It appears that they certainly are trying.

This text agreed to for negotiation by the federal government includes a remarkable proposal. Buried deep inside, it proposes an “International Climate Justice Tribunal in order to oversee, control and sanction the fulfilment [sic] of and compliance with the obligations of Annex I and Annex II Parties under this agreement and the [1992 UNFCCC climate treaty].”

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