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Is the Paris Climate Change Agreement a Good Deal?
It is important to understand why the Paris deal was signed and why the 175 countries had to come together for this. Climate change is the brief answer. McCormick, in his book, Introduction to Global Studies defines climate change as “changes to the global climate resulting from an enhanced greenhouse effect, caused – in turn – by rising concentrations of greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide, produced mainly by the burning of fossil fuels”. It was evident that climate change was detected 100 years back and according to Harf and Lombardi, “substantial warming in the future will produce catastrophic consequences like droughts, floods storms and a rapid and significant rise in sea level” (Page 92). McCormick also agrees with the assessment stating that “Climate change stands as the ultimate global problem, having global effects and demanding a global response”.
To the question of whether the Paris climate change agreement is a good deal I would like to agree with the yes side. The no side by Darwall looks like it’s leaning towards the technicalities of the law and its execution, but the details of the deal seem to bring a lot of benefits for the globe.
The European Commission who were very steadfast in their intention to have the treaty signed agree that the Paris deal is a good deal because, the agreement “provides a lifeline, a last chance to hand over to future generations a world that is more stable…” (Page 95). There however needs to be a lot of goodwill from the countries and their government in implementation of the treaty since it requires “changes in business and investment behavior”. The key features of the Paris Agreement are key in making sure that the world takes care of greenhouse emissions thus the reduction of global warming to well below 2 degrees. It also focuses on clean energy while reducing emissions. While setting up transparency and accountability of the framework is it important to understand that the “yes” outweighs the “no” because of the responsibilities of the countries involved towards a low carbon, resource- efficient economy.
The no side focuses on the technicality of the law as Darwall poses the question, “whether the Paris Agreement imposes new legally binding obligations on the United States” (Page 101). He does not really invoke the features of the agreement and the good that come with green growth as highlighted in the treaty. As much as he has a valid point on the legal basis of the agreement, I believe that there needs to be a lot of green politics which McCormick defines as “a political philosophy based on building a sustainable society rooted in environmental awareness…”. This is because of his concern whether the developing countries will be “provided with support for implementing the agreement” (Page 102) and how the “legal effect of the Paris ratchet would be to constrain the discretion of future generations” (Page 102).
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