The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

Climate Change Conference 2015:
Full of Hot Air

Dec 7, 2015

The Climate Change Conference, called COP 21, began in Paris on November 30. It is the 21st international climate change conference to be held, and is likely to produce exactly what the previous 20 produced–absolutely nothing that stopped or even slowed the industrial production of greenhouse gases. Nothing but hot air and platitudes from politicians. Especially politicians from the biggest polluters in the world.

A number of commentators point out that China is the biggest polluter in the world, responsible for a quarter of the world’s emissions of greenhouse gases. But, according to the latest figures, using the population of China, emissions are 6 tons of CO2 for every person. In France, though, the figure is 10 tons of CO2 per person; and in the always-so-virtuous United States, the figure is 17 tons of CO2 per person.

In fact, all the countries participating in the climate change conference adhere, in conference after conference, to the same model. There’s not the slightest sanction against those who break the promises they make at these conferences. And it was exactly the same for the 20 previous climate change conferences that have taken place since 1995. The countries just display the yearly reports; no promises are kept, and global warming is not checked in the slightest. (This year is the hottest year on record—after 20 of these conferences!)

The French minister of foreign affairs claimed, “If a country doesn’t hold to its agreements, the political and psychological pressure will be strong.

That’s some cold comfort.... This claim was made in the past and has so far prevented nothing!