US, Russia, Saudi Arabia, & Kuwait Torpedo COP 24 Climate Conference In Poland | CleanTechnica
Three years ago, the nations of the world gathered in Paris to hammer out an agreement to keep average global temperatures from rising more than 1.5º C — a figure the scientific community says will cause catastrophic changes in the environment but will avoid a mass extinction event. That’s a polite way of saying we won’t all die because the Earth will no longer be able to support human life as we know it.
The resulting agreement was hailed as proof countries could work together to solve global problems but it was just a framework for action. The hard work of figuring out precisely what each country needed to do would come later. The COP 24 climate summit in Katowice, Poland, is where the rubber was supposed to meet the road — the time for the details needed to implement the Paris accords would be hammered out.
Instead, the nations of the world got hammered by 4 of the largest fossil fuel producers in the world. Yesterday in Poland, the United States, Russia, Saudi Arabia, and Kuwait served notice that they have no intention of lifting a finger to prevent the destruction of the planet. Instead, they all support a “business as usual” approach that will see every last molecule of fossil fuel extracted and burned in the pursuit of profit.
The Unites States even had the chutzpah to stage a pro-coal exhibit at the COP 24 conference, which should come as no surprise to anyone who has been following Donald Trump’s manic campaign to please large donors who are coal company owners. Which raises the question, why are the leaders of these countries not in prison? Isn’t willfully depriving people of clean air and clean water tantamount to murder? And isn’t murder a crime?