As world leaders move closer to an expected landmark climate agreement in the coming days, a leading U.S. skeptic says the plan would trigger much higher energy costs and lead to thousands of deaths without actually changing the climate at all.
Competitive Enterprise Institute Senior Fellow Christopher C. Horner has tangled frequently with the Obama administration over his efforts to track down energy and environmental policy documents through Freedom of Information Act requests. Horner is also author of “The Politically Incorrect Guide to Global Warming” and “Power Grab: How Obama’s Green Policies Will Steal Your Freedom and Bankrupt America.”
Horner said the agreement is largely a done deal but a few, critical issues remain. He said the less that’s accomplished, the better.
“It all comes down to what an email I obtained through litigation with the State Department, reported by the Washington Times … showed,” Horner said.
“The White House emailed at midnight with their climate negotiator saying the U.N. General Assembly president was just asked by Sen. (Ed) Markey (D-Mass.), ‘What do we have to do to get a climate treaty?’ He said one word, ‘Money.’ That’s what it’s about,” Horner explained.
One of the things a lot of that money would be used for is a U.N.-based climate court.
“They’ve actually added a court into the draft now, called the International Climate Justice Tribunal, to threaten us, so that they’ll say, ‘Think of the uncertainty, how you would have to pay for every weather event that occurs everywhere in the world,” Horner said. “You’re agreeing in this document that you caused it.’”
He said the U.N. would then demand immense amounts of money from the U.S. on an annual basis.
“‘Why don’t you just agree to what’s called the Green Climate Fund, $100 billion per year, to start?’ That is the sole real item for negotiation right now,” Horner said.
Obama has unilaterally moved to significantly reduce federal standards on water, ozone and carbon emissions through new regulations via the Environmental Protection Agency, or EPA. Horner said that’s only the start of what this administration wants to do.
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