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The article itself handwaves away the massive shifts in the renewables market that will keep gradually consigning coal to the ash heap (no pun intended) with minimal or no government intervention in the economy.Do people even know what's in the Paris Agreement? The structure of it includes a UN-enforced cap-and-trade system (based on "nationally determined contributions"), i.e., one that member countries can only change basically by overthrowing their governments with ones hostile to the entire agreement (which, of course, America just effectively did). It was also never ratified by the US Senate, and somehow we're all expected to pretend that Obama had the unilateral authority to ratify it on his own.http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/aug/29/obama-will-bypass-senate-ratify-paris-climate-acco/
Sen. James M. Inhofe, Oklahoma Republican and Senate Environment and Public Works Committee chairman, has repeatedly said that the Paris Agreement will change nothing. He issued a white paper in April that said the pact amounts to “empty promises that will have no meaningful impact on the climate.”
... the consequence of government meddling is a lot of blame and bitterness and further polarization of heartland against coast that could have been avoided by simply letting the economy run on its own. Because there are people who know that there are people like you who say "increased expenses in the coal industry" like it's a social good, ...
The "catch" here is the reference to "land temperatures." Remember that the planet is mostly water, so land temperature can be far off the average global temperature, which continues to rise. (And that's why land temperature isn't getting the same headlines.)
When it is 65 in January, I love me some climate change