Climate Change

Secretary of State John Kerry Will Attend Lima Climate Change Conference

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John Kerry
State Dept.

Lima, Peru—The ministerial segment of the 20th Conference of the Parties (COP-20) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) opens today. Secretary of State John Kerry is reportedly flying down to join the negotiations as way to signal to the world how seriously the Obama administration takes the threat of man-made global warming. The New York Times reports:

Secretary of State John Kerry will arrive on Thursday to strongly urge negotiators to reach a deal, according to sources familiar with Mr. Kerry's plans but unauthorized to speak to the media. Typically, the secretary of state would not join diplomatic negotiations at this level, but Mr. Kerry has made climate change a priority of his tenure….

Negotiators are hoping to produce a draft of a [climate] deal by the end of the conference on Friday or Saturday, with the expectation that world leaders will sign on to the final plan next year in Paris. President Obama, using his executive authority, has already pushed through a set of climate change regulations in the United States.

This would be the first time that such a high-level American official has attended a COP since the failed United Nations conference in Copenhagen back in 2009.

I will be exploring in a later dispatch from the conference how the Obama administration hopes to avoid submitting whatever deal is reached in Paris next year to the advice and consent of the U.S. Senate.

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  1. I worked in Lima for a…

    Ohhhhhhhhhh…Leeeeeeeeema “Peru”, not Lyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyma, “Ohio”.

    Never mind.

    1. TIL that Lima, Peru and Lima, Ohio are not pronounced the same.

      1. The former is LEE-mah, the latter LIME-ah.

  2. How is Kerry going to make his flight to Lima carbon-neutral?

  3. PS I was gratified to see that OO=======D was back to make a donation to REASON. It’s been a while since he’s been around.

  4. So he’ll fly down in a huge jet,ride around in a limo,stay in a luxury hotel and eat gourmet food. Then he will talk about how the ‘common folk’ need to cut down their carbon and energy use. Then,limo to the airport and jet home.Good work if you can get it.

    1. The busy life of the Ketchup Gigolo.

      -jcr

      1. I wonder what the’carbon footprint’ is on a bottle of ketchup?

  5. Secretary of State John Kerry Will Attend Lima Climate Change Conference

    What could possibly go wrong?

    1. Its a gesture of how serious we are about this!

      (I almost typed that with a straight face…)

    2. “What could possibly go wrong?”

      A: He flies back to the U.S. when it’s over.

      1. What could possibly go wrong?
        Kerry could slip and pronounce UNFCCC the way I pronounce it.

  6. If John Kerry stays true to form, this conference should be good for five cringe-worthy moments and at least three face-palms.

    1. Kerry produce cringe-worthy moments or give cause for multiple face-palms? A man who windsurfs in french cut panties could never do that!

  7. Hey, it’s not like Kerry has any real work to do..

    -jcr

    1. damn you and your 2-hours-earlier-than-me comment

  8. Maybe he’s only going to throw Obama’s Nobel medal over the fence.

  9. “I will be exploring in a later dispatch from the conference how the Obama administration hopes to avoid submitting whatever deal is reached in Paris next year to the advice and consent of the U.S. Senate.”

    I don’t see why Obama wouldn’t use the same logic he used to circumvent Congress’ enumerated powers in Article One, Section 8 on naturalization. If you call it something else (it’s “immigration” not “naturalization”), then the Constitution doesn’t apply. In this case, he’ll just call it an “accord” instead of a “treaty”, and that’ll be the end of it.

    If the Republicans don’t like it, they can impeach him. Go ahead. Obama dares you. And if the rest of America doesn’t like it, who cares? They can run for president if they want.

    1. It should be pointed out that Obama announced that he planned to bypass the Senate on the Paris accord weeks before the midterms.

      “WASHINGTON ? The Obama administration is working to forge a sweeping international climate change agreement to compel nations to cut their planet-warming fossil fuel emissions, but without ratification from Congress.

      In preparation for this agreement, to be signed at a United Nations summit meeting in 2015 in Paris, the negotiators are meeting with diplomats from other countries to broker a deal to commit some of the world’s largest economies to enact laws to reduce their carbon pollution. But under the Constitution, a president may enter into a legally binding treaty only if it is approved by a two-thirds majority of the Senate.

      —-New York Times, August 26, 2014

      http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08……html?_r=0

      He planned to do the rules of naturalization the same way. Why would this climate change treaty be any different?

      1. It’s not an act of war, it’s Kinetic Military Action. He does it all the time.

        Of course, if Cuba did some of that kinetic military action to Florida, I’m pretty sure most everyone would consider it an act of war.

        1. Pearl Harbor was a limited kinetic action with no boots on the ground.

      2. See also, penaltax.

  10. Well, bully for him!

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  12. I suppose he was tired of intractable problems of violence in Eurasia and instead wanted to tout gauzy solutions to intractable problems of diplomacy and economics.

  13. John Kerry is pretty much unwelcome in any other nation

    He crashes Greenie parties because it looks like he’s still working

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