Despite accord, warming will persist

It’s perhaps easy to feel hopeful that the world’s nations are finally getting serious about arresting climate change. But, ever the pessimist, I suggest that such hope is fanciful. Our reliance on fossil fuels is too easy, relatively cheap at the consumer level, and inertial—switching to alternatives is inconvenient, in the least. Consider bicycling to work tomorrow. Not going to do it.

Vox prepared the following chart based on BP data:

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In case you’re wondering, coal, oil, and natural gas comprise 86 percent of energy use. The above chart portends more, rather than less, fossil-fuel consumption.

No less a figure than James Hansen, the scientist who warned Congress of climate change back in 1988, calls the Paris agreement “a fraud,” reports The Guardian.

“It’s just bullshit for them to say: ‘We’ll have a 2C warming target and then try to do a little better every five years.’ It’s just worthless words. There is no action, just promises. As long as fossil fuels appear to be the cheapest fuels out there, they will be continued to be burned.”

Have a nice day.