Lately, that has been a lot of talk on the Paris deal on climate change. But many ordinary folks are unable to understand what the hullabaloo is all about. Many ordinary folks are unable to understand why some nations are so deeply opposed to the Paris deal on climate change — as I discovered during a discussion I held recently with a couple of young Walmart associates in the tube. That is what we will be trying to figure out, in today’s article, which focuses on trying to pinpoint the exact problem with the Paris deal on climate change.
It turns out that the main problem with the Paris deal on climate change is in the fact that the deal calls for very deep concessions from certain nations. The Paris deal on climate change, for instance, calls on nations to reduce their reliance on fossil fuels (like coal). Yet there are certain nations where coal still plays a very important part in power generation. There are nations that are unable to imagine a life without coal, because besides being an important source of power, coal is also a hot political issue in such nations. Those are nations where the coal industry is an important source of livelihood for major sections of the populations, and where the switch to ‘clean energy’ is therefore not just a technical issue, but also a political one.
In trying to resolve the outstanding issues in the Paris deal on climate change, we need to focus on finding a common ground. The truth of the matter is in the fact that there are lots of mutually agreed issues. There are, therefore, lots of concessions that all nations can make, based on the mutually agreed areas. Then, when it comes to the truly contentious issues, the nations can be asked to put their best deals forward. Ultimately, something that is agreeable to all people can eventually be worked out. The end result may be a compromise, but that would surely still be better than the stand-off we currently have.