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Leonid Bershidsky

A Toothless Treaty Can't Stop Climate Change

The Paris agreement has parts that are specific and parts that are binding; but never both at the same time.
Big Talk. Small Stick.

Big Talk. Small Stick.

Photographer: Thomas Samson/AFP/Getty Images

As 195 countries hammered out an agreement to minimize climate change  the town council of Woodland, North Carolina, met to ban a solar farm on its land and prevent all future attempts to establish one of these devilish installations. One of the speakers, a retired science teacher no less, opposed the green energy project because she claimed it would soak up all the sunlight and kill plants in the vicinity.

The Paris agreement is powerless to counter such moves. Article 12 states: