'Father Of Climate Change Awareness' Doubts COP 21 Will Curb Emissions
Dr. James Hansen, who first testified about climate change in 1988, doubts the COP 21 agreement will amount to real change, saying it's too vague.By Grant Suneson | December 13, 2015
Saturday's agreement in Paris to curb carbon dioxide emissions is being hailed as a turning point for the environment, but the so-called Father of Climate change isn't convinced the deal will amount to anything.
Dr. James Hansen, who first testified before Congress about greenhouse gases in 1988, told The Guardian COP 21 was "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."
Close to 200 countries are part of the deal to limit global average warming to two degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, and to aim for 1.5 degrees Celsius if possible.