ON-Lion Letter

As global leaders converge on Paris for the 2015 Climate Conference, the goals of the meeting remain unclear to millions of Americans.  To help remedy this situation, the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) in Washington, D.C., has put together a list of the five things you should know about it.

The conference's "mission is to adopt a plan requiring greenhouse gas emissions reductions," according to the list from CEI, which is substantially supported by The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee.  "The end goal will be 'an agree outcome with legal force' that all participating countries would adopt.

"The United States takes a strong interest in this meeting," it continues.  "Many members of Congress are concerned that the treaty will be a political tool for the Obama administration to push forward its greenhouse gas rules by skirting around Congressional approval."

And the conference's "goal didn't come out of thin air.  It's ultimately a replacement for the Kyoto Protocol with one crucial difference:  While Kyoto had one five-year compliance period, the Paris climate treaty ensures a new and update emission reduction promise every 5 years.  Each new promise is to be 'progressive beyond previous commitments.'"

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