Governments from around the world agreed to a global transition away from “fossil fuels,” greater limits on energy use, and a new fund to compensate governments of poorer nations for alleged damages caused by CO2 emissions from wealthier countries.
The outcome follows two weeks of negotiations at the United Nations climate summit held in the oil-rich United Arab Emirates.
The deal, adopted by consensus of the nearly 200 governments in attendance, is being framed by U.N. officials as a turning point for the world.
Critics, however, are sounding the alarm, saying the agreement and the broader process threaten both prosperity and liberty while doing little to nothing for the environment.
Climate Depot editor Marc Morano, a former U.S. Senate aide who has long worked on climate policy, said Republican leaders in Congress must push back against the agenda.
“This is Soviet-style central planning that simply must be stopped,” he told The Epoch Times.
He said all Republicans, from the leaders on down, “need to get to work stopping this anti-human agenda.”
Mr. Morano, who attended the COP28 and has been a staple at the events for almost two decades, ridiculed as “absurd” and “psychotic” the notion that humanity can stop using hydrocarbon energy. He predicts the U.N. agreement will do nothing to help the climate.
Separately, numerous experts have pointed out that Russian, Chinese, and Arab governments don’t appear likely to rein in traditional energy sources.
U.N. officials said the agreement is a significant step toward protecting the climate, which the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) says is threatened by human emissions of carbon dioxide and methane.
“Whilst we didn’t turn the page on the fossil fuel era in Dubai, this outcome is the beginning of the end,” said U.N. Climate Change Executive Secretary Simon Stiell at the close of the event.
“Now all governments and businesses need to turn these pledges into real-economy outcomes, without delay.”
One of the major takeaways from the event was what the U.N. calls the “global stocktake,” described by the international organization as the “central outcome of this year’s climate summit.”
According to the stocktake, the “science” requires a 43 percent reduction in emissions by 2030 if planetary temperature increases are to be kept below 1.5 degrees Celsius.
Those projections, based on computer models that have long been heavily criticized by scientists and experts for being unreliable, serve as the basis for the entire climate process.
Other policies that the U.N. said are required by 2030, based on the stocktake, include a tripling of “renewable energy” such as solar and wind power, along with a doubling of energy efficiency.
As part of that, the U.N. called for a phase-down of coal power and a “just, orderly, and equitable” transition away from fossil fuels.
Under the plan, governments of wealthier nations such as the United States are expected to lead the way in winding down traditional energy while providing funding for governments of poorer nations to follow suit later.
On the sidelines of the event, data provided by the “Climate Action Commitment Counter” showed billions of dollars pledged throughout the conference by governments and other interests.
The funds are intended to go toward “green” energy, adapting to climate change, “inclusion,” reparations, development, and other projects.
To help achieve the goals agreed to by governments at the COP28 and earlier summits, the Biden administration pledged billions of additional dollars to various U.N. programs including the “Green Climate Fund.”