Politics US to pay reparations

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  1. Beth143nacho

    Beth143nacho Bede bede beep Gold

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    (it isn't what you think)

    http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2015/09/12/kostigen-climate-change-reparations/72014440/

    Poor nations want U.S. to pay reparations for extreme weather

    Poorer nations suffering from extreme weather disasters, so much so that their citizens are seeking refugee in safer terrains outside their borders, want rich nations like the United States to pay for reparations and to relocate populations.

    Preparatory talks ahead of the United Nations Conference on Climate Change to be held in Paris in December has representatives from developing nations asking for more than an already agreed upon $100 billion per year for climate change mitigation measures. They want additional compensation for weather-related disasters as well as a "displacement coordination facility" for refugees. And they want all this to be legally binding as part of the larger anticipated Paris accord.

    The U.S. and wealthier nations in the European Union are balking.

    The rationale for the additional funds and refugee facility is based on donor country failures to follow through cohesively on aid pledges following weather-related disasters. For example, last March, Cyclone Pam devastated islands in the South Pacific but attention quickly turned to the massive earthquake in Nepal soon thereafter. That left small nations such as Vanuatu, which was devastated, to manage its own cleanup without much in the way of international assistance.

    Poorer nations blame extreme weather-related disasters on climate change stemming from emission-polluting countries that have more developed and wealthier economies.

    The U.N. Paris conference aims to reach an international, legally biding agreement on climate change that would reduce greenhouse gas emissions and thwart global temperature rise. A separate agreement is being eyed to address losses and damages from extreme weather events, thought to be a result of climate change.

    As it stands, the Warsaw Mechanism, adopted in 2013 at the U.N. climate conference in Poland, established a structure to address losses and damages associated with climate change impacts. However that mechanism is due to expire this year when a new climate agreement is reached. Poorer nations who say they are on the front lines of climate change and suffer the worst of its extreme weather ramifications aren't pleased by the expiration. They want loss and damage provisions to be extended and expanded upon.

    Reports indicate a compromise will be sought whereby the Warsaw Mechanism is extended, yet carved out from any legally binding agreement.

    Meanwhile, environmental groups are lobbying to make reparations even more punitive and require polluting companies in the private sector to step up and also pay for extreme weather-related damages.

    Property and casualty losses have been a point of contention for years in climate-change discussions. How to handle refugee claims is a relatively new issue that comes at a time when Europe is facing a separate refugee crisis of its own, with hordes of people seeking asylum from war-torn countries in the Middle East and North Africa. Nine civil wars are raging in countries from Pakistan to Nigeria.

    Adding climate refugees to those numbers may be too much for government representatives to take on at the moment. Without question, however, a refugee facility needs to be discussed if not negotiated, as do further compensation measures for poor countries.

    The $100 billion-a-year-commitment by 2020 seems like a lot of money, but increasingly it isn't looking like enough funding. With extreme weather events on the rise, so too will be the costs of cleanup and the tolls on people's lives.

    Thomas M. Kostigen is the founder of TheClimateSurvivalist.com and a New York Times bestselling author and journalist. He is the National Geographic author of "Extreme Weather Survival Guide: Understand, Prepare, Survive, Recover" and the NG Kids book, "Extreme Weather: Surviving Tornadoes, Tsunamis, Hailstorms, Thundersnow, Hurricanes and More!" Follow him @weathersurvival, or email kostigen@theclimatesurvivalist.com.
     
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    Pretty good little gimmick; they'll probably get it too.
     
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    Fuck these poorer shitholes
     
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    climate change refugees

    i'm one of those every winter when I run to florida for a week
     
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    Obama is probably preparing the giant novelty check and signing an executive order even as we speak.
     
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    We already paid them. .. it's called the NBA
     
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    i doubt anyone is going to pay anyone for this
     
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    OPEC and the gulf states can afford it. They're the Earth's death dealers.
     
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    Of course he is, and Bohnerl is right there to also endorse it.
     
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    ...shouldnt the people in the usa be paid first? :scratch:
     
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    These poor nations that produce shit loads of pollutants, burn dung, pollute water, etc? Fuck them
     
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    Ship over about 50 of these in lieu of cash.


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    China and India, they really Pollute. Let them pick up some of the slack.
     
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    The money will end up right back here anyway:coffee:
     
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    Does going to Hawaii for the Pro Bowl in Feb every year qualify me for the money?
     
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    The thread title says this:
    US to pay reparations

    But the article says this:
    These type of threads always leave me confused.
     
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    Europe might do this. I can't see us doing it.