How the West had its way

Print edition : January 08, 2016

A pavilion at the World Climate Change Conference 2015 (COP-21) at Le Bourget, near Paris, France, on December 1. Photo: STEPHANE MAHE/REUTERS

At COP-21, Barack Obama with leaders of island nations, which are under threat by rising sea levels, on December 1. Photo: KEVIN LAMARQUE/REUTERS

James Hansen. The former NASA scientist called the Paris Agreement a “fraud”. Photo: Michael Nagle/NYT

Children playing in an abandoned home on the coastline in Majuro, the Marshall Islands, on October 28. Rising sea levels are already an inescapable part of daily life in the Marshall Islands. Photo: JOSH HANER/NYT

Mayors from different cities at the Paris city hall during the Summit of Local elected for Climate on December 4. Photo: Thierry Chesnot/Getty Images

Oxfam activists wearing masks of (from left) U.S. President Barack Obama, Chinese President Xi Jinping, French President Francois Hollande, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull at a protest during COP-21 on December 10. Photo: Christophe Ena/AP

At a news conference during COP-21 on December 8, (from left) Xie Zhenhua, Special Representative for Climate Change, China; Prakash Javadekar, Minister of State for Environment, Forest and Climate Change, India; and Edna Bomo Molewa, Minister of Environmental Affairs, South Africa. Photo: JACKY NAEGELEN/REUTERS

The story of the just-concluded COP-21 in Paris is one of clever manoeuvring by the U.S., both before and during the conference, false goals, and compromises by developing countries, all of which raise doubts about the seriousness of the West in fighting the war against climate change.
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