The scare quotes in that NYT article title are mine. Why? Because they’re all fibs, at best.
- ‘Approve.’ India and China are going to keep ignoring the damned thing; and this ‘accord’ will get passed by the US Congress when pigs fly. Eliminate two of the biggest polluters and the (barely, still) world hegemon, and the rest is mere statistical noise.
- ‘Landmark.’ The ‘world community’ passes meaningless ‘accords’ all the time.
- ‘Climate accord.’ Try ‘agitprop feelgood exercise that comes with some legal bribery attached to get the Third World to sign on.’ …Then again, the NYT has font size limitations and a front page to consider, so perhaps I’m being unfair on this one.
Seriously, who believes this stuff? And do they habitually operate heavy machinery? It’s alarming to think that they might.