According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, last month was the hottest month in the recorded history (since 1895) of the continental United States. This announcement, coupled with the increasingly severe drought we’re experiencing, is adding fuel to the fire of Climate Change activists who insist something needs to be done.
A place where these activists have gained a sizable amount of sway is with the United Nations. On Wednesday, U.S. climate envoy to the UN Todd Stern reaffirmed support for the U.N. goal of limiting global warming after facing criticism from the European Union and small island states for a speech on August 2 where he called for a more flexible approach to the issue. The U.N. plan that the U.S. joined in with almost 200 other nations agrees to limit rising temperatures to below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial times.
In his speech last week, Stern said insisting on the target would lead to "deadlock".
Stern clarified Wednesday that "my view is that a more flexible approach will give us a better chance to actually conclude an effective new agreement and meet the goal we all share."
Christopher C. Horner of the Competitive Enterprise Institute joined "Real News" Thursday to discuss the latest news on rising temperatures, the tactics used by Climate Change activists in the U.N., and how realistic and achievable is the U.N. goal of lowering temperatures two degrees Celsius via carbon emission caps.