History Rigged? This is Why Some Are Calling COP21 a 'Farce'

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Protestors demonstrate against COP21 at Le Bourget on December 1, 2015 in Paris, France.
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India may have a long way to go before reaching its climate change goals, but the United States isn't all-in yet either. On Tuesday morning, a number of people in attendance for the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology expressed some skepticism about this week's historic climate change summit in France.

"My conclusion is that, as a legal matter, Paris is a farce," said Andrew Grossman of the law firm Baker & Hostetler.

The Manhattan Institute's Oren Cass also testified before the committee and argued that the meetings in Paris, known as COP21, are producing a lot of talk without a significant impact on the environment.

“At the end of the day, the idea that a historic agreement is signed is not going to have a lot of impact on anything," says Cass. "Where the rubber is going to meet the road in a few years is when Americans realize what a bad position they've been put in by this so-called 'historic agreement.'"

Takeaway Washington Correspondent Todd Zwillich spoke with Cass and Rep. Lamar Smith, the commitee's chairman. While they do not deny climate change outright, they do express concerns that the conference may be more of a photo-opportunity than an indicator of real change on climate policies.