Historic U.S.-China climate deal has GOP ‘freaking out’
I just finished reading this article in Market Watch and it had me chuckling. These guys really hit the nail on the head! Great Job! It is a must read. If there is a couple of guys that really get under my skin it is the Koch Brothers and Mr. Paul Farrel does a great job poking fun at them and the GOP's climate stance. What University did these politicians attend because they definitely failed to pay attention in their science courses and I don't want my children attending there. Read original story HERE
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Yes, that’s the Climate Progress headline: “Republicans ‘Freaking Out’ About Historic U.S.-China Climate Deal.” Over at Climate News Network, it’s a “Radical Climate Surprise,” adding “Warnings on Climate Spark Aggressive Denial.”
No wonder, the GOP is “freaking out.” Obama and China’s Xi Jinping were just too darn sneaky for Republicans. One-upped. Big time. New York Times headline even made it feel like Cold War espionage: “U.S. and China Reach Climate Accord After Months of Talks.”
Months of secrecy. Then a surprise, fast and furious, the shocker. Suddenly the GOP’s big election sweep became old news, pushed off the media news grid. The GOP scrambled, “freaking out,” because their denial and obstructionist machine hadn’t been able to plan and add the China climate negotiations to their relentless attacks on the U.S. president. Ouch
Instead, there in Beijing, basking in the global spotlight like Oscar winners, the world’s two most powerful leaders are toasting champagne over another huge legacy win for both men. One, the GOP’s most hated enemy. The other, Xi Jinping, the GOP’s all-purpose excuse for climate change inaction. Now gone, up in smoke. Ouch.
The Times calls it “an ambitious joint plan to curb carbon emissions as a way to spur nations around the world to make their own cuts in greenhouse gases. The landmark agreement ... includes new targets for carbon emissions reductions by the United States and a first-ever commitment by China to stop its emissions from growing by 2030.”
Upstaged, ‘freaking out,’ GOP reacts rather than governs
And, yes, while even the pro-action Climate News Network calls it “a game changer in the battle to combat climate change,” they still question enforceability: “But can China and the U.S. fulfill the promises in their announcement of plans to cut carbon emissions?” We have 15 years to see what China does, although in their authoritarian regime, a supreme leader dictates.
Here in America, you can be certain GOP climate-science deniers, especially Big Oil, Koch Bros, all conservative capitalists, will continue doing everything possible to undermine the new U.S.-China climate accord and preserve their free-market access to energy resources, by accelerating their plans to destroy the legacy of America’s first black president, as they’ve been doing since his inauguration. And in this dark process of Washington’s aggressive petty politics, they will, ironically, further sabotage America’s economic future and our role as a global superpower, while bolstering China’s power.
Oh yes, the GOP was caught by surprise, but went on the offensive, fast. Nothing new, though. Still sounding like teenage boys frustrated for being out of power too long. ThinkProgress reported that “McConnell was one of the first to condemn the deal, which ups the United States’ emissions reduction target to 26% to 28% below 2005 levels by 2025 and commits China, for the first time, to a goal of peaking carbon emissions and getting 20% of its energy from non-fossil-fuel sources by 2030.”
Yes, McConnell ramped up his party line, calling “the plan ‘unrealistic’ and said that it, as part of the president’s ‘war on coal,’ it would lead to a loss of U.S. jobs,” requiring China to do nothing at all for 16 years while these carbon emissions regulations create havoc in my state and other states around the country.”
Not true, quoting Forbes: China’s “already positioned itself as a world leader in renewable energy investment ... spending $56.3 billion on renewable projects in 2013.” Still, the GOP ego’s obviously bruised and lashing out, as Boehner, Inhofe and the entire GOP Congress piled on the new climate accord, angrily tearing apart Obama and China. Ouch.
Lame duck? Impeachment? Bring it on. Obama’s got nothing to lose
Will the GOP ever tone down their obstructionism 2016? Short answer: No. But they better watch out. Abandoned by his own Dem senators, so even the threat of impeachment has got to be invigorating. He’s got nothing to lose. Now he’s got this truly historic climate agreement with China. So expect one helluva lot more freaking out from McConnell, Boehner, Inhofe, Big Oil, the Koch Bros and the rest of the climate-science denier gang.
Here’s how Washington Post’s Eugene Robinson put it: The “stunning announcement of a long-range agreement between the Obama administration and the Chinese government over carbon emissions is the best environmental news in years. Not to sound grandiose, it means the world still has a chance to save itself from unmitigated disaster.” Yes, saved from a global “unmitigated disaster.”
Obviously, this prize-winning columnist is looking into “freaking out” and sees the fear gripping the GOP and Big Oil when he says: “Pay no attention to the ‘Yes, but’ chorus. It is true that China could have committed to an earlier date for carbon emissions to level off and should have set interim targets. It is true that meeting the new U.S. goals will be no trivial undertaking. It is also true that the multiplying smokestacks of India, the third-largest emitter, will continue to spew heat-trapping carbon at an unfettered pace — for now.”
Why? The U.S.-China deal will have a global ripple effect, impacting every other nation: “These caveats are overshadowed by the fact that the U.S.-China agreement has the impact of a defibrillator upon U.N.-sponsored international negotiations for a global climate treaty, which have been sputtering for years and were on the verge of flat-lining. The deal makes irrelevant the argument that the whole endeavor is pointless unless the world’s two biggest emitters — together responsible for about 40% of the carbon being pumped into the atmosphere — are willing to commit themselves.”
What’s ahead? A helluva lot more freaking out: “The problem for Republicans who want to stall climate action is that Obama can carry out his agenda without them. The GOP has enough votes in the House to pass legislation blocking this or that, but not enough to surmount the Senate’s de facto 60-vote threshold. And even if Republicans managed to get a bill through both chambers, they are far short of the two-thirds majorities they would need to override a presidential veto.”
No wonder the GOP was “freaking out.” Big time. Obama one-upped them. In spite of all the Dem senators who abandoned him, Obama did an end-run around the GOP’s denial and obstruction machine. Now he’s now added climate action to his legacy.
As Robinson put it, we are “much closer to taking meaningful action against climate change than a week ago,” now the planet has “a chance to save itself from unmitigated disaster.”