Let's Get Real.
One would have thought that not only China, but also the United States as well is a dictatorial regime from the way President Obama “announced” that the U.S. would comply with his secret emissions deal worked out on his recent trip to China. Chinese President Xi Jinping promised to cut back on emissions by 2030 by installing numerous solar, nuclear, and wind energy plants. Obama, for his part, pledged the United States to cut emissions by 28 percent by the year 2025.
Actually, Obama agreed to reduce U.S. emissions from the 2005 level instead of the present level. It is also noteworthy that China gets an extra five years to implement their part of the bargain. This is no more a fair deal than it is a legal one.
The Constitution clearly states that treaties must pass the Senate and not simply be agreed upon by our president and a foreign president. Nonetheless, high praise immediately came to Obama from the U.N., from Al Gore, and from Senator Sheldon Whitehouse of the Environment and Public Works Subcommittee on Clean Air and Nuclear Safety. The last-named will not be heading that committee for long, however, and the likely to be new Majority Leader (Mitch McConnell) spoke out strongly against the proposal.
McConnell noted that the plan was unrealistic, would be “dumped on” the next president, and would lead to a spike in utility rates and a loss of jobs. Hopes for getting such a treaty through the Senate seem dim, but the president seems to think its a done deal since he secretly talked it over with a Chinese dictator.
Big thanks to my colleague Sam Tabar for sharing this article with me.