Sunday, September 27, 2015

Everyone Except The Republicans Against Global Warming

The leader of the Catholic Church, Pope Francis, has brought international attention to the fight against global warming.   And the Chinese President when visiting the United States has declared that China, through a cap and trade system, is going to turn around its CO2 emissions by 2030.   Other countries have made similar statements in advance of the Paris Conference on climate change.

And President Obama has enlisted the EPA in reducing emissions, but the Republicans in Congress are doubling down on their denial of global warming.   The consequences are serious, but Republicans continue their obstinancy in the face of dire facts:

Tackle Climate Change Now or Risk 720 Million People Sliding Back Into Extreme Poverty Report Warns
An astonishing 720 million people around the world face falling back into extreme poverty unless we tackle climate change immediately, warns a new report by the Overseas Development Institute (ODI).

 Moreover, in this report world leaders agreed that these problems can be solved,

The report was published as world leaders gathered this week at the United Nations General Assembly and agreed the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), among which is the eradication of extreme poverty by 2030.
This goal is achievable, according to the ODI, but not without a greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions peak in 2030, and a fall to near zero by 2100. “Climate change increases the probability that those who emerge from extreme poverty will be at risk of falling back into it,” it concludes.
China, Europe and the U.S. have to be  on board or this will fail.  And now we know that China and Europe are there.  And what stands in the way of the U.S. from joining in?  The Republicans in Congress.  Almost single-handedly they could bring down the chaos of global warming on this world.  Are they going to succeed in bringing about the failure of this world to defeat global warming?  Perhaps they will.  Or maybe not.  Can I be hopeful?