GOP Heads Explode After President Obama Cuts Historic Climate Change Deal With China

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While attending the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Beijing this week, President Obama decided to get some real work done towards slowing the effects of climate change on the planet. On Tuesday evening, it was announced that the United States and China had come to an agreement to reduce carbon emissions and increase sustainable energy consumption. Obama stated that the US would double its current reduction of greenhouse gases so that by 2025, the country’s carbon emissions are 26% to 28% less than they were in 2005.

Meanwhile, China is going to ensure that its carbon emissions levels do not grow after 2030 and hopefully get them to start dropping sooner. The country’s leader, President Xi Jinping, also agreed that China will increase its share of non-fossil fuel energy consumption to 20% by 2030. In order to do that, China will need to boost its current capacity from solar, wind and nuclear by at least 1,000 gigawatts. Currently, that amount is more than what the coal-fired plants in the country produce.

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One common refrain from Republicans who have opposed increases in green energy and restrictions on carbon emissions has been that, even if they were to agree that global climate change is real, it is pointless for the United States to do anything if large countries like China continue to use fossil fuels unchecked. Now that Obama has brought China to the table and got them to agree to go in a greener direction, that part of the conservative argument falls apart.

Of course, the real reason most Republicans in Washington oppose any significant action on climate change isn’t because of the science behind it or indifference from developing countries or the difficulty in creating a new energy infrastructure. Nope. The real reason is their extremely close ties to the oil, coal natural gas industries and the promises they’ve made that they will do everything they can to obstruct any attempts to curb the use of fossil fuels and expand the use of sustainable energy.

Therefore, once the President made his announcement, the predictable outrage came from the right. Soon-to-be Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), who has long been in the pocket of the coal industry, whined right away that Obama was killing jobs.

“Our economy can’t take the President’s ideological War on Coal that will increase the squeeze on middle-class families and struggling miners. This unrealistic plan, that the President would dump on his successor, would ensure higher utility rates and far fewer jobs…The president said his policies were on the ballot, and the American people spoke up against them.”

On Wednesday morning, Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH), who has invested in oil energies related to the Keystone XL pipeline, released the following statement criticizing the agreement.

“This announcement is yet another sign that the president intends to double down on his job-crushing policies no matter how devastating the impact for America’s heartland and the country as a whole. And it is the latest example of the president’s crusade against affordable, reliable energy that is already hurting jobs and squeezing middle-class families. Republicans have consistently passed legislation to rein in the EPA and stop these harmful policies from taking effect, and we will continue to make this a priority in the new Congress.”

Meanwhile, Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK), who wrote a book claiming global warming is the greatest hoax perpetrated on the American people, and is now in line to chair the Senate’s Environment and Public Works Committee, was also critical of the deal. He said the following to the Washington Post.

“It’s hollow and not believable for China to claim it will shift 20 percent of its energy to non-fossil fuels by 2030, and a promise to peak its carbon emissions only allows the world’s largest economy to buy time…The American people spoke against the President’s climate policies in this last election. As we enter a new Congress, I will do everything in my power to reign [sic] in and shed light on the EPA’s unchecked regulations.”

If these men are against this agreement so vociferously, it means the President is probably doing something right. With China and the US coming to a bilateral deal regarding long-term goals in energy usage and greenhouse gases, it appears that climate change can now place higher on the list of priorities in subsequent G20 conferences. While this deal is a move in the right direction, there is a whole lot more that needs to be done, and done soon.

32 Replies to “GOP Heads Explode After President Obama Cuts Historic Climate Change Deal With China”

  1. If we truly had a free market then the teahadist wouldn’t be trying to stop or slow down solar/ renewables. What we have is crony protectionism

  2. Republicans oppose this deal for 3 reasons:1. Less demand from China for tar sands oil traveling through Keystone. 2.Less demand from China for imported American coal & 3. Lowered ability for their puppeteer,the oligarchs, to write checks for their campaigns!

  3. Here is the problem. They will continue their glassy-eyed bellowing about “job-killing” as they do everything in their power to destroy the economy and introduce endless destructive legislation that the President has to veto, and meanwhile, driven by the presstitute corpse, the downwardly mobile will increasingly believe them and turn to Brown Shi(r)tism,while spoiled young EmoProgs will sit out the next election…our last election.

  4. GOP Heads Explode! Brains all over the place. However, general IQ, exactly the same. I guess that must mean that brain matter does not equal brain Power! [WINK]

  5. their heads explode every time the president does something good. the president is going to keep doing his agenda with or without them.

  6. Pres. Obama & Pres. Xi achieved other historic agreements:
    Trade Deal- to cut Tech Tariff
    Visa Reform
    Agreement to avert Military Confrontation

    Right on cue Whoville party screaming end of the America way of life & the Koch/GOP/MSM, screaming, “say it a little louder.” Thus here come the trolls. While CA announce that this agreement will create 1Ks jobs for CA & reveune:
    https://twitter.com/arapaho415/status/532566321347973120

  7. Inhofe calls China a ‘liar’ to their face. Facepalm.

    McConnell thinks that HIS economy will be hurt by creating millions of jobs that aren’t dependent on oil. And the crushing burden of paying to destroy our own natural resources for electricity MUST remain in place, even though solar and wind eliminate the need for big oil.

    Boehner ignores the life-crushing effects of shut off drinking water in Detroit and flaming water in Pennsylvania. Because if nothing needs to change, we are screwed.

  8. “We’re here to make the place function again, and begin to make progress for the American people,”

    McConnell also wants you to know that the guy who said they were going to make Obama a one-term president by saying no to everything was his “evil twin” who’s always causing him trouble.

  9. Typical liberal/leftism. Enact policies that are harmful to the country and its people, but allow them to troll and bellow about how they ‘stuck it’ to the GOP.

    Slitting their throats to spite their bodies yet again.

  10. Bluegigi, that was poop that splattered not grey matter, I thought I nosed the overwhelming scent of conservative effluence.

  11. So allowing the air we breathe and I don’t know but the ability to go outside without some form of spf30000 would be good for the country? You have just won the idiot of the day for that post

  12. Its a non-binding agreement and China has simply reaffirmed the country will “do its best” to peak emissions by 2030.

  13. OK, enlighten us. What “leftist” policies have been harmful? It’ll be hard, but use facts, sources, etc., and not right wing talking points.

  14. You want harmful?

    –GOP holding the debt ceiling hostage in 2011 caused our credit rating to be downgraded for the first time in our history. Rating agencies specifically cited republican obstinance. We’ve been paying higher interest rates since. House republicans who were in office under W voted 7 times to increase the debt ceiling, with no offsets. Oh, and 17 times under Reagan.

    –The 50+ attempts by the House GOP to repeal the Affordable Care Act cost $55 million.

    –The republican government shutdown last year cost $24 billion.

    –$11 trillion of the $16 trillion debt was rung up by the last 3 republican presidents.

    –Since 1960, under Democratic Administrations, the Stock Market has been higher, GDP is stronger, spending is lower, and more jobs created (42 million vs 24 million) than under republican Administrations.

  15. You want more? OK.

    Republicans talk endlessly about “waste.” But let’s be clear that real waste is what happens when big chunks of the workforce sit idle, not producing goods and services. That creates waste that will never be recovered and it causes all of us to have a lower standard of living. The unemployment of our people — and our plants, equipment and resources — is the major threat to America’s economic well-being, and that is exactly the result of Republican policies every time they are tried.

    But this should not come as any surprise to anyone with even a modicum of memory. This is not the first time in recent history that the evidence has indisputably shown the bankruptcy of GOP economic policies. It was just 6 years ago this September that the same “trickle down” economic policies resulted in the greatest financial and economic collapse in 60 years.

    When the Republicans passed the Bush tax cuts in 2003, they promised massive economic growth. The notion that …

  16. When the Republicans passed the Bush tax cuts in 2003, they promised massive economic growth. The notion that cutting taxes for the rich would “lift all boats” turned out to be sheer fantasy. The Bush years were the first period in modern American economic history to experience zero private sector job growth — zero.

    And of course the Republican commitment to allowing Wall Street bankers and speculators to run wild ultimately resulted in the September, 2008 financial meltdown.

  17. The GOP is trying to kill the planet and your family. Do whatever you consider necessary to save your lives.

    As a very senior and very conservative investor friend told me, “You never put the entire enterprise at risk. That’s bad business.” And yet, that’s what our society appears to be doing. This is mater of life and death that the GOP denies.

    List of scientific bodies that affirm human-caused global climate change.
    *Academy of Sciences Malaysia.
    *Academy of Science of South Africa.
    *American Association for the Advancement of Science.
    *American Astronomical Society.
    *American Chemical Society.
    *American Geophysical Union.
    *American Institute of Physics.
    *American Meteorological Society.
    *American Physical Society.
    *American Quaternary Association.
    *Australian Academy of Science.
    *Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society.
    *Brazilian Academy of Sciences.
    *Canadian Federation of Earth Sciences.
    *Canadian Foundation for Climate and Atmospheric …

  18. Mitch McConnell talking point.
    The agreement states they will peak their emissions by 2030. Peak being the key word here. To achieve that they will have to steadily reduce emissions over the next 16 yrs by depending less on fossil fuels and 20% more on alternative fuel sources. No easy task for an economy growing as rapidly as theirs is. If Mitch and his cronies have their way, one day Americans will have to leave home wearing face masks just like the Chinese.

  19. It’s really kind of sad that the President can have a better relationship with a country like China then the Republican’s. The more the President does right for our country, the more the Republican’s seem to vociferously whine about it.

  20. I think what we need to do is concede that there are oligarchs in the world,a hierarchical order,of neo-feudal overlords and to move on.
    It would be easier to collaborate and transmute their power.
    I think this is entirely possible in the fuel industry, for transport,from fossil fuel to electric ‘fuel’, opening up massive markets.
    The coal industry is tricky, how to move that over to a clean industry and keep the oligarchs happy.

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