Republicans Engage in More Treason to Undermine the President on Climate Change

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The Republicans have become used to treason, first undermining President Obama’s efforts toward a negotiated nuclear settlement with Iran, and now, as Politico reports, his goal of a climate change agreement:

Top Republican lawmakers are planning a wide-ranging offensive — including outreach to foreign officials by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s office — to undermine President Barack Obama’s hopes of reaching an international climate change agreement that would cement his environmental legacy.

This is not entirely new. As far back as this spring, McConnell very publicly addressed foreign nations when, during a Senate Appropriations subcommittee hearing, he told EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy,:

One final point: You have assured international officials that the U.S. is serious about imposing climate change regulations. I’d say what we have learned from your recent time on Capitol Hill is this is not the case. I would remind you that the Executive Branch is only one-third of the U.S. government. The Congress, of course, didn’t pass Cap and Trade back in 2009 and 2010 when the Democrats had very large majorities here. So, the failure of Congress to sign off should signal to other countries that they should proceed with caution into the December 2015 climate talks in Paris.

It is one thing to cast doubts and misinformation at home. Republicans have been doing that for decades. They are even within their legal rights to try to block legislation in Congress. But it is entirely another matter altogether if they subvert the president’s will by working with foreign governments to accomplish their goal.

Apparently feeling that earlier public warning was not enough of a betrayal, that is precisely what “a top policy aide” to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), Neil Chatterjee, has been up to, according to Environment & Energy News:

GOP Senate staff, led by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-Ky.) energy aide Neil Chatterjee, has been reaching out to foreign officials over the past months to warn that the White House’s pledges of emissions reductions and aid dollars won’t withstand congressional opposition — and especially the possible election of a new Republican president. E.U. members who have been among the strongest proponents of a stringent deal in Paris this year were on their call list.

President Obama has big plans for the Paris climate conference, the 21st Session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21/CMP11), otherwise known as “Paris 2015,” which runs from November 30th to December 11th.

According to the conference’s official website,

COP21 will be a crucial conference, as it needs to achieve a new international agreement on the climate, applicable to all countries, with the aim of keeping global warming below 2°C. France will therefore be playing a leading international role to ensure points of view converge and to facilitate the search for consensus by the United Nations, as well as within the European Union, which has a major role in climate negotiations.

In March, the White House lauded the the Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC) submission by Mexico’s President Peña Nieto, saying, “Mexico’s submission is in keeping with the Lima Decision calling on all parties to submit their Intended Nationally Determined Contributions well in advance of COP21 in Paris this December. We hope that Mexico’s actions will encourage other economies to submit INDCs that are ambitious, timely, transparent, detailed, and achievable.”

So Republicans are subverting not only their own president but the world. The G-7 Leaders’ Declaration, issued at Schloss Elmau, Germany, of June 8, 2015, stated,

The UN Climate Conference in Paris COP 21 is crucial for the protection of the global climate, the UN summit in New York will set the universal global sustainable development agenda for the years to come and the Third International Conference on Financing for Development in Addis Ababa will support the implementation of the Post-2015 Development Agenda. We want to provide key impetus for ambitious results. “Think ahead. Act together.” – that is our guiding principle.

Think together. Act together.

Unless you’re a Republican. Then you plot and act against the collective will of the international community. Not with facts and science, but by casting doubt on their own country, betraying not only their president but the people who elected them to toffice.

While Obama’s climate plan fact sheet stressed “increasing awareness of the global challenges in addressing climate change in advance of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)’s 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21),” Republicans stress subverting efforts to combat climate change at COP21.

E&E-News reports that Jake Schmidt, who directs the international program for the Natural Resources Defense Council, “said it was ironic that after years of arguing EPA would act alone if it tackled climate change, Republicans now seem to be trying to persuade other countries not to cooperate.”

“Now McConnell’s strategy has shifted to ‘Since those countries are moving ahead, we’re going to try to undercut the international efforts because the U.S. isn’t trustworthy.'”

So here we are with the world on fire, and Republicans are playing politics.

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We are presented with the hottest year on record year after year, each hotter than the last. The ice caps are melting, sea levels are rising, drought and wildfire plague the West, with an area the size of New Hampshire and Vermont combined now burned to ashes, the Forest Service is spending $200 million EACH WEEK to fight the blazes, and the Republicans are playing politics.

Anything to stop Obama and help their rich friends subvert every attempt to save our planet and keep it habitable for our children.

Even treason.

32 Replies to “Republicans Engage in More Treason to Undermine the President on Climate Change”

  1. “If a political party does not have its foundation in the determination to advance a cause that is right and that is moral, then it is not a political party; it is merely a conspiracy to seize power.”
    ―Dwight D. Eisenhower

  2. Remember, the Birchers, the original TP in the 20th Century, called Ike a tool of the Communist Conspiracy.

  3. I believe the leaders of the other countries know President Obama pretty well and will dismiss this ploy by the gop as just that. The president has nothing to worry about.

  4. While that is a nice sentiment, the presumptive interpretation by >anyone< reading it is that their position is the " right and moral" one. Not saying that ignoring science and international sentiment is "right and moral", but that such quotes do not advance the conversation. No one would change the positions over it. Remember when they called themselves the "Moral Majority". It was too easy to add "is neither." to complete the opposing thought and dismiss them. What is needed is a drumbeat of simplified concepts banged out in manners that are inescapable for all those who have already encased themselves in their information bubbles. Break through the willful wall of dissent to help start a dialogue.

  5. Short of the American electorate waking up en masse and ousting the GOP, I don’t know what we can do to stop them. I am truly concerned that that will never happen since I have been waiting for GOP voters to wake up since Saint Ronnie the Reagan began the destruction of our middle class and our Republic. I see signs that that may be happening, but I’ve seen those signs before, only to see them double down on their ignorance. How do you deal with people whose ignorance is worn as a badge of honor?

  6. The points made here are logical, the data is sound. Now can anyone think of an example that could convince the totally delusional to get on board with our president? There are those, who unless they are staring in the face of some epic disaster, will never understand. GOD would never let this happen to them. They pledge the right ammount of money and pray the right prayers on Sunday. Mitch McConnell and Ted Cruz, tell them so!
    If Kansas and Oklahoma suddenly became ocean front property on their western boarders, that still wouldn’t be sufficient to satisfy their denial!

  7. That’s the problem Francie. They believe that it doesn’t matter what they do. They believe that Jesus is coming back, and when he does, he is going to restore the Earth to her pristine levels and they will live forever in paradise. Delusional at best, but actually, completely insane.

  8. It’s not just the leaders of foreign countries, public opinion,too,has suffered since 2003. If the GOP takes back the W.H. I worry that the U.S. will be a diplomatic outcast around the globe.

  9. Those Birchers now have control of the party thanks in no small part to the hard work and financial support of Charles & David Koch, the sons of the co-founder of the John Birch Society, Fred Koch.

  10. The governments we will be negotiating with do like and trust Obama. They are also keenly aware of what the Republicans are up to (read Der Spiegel, for example – “die Republikaner” and their nefarious machinations are always mentioned)and will give them their due consideration (zero).

  11. Don’t forget Mike Grebe, CEO of the Bradley Foundation. Harry Bradley, Founding member of the John Birch Society in Milwaukee. Grebe is also Scott Walkers campaign manager. They sing the best chorus of The John Birch Society Paranoid Blues.

  12. …me Dads thoughts on how to deal with Traitors;{“A 9mm aspirin cures all ills.”} I’m starting to agree with…
    …but these other countries have watched the Reich Wing from President Obamas Inaugural betray the Constitution they supposedly swore to uphold {fingers crossed behind their backs???} I don’t think they’re impressed…Putin and the Chinese head o’ State are probably wondering why Obama hasn’t shot or poisoned our traitors!!!

  13. Can we PLEASE stop calling this treason?

    Sedition? Sure. But it’s not treason.

    Treason is the only crime mentioned in the US Constitution and it’s defined as offering assistance to an enemy during a time of war.

  14. In a Weather Channel segment this morning about the melting of permafrost in Alaska, the meteorologist said that the average temperature in Alaska has risen by 6 degrees F over the past 60 years. That’s quite a change. One would think that Alaskans would be showing more concern about climate change. Sarah Palin? Hmmm?

  15. You would be correct in that assumption, however, the only way the Republicans can win the White House would be by massive fraud.

  16. McConnell could care less about climate change. As long as the Kochs and the coal industry keep lining his pockets, he’s happy. After all, he won’t be around to face the consequences of the decisions he’s making for his corporate bosses.

  17. That’s because we have a “liberal media” that is complicit and in bed with the GOP. Notice how on the Sunday talk shows almost every guest is a Republican? The mainstream media carries the GOP water, and the public thinks that the DEMOCRATS are the traitors here. Our population is totally ignorant of what’s really going on, and the only outlet for real news are on these news blogs, and international media.

    The media is owned lock, stock and barrel by the corporations who scratch the GOP backs, and they scratch theirs. Quid pro quo.

  18. You’d think considering that they’re going to be the first to die when all that trapped methane is released into the atmosphere. Of course the rest of us will soon follow, but they’ll get the highest concentrations.

    The permafrost is a ticking time bomb that threatens the ENTIRE planet, yet here we are dithering about it.

  19. The GOP are nothing but hateful, deceitful, pricks, they should burn in hell for eternity, If I believed that shit.

  20. This is a pathetic example of people not truly understanding the issue. While we have the right to dissent, in this country, it has never been such that we denigrate those who have been elected to lead. We can disagree with their suggestions, but those who can read ought exercise better judgment than to take a political position on a non-political matter. It is a reflection of just how far our system of education has fallen, from a once respected level of competence.

  21. McConnell and his treasonous tribe are not dealing with some back-woods hicks. These heads of state are intelligent people and I’m sure are extremely suspicious of and ‘diplomatic’ when communicating with those who would circumvent their own leader.

    He’s going to get it right in the a$$–again. Remember the Israel/Iran stunt, Mitch? Guess not.

  22. Agreed. I’m SO sick of hearing that HRC hasn’t ‘apologized’ for using her personal email. Who gives a flying #*@! Why should she have to apologize for something that was not illegal?!? Next topic, please!

    But the media can’t get off it…

  23. I wonder if the GOP- gods of poverty- are aware that the whole world is horrified by the antics of the children in congress?

  24. This is not good
    Fox Buys National Geographic? Aaarrghg!!!!
    A National Geographic news release says:

    The National Geographic Society and 21st Century Fox announced today that they are expanding their partnership in a venture that will include National Geographic’s cable channels, its 127-year-old magazine, digital and social platforms, maps, travel and other media.

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