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Re: Barack Obama

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Thu Aug 06, 2015 3:17 pm

There is a big summit in Paris sometime this year so might be climate change focus around then but it does seem like it has slipped off the map a bit
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Re: Barack Obama

Unread postby WeiWenDi » Wed Aug 19, 2015 8:45 pm

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Dong Zhou wrote:Will Obama's climate change plans stick or will this fall by the wayside once his successor comes into office?

I think it's more likely they'll fall by the wayside.

In the first place, they're not going to continue unless a democrat gets elected. While that seems more likely at the current moment, it's not guaranteed. So if a Republican gets elected, pretty much everything climate-change related probably goes right out for 8 years (assuming re-election, probably a safe bet).

Besides that, I might have missed it - been watching/hearing less news lately - but there seems to be far less clamor about it now than 8 years ago. Guns have definitely taken a huge step forward, as has racial equality. Immigration was huge for a while, but I guess died down?

It also seems to be less of an issue internationally, so that contributes to the US not caring as much about it. That's my impression, anyway, like I said, I've taken in less news of late.

Obama has a climate change plan? Like a real plan or 12% of a plan? Because to me this looks to be barely a concept. A little over a third of all American carbon emissions come from power generation; 31% come from vehicular emissions and other forms of transportation. And this figure, being only 'domestic' carbon emissions, doesn't even account for international transportation - including what it takes to pump fossil fuels out of the ground and transport them here to be consumed.

Any coherent climate change plan will require a massive realignment in foreign policy that gets our noses out of the dirty fat plutocratic arses of the Saudis and the Kuwaitis. And preferably gives them all a big middle finger, the way Sweden did, while we're at it.
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