Climate Deal Just Weakened The GOP’s Favorite Argument Against Reducing Emissions
Republicans have so far been largely silent on President Barack Obama’s surprise announcement of a climate deal between the United States and China.
In the past, many in the GOP have used China’s apparent unwillingness to agree to such a deal as an excuse for America to stand pat as well. One clip posted on YouTube by Climate Desk shows Republican lawmakers repeatedly saying the U.S. can’t act until other major emitters such as China do so.
Now that China has agreed to a deal, will anything change? Probably not: It’s worth noting that these same lawmakers also name other major emitters such as India and Mexico as obstacles to changing emissions standards in the U.S.