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Only China can save the planet now that the United States has abandoned any claim to climate leadership

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Only China can save the planet now that the United States has abandoned any claim to climate leadership

from http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/sns- ... story.html

Under its new administration, the United States has abandoned any claim to climate leadership. Whether or not Donald Trump reneges on his now-infamous 2012 tweet claiming climate change was a hoax, the presidency is in the hands of a man who puts ego and profit far before science. The House of Representatives, Senate, and judiciary are all controlled by Republicans who see continuing to tap into new fossil fuels as vital and desirable, and the incoming secretary of state is the former CEO of ExxonMobil, a company whose founding family, the Rockefellers, has described it as "morally reprehensible" for its efforts to conceal information about climate change.

Even if Trump choked to death tomorrow, little short of a coup could cause the Republican-led government to heed its own military's view that climate change poses "significant risk to U.S. national security and international security." At my offices in Shanghai, which I share with the publishers of a prominent international scientific journal, the mood wavers between gloominess and a hope that, somehow, something will save us. But the threat feels personal now, to our families and futures. Scientists talk about "pre-traumatic stress disorder," the difficulty of seeing a tragedy that is still preventable accelerating in slow motion.

With the United States out, who's left to take up the reins of global leadership and push forward measures like last year's breakthrough Paris climate agreement? There's only one possible answer: China.
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China doesn't care about how the environment affects their own citizens, why would they care about polar bears

All we can do is hope Elon Musk starts colonizing other planets so we can escape before we run out of resources
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lol at china saving the planet.
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"Even if Trump choked to death tomorrow, little short of a coup could cause the Republican-led government to heed its own military's view that climate change poses "significant risk to U.S. national security and international security.""

quality journalism right there... and MSM wonders why the average people stopped caring what the media has to say?
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Swswswish wrote:
Feb 24th, 2017 10:37 pm
China doesn't care about how the environment affects their own citizens, why would they care about polar bears

All we can do is hope Elon Musk starts colonizing other planets so we can escape before we run out of resources
So we can ruin other planets too. Woohoo.
Just because you can doesn't mean you should.
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America, under Trump and Bannon, have turned psycho, that's for sure - feel sorry for sane Americans
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gizmo8 wrote:
Feb 25th, 2017 6:49 pm
Not too shocking Trumpff new head of the EPA fought EPA regulations during his time as a AG and fought the tough water and air regulations against oil companies.So now the swamp will be filled with more toxic water.
Trump’s new environment chief says CO2 doesn’t cause global warming. (It does)

EPA chief Scott Pruitt’s view is false, according to mainstream climate science.

https://www.thestar.com/news/world/2017 ... -does.html
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tk1000 wrote:
Mar 9th, 2017 9:33 pm
Trump’s new environment chief says CO2 doesn’t cause global warming. (It does)

EPA chief Scott Pruitt’s view is false, according to mainstream climate science.

https://www.thestar.com/news/world/2017 ... -does.html
Put em in a rocket and send them to Venus. 5 minutes there should give them an idea of what CO2 does.
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tk1000 wrote:
Mar 9th, 2017 9:33 pm
Trump’s new environment chief says CO2 doesn’t cause global warming. (It does)

EPA chief Scott Pruitt’s view is false, according to mainstream climate science.

https://www.thestar.com/news/world/2017 ... -does.html
actual title: "US environment chief says CO2 not main cause of global warming"

pretty easy to tell your bias
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kingofwale wrote:
Mar 10th, 2017 12:03 am
actual title: "US environment chief says CO2 not main cause of global warming"

pretty easy to tell your bias
That opinion is at odds with the official position of the EPA itself, which states that "carbon dioxide is the primary greenhouse gas that is contributing to recent climate change," and that since "the Industrial Revolution began around 1750, human activities have contributed substantially to climate change by adding CO2 and other heat-trapping gases to the atmosphere." Pruitt's opinion is also at odds with conclusions from NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and atmospheric scientists worldwide.
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mr_raider wrote:
Mar 9th, 2017 10:14 pm
Put em in a rocket and send them to Venus. 5 minutes there should give them an idea of what CO2 does.
Venus is both closer to the sun and has tens of thousands of times more CO2 in its much more massive atmosphere than the Earth.

Mars has about 20X more total CO2 in its atmosphere than the Earth, doesn't increase the warmth that much.
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At my offices in Shanghai, which I share with the publishers of a prominent international scientific journal, the mood wavers between gloominess and a hope that, somehow, something will save us.
The journalist lives in China and somehow doesn't realize that China produces about as much CO2 as the US and the EU combined. So much for that savior.

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