Saturday, November 7, 2015

Inhofe Threatens to Send Staff to Interrupt Paris Climate Talks

Yesterday, President Obama rejected TransCanada's permit to build the 1,100 mile Keystone XL Pipeline through America's heartland.  It was a good day for environmentalists.

The story reminded me of this recent report from The Hill regarding how the Republican Party will do everything in its power to undermine the President's environmental policies, the U.S. reputation for leadership be damned. 

"U.S... negotiators are working on an international climate agreement in advance of a global gathering in Paris in December...

...Lawmakers including Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Chairman Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and House Energy and Commerce Committee energy and power subpanel chairman Ed Whitfield (R-Ky.) are considering going to Paris or sending staff to try to influence the talks.

'I don't know if I'll repeat what I've done several times before, which is to go over and be the bad guy, the one-man truth squad, and tell the truth, that they're going to be lied to by the Obama administration,' Inhofe said,..

...When American officials deliberately tell the world not to trust the United States, it's not politics as usual.  It's vastly worse...

...(Earlier this year) Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) also warned U.S. negotiating partners around the world to 'proceed with caution; in climate talks, because the White House may not be able to deliver on its commitments if Republicans curtail environmental protections and safeguards.

What Inhofe is describing, however, is far less subtle.  McConnell's letter was vague, but the right-wing Oklahoman is talking about crashing international talks in person and sabotaging the United States' attempts at leadership."

eye'm thynkin':  When you let your hatred toward one man--Barack Obama--so blind you to the world-wide consensus on climate change that bragging of your willingness to weaken your nation's standing as a global leader seems like a good idea, you're not a patriot.  You're sick.

Read more at MSNBC

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