The president of China is sometimes more reasonable than most congressional Republicans
President Obama met with Chinese President Xi Jinping in California this past weekend (above), and the two leaders reached an agreement on hydrofluorocarbon emissions, which contribute to global warming.
HERE‘s Steve Benen’s take on the matter:
While most conservatives have come to believe that the entirety of climate science is a communist plot intended to destroy capitalism, a smaller contingent of conservatives are prepared to accept the scientific reality — but their acceptance comes with a catch. They invariably argue, “Even if the climate crisis is real, a meaningful remedy would require action from the U.S. and China, and since the Chinese won’t act, we shouldn’t either.”
I’ve never cared for the argument, not just because it’s a defeatist attitude that dooms the future of humanity, but also because it ignores the potential for American leadership. Our willingness to lead shouldn’t be dependent on some other country’s willingness to do the same — we’re the global superpower, and we do the right thing because it’s the right thing, not because China agreed to a deal.
But the agreement over the weekend suggests the premise of the right’s argument isn’t correct, either — China will negotiate and will take steps to address the climate crisis.
It’s more than I can say about congressional Republicans.