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The president of China is sometimes more reasonable than most congressional Republicans

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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.

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4 Comments

  1. Brian Opsahl

    When your biggest city has orange air on hot sticky days….Houston we have a problem…!
    The Chinese are smart enought to recognize they have a problem and want to make the necessary changes for their PEOPLE…!!

  2. Neftali

    Nice pic of that Communist taking a leisurely stroll over the bridge. Oh, and the Chinese President looks good too!

  3. C’mon Nef! You know most of us read this blog at work!

    I laughed so hard that people are staring! I spit my coffee all over my fancy new monitor!

    Or not.

    Wait, on second thought, I see you are suggesting – no, REVEALING – that Obama is Chinese!

    From your keyboard to Drudge’s ears. Watch. When they give you tomorrow’s talking points, you will get props for bullet 1.

  4. Craig Knauss

    “Communist”? That was real mature, Neffipoo.

    And what are you? A neo-Nazi? You’re starting to sound like it.

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