In today’s news trumpeting the “big” US-China carbon deal:
This is, in my view, the most important bilateral climate announcement ever,” said David Sandalow, a former top environmental official at the White House and the Energy Department.
The MOST IMPORTANT? Wow. Consider the other things we learn from the piece:
Yet it wasn’t clear how either the U.S. or China would meet their goals, nor whether China’s growing emissions until 2030 would negate any reductions in the U.S.
If this is what qualifies as newsworthy and important, I’d really love to see what would qualify as unimportant. Here’s more:
“This is a major milestone in the U.S.-China relationship,” Obama said, with Xi at his side. “It shows what’s possible when we work together on an urgent global challenge.”
A major milestone? Sort of kind of maybe agreeing to a non-binding non-target two decades out. Sure.
By the way, the “science” is pretty clear that the US would be cutting carbon emissions totally irrespective of what the political class tried to do about it. And when that reduction happens, we’re going to have to endure a mind-numbing Presidential campaign in 2036 that beats on the tired meme that “together we can” reduce carbon emissions and therefore do a whole host of other things … together.
Finally, this was also in the piece:
the United States and China is putting the world’s two worst polluters
I would challenge the author, and readers, to actually define what pollution is.
AND IN OTHER NEWS TODAY:
The Republicans face a choice. Do not run black candidates and let it be obviously clear that they are racist white elites. Or … they can choose to run black candidates and be a little bit more covert about them being racist white elites (i.e. the only reason they supposedly run black candidates is to provide cover for white elites). That’s just dandy. No comments here, we’re not permitted to provide opinions as members of the non-oppressed class here. Here is my favorite passage:
As the Republican Party contemplates their approach to the 2016 presidential election, the first black, female Mormon in the House has captured their attention on the national stage. This win serves as a psychological victory for them after launching a political strategy to gain more of the “minority vote” since losing the presidency in 2008 and 2012. This pattern of using blacks to further white interests was foundational in the emergence of American society and has been carried forth with each proceeding generation, whether blacks are used physically or, in this case, symbolically. In the end, however, her new role as a freshman GOP congresswoman serves more as window dressing for the red states and is unlikely to result in a shift of more blacks to a party that continues to relegate them to the borders of society. Instead, her accomplishment is quite dangerous for people of color, sending a message that society is post-racial when, in fact, hate crimes, police shootings of innocent and unarmed black men and boys and vitriolic online attacks have dramatically increased since the election of our first black president. Mia Love and her red political ideology do not align with the needs of black Americans, historically disenfranchised people who remain left out and left behind.
That idea is bordering on ____ … oops, I have to shut up. In other news, this guy is not black either. What a fun world we live in.