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  •  Climate change does not take a backseat to (1+ / 0-)
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    anyone or anything. Our lack of action on climate change is the single most important issue facing Americans and the planet. Yes, Obama increased mileage requirements and his future policies will be infinitely better than a Romney administration. But really, we are just making ourselves feel better while the warming and its consequences are accelerating. Fixing what is wrong would take a huge concerted effort on an international scale, and that is very hard to see happening. Could Obama pull off an international agreement if he put his mind to it? I can't think of anyone more likely than him, with his charisma and international poularity, to pull it off, but he won't even try.

    Meanwhile, it is in each nations best interest to pollute if there are no international binding agreements on CO2 reduction. It is the tragedy of the commons.

    •  he can sign all the agreements he wants (0+ / 0-)

      Unless he gets 2/3 ds of the Senate to ratify them, they're worthless and not a good use of his time.

      And it'll take a lot more than charisma to get the Chinese, Indians, and other big polluters on board.

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