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Republican stupidity in congress on climate change is grounds for general insurrection

June 14th, 2016 · No Comments


In all of the extensive media coverage of the Paris conference, perhaps the most important sentences were these, buried near the end of a long New York Times analysis: “Traditionally, negotiators have sought to forge a legally binding treaty that needed ratification by the governments of the participating countries to have force. There is no way to get that in this case, because of the United States. A treaty would be dead on arrival on Capitol Hill without the required two-thirds majority vote in the Republican-controlled Senate. So the voluntary plans are taking the place of mandatory, top-down targets.” And voluntary plans are a guarantee of failure.

“Because of the United States.” More precisely, because of the Republican Party, which by now is becoming a real danger to decent human survival.

Chomsky’s summary is good here: the above is an extraordinary fact we have lived with with especial gruesomeness since the Paris congress. Everything about this situation violates the principle of fair government, to say nothing of being simply insane.

We need to confront the reality: we have grounds for not submitting to such a government…when in the course of human events…

(Please don’t jump the gun here: ‘grounds for’ is not yet a green light for action, but it is not up to me…

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