When many leaders of countries worldwide are sitting down in Paris at the United Nations climate summit to hammer out substantive measures to save the planet, Republicans in Congress are playing their usual “against everything game.”
GOP lawmakers want the world to know that President Barack Obama’s promises for the U.S. to reduce fossil fuel consumption and planet-warming greenhouse gases don’t mean squat. Despite a certain veto from Obama, the House and Senate passed resolutions to scrub Environmental Protection Agency rules that would drastically decrease emissions from existing and future coal-fired power plants in the U.S.
Republican lawmakers are siding with the economic interests of coal producing states rather than thinking about emerging green energy sources that would benefit the planet and ensure continued economic prosperity. They are wrong in putting so much political firepower into the status quo and destructive industrial age production.
Obama and world leaders in Paris need to hammer out ways to reduce human consumption of fossil fuels and the mounting amount of damage they are doing to the planet. Destruction of rain forests in tropical countries also must cease.
Despite what global warming deniers keep repeating, the science is clear.
Fossil fuel use is melting polar ice, raising sea levels, threatening island nations and shorelines, increasing droughts and wild fires in some areas and flooding in others, and causing storms to be more violent. More plant and animal species are being threatened with extinction, migratory patterns are shifting and more people being forced to leave their land are becoming climate change refugees.
The Republican push-back is an example of the political fight surrounding some people’s failure to see the urgency to act now against climate change. Still other flat-earthers want to continue to exploit the Earth’s resources for greed and economic gain regardless of the consequences.
But the urgency is real and the time to act has been delayed for far too long. Waiting will only result in insurance companies, individuals and nations paying billions of dollars more in storm, drought and fire-related damage. The unthinkable are the lives of human beings that will be lost because of climate change and world leaders’ inaction.
Agreement on a substantive plan to fight climate change will come down to how long people are willing to pay for the disastrous damage to the planet that human consumption of fossil fuels is causing.