McTurtle comes out of his shell to denounce US-China deal on carbon emissions
Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell was voted into his new role as majority leader in the Senate earlier today and welcomed the new GOP Senators who ousted enough Democrats to gain a majority in Congress. McConnell and other GOP leaders wasted no time in immediately criticizing President Obama over the new deal with China on climate change.
The problem is the president continues to send signals he has no intention of moving to the middle. I was particularly distressed by the deal that apparently he has reached with the Chinese on his current trip, which, as I read the agreement, requires the Chinese to do nothing at all for 16 years while these carbon emission regulations are creating havoc in my state and other states around the country.
President Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping announced yesterday that they had come to an agreement in a progressive effort to reduce CO2 emissions in their countries. The U.S. and China output more greenhouse gas emissions than any other countries in the world. This agreement has been applauded by the climate conscious world.
The US-China agreement would cut greenhouse gas by 26 percent to 28 percent by 2025, while China would start to pull back on emissions output by 2030. President Xi Jinping also agreed to pull 20 percent of energy from non-fossil fuels by 2030.
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) also criticized the plan and said in a statement:
The President appears to be undeterred by the American people’s clear repudiation of his policies, The House will continue to fight this Administration’s cavalier approach of jamming through harmful regulations without regard to economic consequences.
GOP leaders unlikely to move towards the middle on climate change
McConnell went on to criticize the president for being too leftist:
I would welcome the president moving to the middle. I’ve said before, I hope we can do some business on trade and tax reform. The first indications have not been very hopeful.
It’s just really doubtful that if Obama were to dance towards the center on the issue of climate change that McConnell would even meet him on the floor.
Senator Jim Inhofe (R-OK), who was just elected to the Environment and Public Works Committee in the Senate, said:
As we enter a new Congress, I will do everything in my power to rein in and shed light on the EPA’s unchecked regulations.
It should also be noted that Sen. Inhofe thinks global warming is a hoax perpetuated by the United Nations to “shut down the machine called America.”
Hear that, Climate Change? Not today.