In a new article on Huffington Post Dr. James Hansen, the Director of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, writes about the continue failure of the United States to enact an effective climate policy. Which has had the effect of allowing other countries to follow our lead. At the latest G-8 Summit meeting of world leaders, no countries made nearer-term reduction targets and 17 developing nations participating in the G-8 summit refused to commit to any targets at all. This wouldn’t be a big deal, if policy on hand was about what color to paint buildings or the length of women’s dresses, or some other nonsense. Climate policy is about the actual survival of all living beings on the planet. I am adding a section of Dr. James Hansens post below:
Article by Dr. James Hansen via Huffington Post: It didn’t take long for the counterfeit climate bill known as Waxman-Markey to push back against President Obama’s agenda. As the president was arriving in Italy for his first Group of Eight summit, the New York Times was reporting that efforts to close ranks on global warming between the G-8 and the emerging economies had already tanked:
The world’s major industrial nations and emerging powers failed to agree Wednesday on significant cuts in heat-trapping gases by 2050, unraveling an effort to build a global consensus to fight climate change, according to people following the talks.