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Mon Dec 14, 2015, 08:38 PM

The Paris Climate Deal Is President Obama’s Biggest Accomplishment



This weekend, leaders from 196 countries approved the first global agreement to limit greenhouse-gas emissions in human history. The pact is a triumph of international diplomacy shared by diplomats across the planet. It also represents the culmination of a patient strategy by the Obama administration that unfolded over years, and which even many sympathetic journalists long dismissed as fanciful. Obama’s climate agenda has lurked quietly on the recesses of the American imagination for most of his presidency. It is also probably the administration’s most important accomplishment.

1. Climate change is different from other issues. The Obama administration has enacted important reforms to prevent a Great Depression, reform health care, overhaul the financial system and education, and craft important breakthroughs with Iran and Cuba. But climate change occupies a category of its own. The damage from climate change is irreversible. Melted glaciers cannot be easily refrozen; extinct species cannot be reborn; flooded coastal cities are unlikely to be rebuilt. Action to mitigate climate change has an urgency nothing else can match.

2. Paris is a BFD. In 1990, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change called for a global treaty to limit the effects of greenhouse-gas emissions. The United Nations spent the next quarter century trying, and failing, to organize effective world action, despite increasingly dire warnings of massive, deadly, irreversible change that would threaten human life as we know it. An extremely simple conclusion can be drawn from this timeline: A worldwide-climate-change agreement is incredibly hard to do. If the Paris agreement were a simple matter of serving some nice French meals and writing some vague feel-good goals, it would have taken less than a quarter-century to happen.

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It's a BFD Obama Supporters!


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I want to Thank SOS John Kerry and all the Leaders across the Planet who worked so long and hard for this Historic Paris Climate Change Agreement.


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Reply The Paris Climate Deal Is President Obama’s Biggest Accomplishment (Original post)
Cha Dec 2015 OP
steve2470 Dec 2015 #1
Cha Dec 2015 #3
liberal N proud Dec 2015 #2
Cha Dec 2015 #4
Cha Dec 2015 #5
William769 Dec 2015 #6
Cha Dec 2015 #7
brer cat Dec 2015 #8
Cha Dec 2015 #10
KMOD Dec 2015 #9
Cha Dec 2015 #11
Hekate Dec 2015 #12
Cha Dec 2015 #13
Tarheel_Dem Dec 2015 #14
Cha Dec 2015 #15
yallerdawg Dec 2015 #16
Cha Dec 2015 #19
treestar Dec 2015 #17
Cha Dec 2015 #20
treestar Dec 2015 #22
mcar Dec 2015 #18
Cha Dec 2015 #21
Herman4747 Dec 2015 #23

Response to Cha (Original post)

Mon Dec 14, 2015, 08:48 PM

1. big kick and rec, mahalo Cha! nt

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Response to steve2470 (Reply #1)

Mon Dec 14, 2015, 08:50 PM

3. A Huge Thank you to you, Steve!

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Response to Cha (Original post)

Mon Dec 14, 2015, 08:50 PM

2. Ranking up there with all the others

Such as saving the economy from total collapse



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Response to liberal N proud (Reply #2)

Mon Dec 14, 2015, 09:03 PM

4. Thank you, liberal N proud! Don't I know it.. and will the US media give the President credit

for this? I doubt it.

At least it will go a long way to helping Climate Change.. that's the main thing!

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Response to Cha (Original post)

Mon Dec 14, 2015, 09:14 PM

5. How US negotiators ensured landmark Paris climate deal was Republican-proof

At 11.30pm Paris time, a small group of White House officials dashed into a temporary plywood hut in the exhibition hall where, a few hours earlier, a historic legal agreement to cut emissions causing climate change was secured. They were just in time to catch a live feed of Barack Obama declaring “a turning point for the world”.

These were the officials who helped set the US negotiating position for the talks – or, perhaps more accurately, helped craft the deal according to US specifications in order to insulate Obama and the agreement from attacks.

When it came to Republicans in Congress, they wanted the agreement to be bullet-proof. That was no easy feat in a negotiation over an immensely complicated challenge involving nearly 200 countries, and half a dozen rival negotiating blocs.

“We met the moment,” Obama said in his address. The Paris agreement on its own would not end climate change, he said, but “this agreement will help delay or avoid some of the worst consequences of climate change, and will pave the way for even more progress, in successive stages, over the coming years”.

The rest of the fascinating story..
http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/dec/13/climate-change-paris-deal-cop21-obama-administration-congress-republicans-environment?CMP=share_btn_tw

Brilliant! Thanks Obama!

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Response to Cha (Original post)

Mon Dec 14, 2015, 09:21 PM

6. Kick & recommended.

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Response to William769 (Reply #6)

Mon Dec 14, 2015, 09:33 PM

7. Mahalo William!

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Response to Cha (Original post)

Mon Dec 14, 2015, 09:44 PM

8. Once again

his patience has been rewarded, and he has played his game to perfection. Simply amazing what he has accomplished.

K&R and thanks, Cha.

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Response to brer cat (Reply #8)

Mon Dec 14, 2015, 10:16 PM

10. Thank you so much for appreciating how Huge this is, brercat! The absolute right side

of history!

You're Welcome

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Response to Cha (Original post)

Mon Dec 14, 2015, 10:11 PM

9. Big Huge K & R

 

Thank you, President Obama.

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Response to KMOD (Reply #9)

Mon Dec 14, 2015, 10:41 PM

11. It's amazing work from the President, SOS Kerry, and so many world leaders, K!

Thank you!

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Response to Cha (Original post)

Mon Dec 14, 2015, 11:37 PM

12. Huge KnR. Thanks for this post, Cha. nt

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Response to Hekate (Reply #12)

Mon Dec 14, 2015, 11:47 PM

13. Thank you, Hekate! I hear BS called it a

"failure of leadership". He is so on the wrong side of history.

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Response to Cha (Original post)

Tue Dec 15, 2015, 02:26 AM

14. K&R! I just hope our Congress Critters won't try to sandbag this deal.

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Response to Tarheel_Dem (Reply #14)

Tue Dec 15, 2015, 02:34 AM

15. Well then I have a surprise for you!

How US negotiators ensured landmark Paris climate deal was Republican-proof


At 11.30pm Paris time, a small group of White House officials dashed into a temporary plywood hut in the exhibition hall where, a few hours earlier, a historic legal agreement to cut emissions causing climate change was secured. They were just in time to catch a live feed of Barack Obama declaring “a turning point for the world”.

These were the officials who helped set the US negotiating position for the talks – or, perhaps more accurately, helped craft the deal according to US specifications in order to insulate Obama and the agreement from attacks.

When it came to Republicans in Congress, they wanted the agreement to be bullet-proof. That was no easy feat in a negotiation over an immensely complicated challenge involving nearly 200 countries, and half a dozen rival negotiating blocs.

“We met the moment,” Obama said in his address. The Paris agreement on its own would not end climate change, he said, but “this agreement will help delay or avoid some of the worst consequences of climate change, and will pave the way for even more progress, in successive stages, over the coming years”.

The rest of the fascinating story..
http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/dec/13/climate-change-paris-deal-cop21-obama-administration-congress-republicans-environment?CMP=share_btn_tw

Thank you, Tarheel!

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Response to Cha (Original post)

Tue Dec 15, 2015, 08:48 AM

16. The last president blew off global climate treaties.

Keep telling me there is no difference between Democrats and Republicans!

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Response to yallerdawg (Reply #16)

Tue Dec 15, 2015, 01:54 PM

19. This President has has a "patient strategy" to GET IT DONE!

History will show how important this is.. and people who acknowledge and appreciate it are on the right side of history now.

Mahalo yalerdawg!

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Response to Cha (Original post)

Tue Dec 15, 2015, 09:13 AM

17. K&R

I love the neon sign!

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Response to treestar (Reply #17)

Tue Dec 15, 2015, 01:56 PM

20. Here's another one you're gonna love, treestar!



Thank you!

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Response to Cha (Reply #20)

Tue Dec 15, 2015, 02:37 PM

22. Lol

Thank you Cha !

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Response to Cha (Original post)

Tue Dec 15, 2015, 09:15 AM

18. K&R

This is a BFD! Thank you President Obama and SOS Kerry.

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Response to mcar (Reply #18)

Tue Dec 15, 2015, 01:57 PM

21. Mahalo mcar.. I'm glad you saw this!

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Response to Cha (Original post)

Tue Dec 15, 2015, 03:44 PM

23. Kerry's been a GREAT Secretary of State.

 

Congratulations to him, and to President Obama.
I have doubts about the degree to which signatory countries will comply with their agreements

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