Democrats Push “Climate Action Now” Bill

Nancy Pelosi and President Trump

Guest essay by Eric Worrall

The Democrat controlled House of Representatives is set to pass the “Climate Action Now” bill, which seeks to prevent the US withdrawal from the Paris Agreement, and requires President Trump to prepare an annual report on compliance with Paris goals.

A BILL TO HONOR PARIS AGREEMENT GOALS COULD BE THE FIRST CLIMATE LEGISLATION TO PASS THE HOUSE THIS YEAR

Though the vote is expected to be along party lines, it’s more likely to gain the support of some Republicans than previous climate bills.
LEAH DUNLEVY

This week, the House of Representatives is set to vote on a new resolution aimed at mitigating the impacts of President Donald Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris Agreement.

The bill, known as the Climate Action Now Act, would functionally reinstate United States participation in the Paris Agreement. The bill first prohibits the Trump administration from using federal funds to withdraw from the agreement. Second, the bill would require Trump to develop a plan (updated annually) for the U.S. to meet its contributions to the agreement, including greenhouse gas emission cuts (by 26 to 28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025), and require that the Trump administration work to ensure that other parties to the agreement are fulfilling their contributions.

The bill is expected to be the first climate legislation passed by the newly Democratically controlled House, although it is expected to fail in the Republican-controlled Senate

Read more: https://psmag.com/news/a-house-bill-reinstating-us-participation-in-the-paris-agreement

From the Summary on the Congressional Website;

Reported to House, Part II (04/18/2019)
Climate Action Now Act

This bill requires the President to develop and update annually a plan for the United States to meet its nationally determined contribution under the Paris Agreement on climate change. Specifically, the plan must describe steps to (1) cut greenhouse gas emissions by 26%-28% below 2005 levels by 2025, and (2) confirm that other parties to the agreement with major economies are fulfilling their announced contributions.

In addition, the bill prohibits federal funds from being used to withdraw from the agreement.

Read more: https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-bill/9

What a useless waste of time.

Even if you support climate action, what is the point of this bill?

There is almost no chance of this bill passing the senate, or if by some miracle it passes the senate, President Trump would surely veto, yet the Democrats choose to waste everyone’s time on a hardline partisan climate bill, instead of liaising with other branches of government to discover a workable compromise.

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93 thoughts on “Democrats Push “Climate Action Now” Bill

  1. “prevent the US withdrawal from the Paris Agreement, and requires President Trump to prepare an annual report on compliance with Paris goals. A BILL TO HONOR PARIS AGREEMENT GOALS”

    The USA did submit an INDC. That INDC does not match any other INDC. Therefore there is no “agreement”. Also the INDCs contain “nationally determined intentions” and not goals. The American INDC says that “the United States intends to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 26-28 per cent below its 2005 level in 2025″ because ” global emission reductions are needed to keep the global temperature rise below 2 degrees Celsius”

    The “Agreement” if there is one is a target of 2C. If the UN can arbitrarily change it to 1.5C, there is no agreement and nations that submitted INDCs should be able to arbitrarily change their INDCs. Therefore a new Trumpian INDC that “we Intend to keep emitting” would still be part of the “Paris Agreement”.

    • why the hell would you be paying anything to leave?
      its not legal binding as i understood it? and its not the eu brexit style ripoff like uk is copping.

    • Even better, Obama never even submitted the Paris Agreement to the Senate for ratification (he knew it wouldn’t pass), the Paris agreement from the US side was negotiated to be set up as an “executive agreement”, not a treaty.

      Since it’s not a treaty, and hasn’t been ratified, the US under US constitutional law can have no binding commitments. So a screw you INDC would fully comply with the bill that the democrats are pushing. Not that that bill would have any chance of passing in the current Senate.

  2. Pelosi and friends have no idea what it means to govern.
    Apparently they want to give another $200,000,000,000 to the
    UN Green Slush Fund.
    Perhaps they should start a fund that they all contribute to
    and excuse the rest of us. I don’t care how they spend their millions.
    They ought to let me spend the few dollars that I have.

  3. Oh it is worst than they thought. Their timing is off
    They should have waited until Dec of this year or Jan. of 2020. That way it could be used in all the 2020 races.
    Doing it now means it will fail and drop out of the news cycle.

    michael

    • They’ll keep trying with more such time wasting bills. The Republicans did the same thing with Obamacare. They Republican house passed Obamacare repeal bill after Obamacare repeal bill only to watch each one die in the Democrat Senate when Obama was in the white house.

  4. The more the Democrats embed themselves in the quagmire of climate lies, the more brutal will be their punishment when the SHTF. It is only a couple of weeks until the Comey report is released. Then the FISA declassification could destroy the Democrats totally, especially if the revelation comes out that the election was fraudulent. It is more than likely that the Democrats did not really win the House but more likely were comprehensively beaten, but “won” by cheating. All the more reason for heads to roll. Note, as of New Years Day, by Executive Order, such traitors can be tried in a military court and traitors face the death penalty.
    The Mueller probe which showed the whole Russian collusion thing had absolutely no basis in fact is the first in what will be a series of revelations that will bring the Democrats and their puppetmasters unstuck, but after they get through more of their draconian restrictions on free speech.

    • Wishful thinking. You forget the most important thing — the Dopacraps control just about everything. Doesn’t matter what comes to light, they will not be held accountable.

    • Well said High Treason. The tantrum driven propaganda by the Main Stream Media is much more difficult to sort out when it comes to worldly events compared to the usual subject matter that many of the contributors to this most excellent site bring, as well as the many who join in the discussion.

      This makes it extremely difficult for most who do not have the developed scientific gifts of inquiry. Let’s face it,.. most people have never developed the difficult practice of many of the fine people who visit this site, namely the discipline of being willing to accept the excruciating pain that often arises from not knowing. Nor are most people willing to tolerate the doubt and confusion that comes with true scientific research. (Who was it who said that politics is the refuge of scoundrels?)

      History bears witness to the experiential fact that when we set out on a journey of inquiry, we spend at least 99.999 % of the time being off course or, in other words,.. being in error,.. wrong,.. deluded,.. and yes,.. even stupid. Because of this only too human tendency,. we developed the scientific procedures that many here practice daily in their work and personal lives.

      Two people come to mind as I write this comment, Anthony Watts and Willis Eschenbach.. Anthony, for the extraordinary journey he has been on personally and professionally when he developed and grew this website and Willis for his many real life sailing adventures and scientific search for understanding. Both of their lives have required great courage and humility in the face of daunting challenges. (Note, having said this I am in no way meaning to omit others who post and comment here. Trolls however are placed on notice.)

      My humble thanks to them both as well as the growing number of contributors to this site. Surly they also share similar encounters with the foes called error, doubt, uncertainty, and confusion. Yet they too continue on to their goal of discovering the truth.

      Humor is a testament to the character of many who come to WUWT, because true science tends to encourage humility and a tendency to not take oneself too seriously.

      That being said, at the same time a deeply rooted courage must be developed both personally and professionally. Some here have alluded to their having achieved this uncommon characteristic through the display of those personality traits that are required to publish here while being willing to weather the exposure to public criticism and/or correction. Some of their strength, I suspect, comes from their love of the Truth of Experience or Reality.

      Both politics and religion has been been infected by corruption which is so confounding that most people do not have the time and the resources to dig into their catacombs. Alas people are the ones who corrupt both religion and politics, just like many visitors to WUWT have discovered has happened to science.

      High Treason,.. you are correct, though you have only scratched the surface. In the coming months and years people will be stunned and traumatized by what is uncovered. However,.. please be forewarned. Be careful if you decide to apply your inquiry skills as you dig into these quagmires. Doing so will stress and strain your psychological / spiritual strength and courage and essentially threaten your conception of Reality.

      I mention this last point because there are already many extraordinary and selfless people hard at work cleaning out the rot and decay that the world is suffering from and I know that they would hardily welcome the puzzle solving, “hound-dog” truth tracking skills that many here possess.

      With that I leave you with a famous motto that most who visit this site will resonate with on so many levels, not only in science but also throughout life’s travels: “Where We Go One, We Go All” (WWGOWGA).

      Thank You for your kind consideration,..
      Charlie

  5. My understanding was that Obama, not the US Congress, that agreed to the Paris plan.

    How do you pass a bill for something that was not sanctioned by those passing the bill?

    • “How do you pass a bill for something that was not sanctioned by those passing the bill?”

      It’s called, “Making stuff up as you go along.” They aren’t passing a bill. They are passing along a headline to the YSM (Yellow Stream Media).

    • Can someone from the USA explain to us non residents why a politician would waste time on something that is dead at inception?

      • Politicians do this to pander to their base and make them think the politicians are doing something for them.

        When the House Republicans had control of the House they passed about 100 bills over the years repealing Obamacare. They knew none of these bills would ever get past the U.S. Senate, but they passed them anyway, just to make their base think they are doing things the base wants.

        The Democrats are doing the same thing. They know this bill is going nowhere but that’s not the point, they just want to signal to their base that they have their heads in the proper Leftist place.

        This vote will have some benefits as we will be able to see if any Republicans vote for it and if they do then we can primary them come the next election. Show yourselves please, we have replacemets standing by.

      • politics ….

        To keep their key supporters supporting.

        To keep the donations coming in.

        To make headlines that they think are positive (knowing that the headline writers won’t ask the same question as you did).

      • Thank you for asking LdB.

        They do it because they are doing everything they can to distract the public from the real news. They are TERRIFIED by the information that President Trump has at his fingertips, as well as others like General Flynn, who knows where the bodies are buried. The Main Stream Media are actually a propaganda arm of the DNC. This is similar to the so-called scientific journals which have become anything BUT scientific when it comes to “climate change”(which is a political term NOT a term coined by science). Such publications are far more secret and obscure in their treatment of new research than they are truthful and interested by inquiry into the truth.

        To get a sense of the role that the MSM plays in this real-life movie, notice how all of the big news outlets use the exact same talking points. (Those of us who have been around a while can recall a time when the various publications tried to “scoop” the others on an investigation. No two publications had the same story titles nor subject except when the news was huge, like the end of war or a world wide turn of events.) However, that being said, the truth is that the news has been compromised since at least the turn of the last century.

        America is trying to Wake Up and so is the rest of the world. Do not take the MSM of the world and other countries as fact or truth, only as distraction, lies or even worse “disinformation”. (Disformation: a little truth wrapped in lies drama and distraction.)

        I know that this makes people VERY uncomfortable. Then again I know that there are enough sleuths visiting this site that it bears talking about it. People on WUWT are highly skilled and seasoned “bloodhounds”, and I trust that they have the “natural radar” available to them to keep the ideas that I bring up here in mind for later reference.

        If however someone sees fit to attack with troll logic and statements then you’ll know that I am indeed “over target” and drawing fire for a reason.

        Remember that the Dems need to distract with lies and wild projections in order to attempt to control the narrative. But it is NOT working because they are getting more alarmist and dramatic with each passing day. They know that they cannot stop what is coming. Stay tuned and enjoy the show. (The same applies to the subject of climate science and global warming that is the main course of this site, thanks to Anthony,.. because no matter how much singing and dancing the proponents of man-caused global warming put on the public stage, they cannot and will not fool the reality of Nature.)

        I Appreciate this opportunity to speak,..

        Charlie

  6. That’s exactly WHY they are pushing the agreement … because it has NO CHANCE of succeeding. But! It could be USED as political weaponry (possibly forcing an “anti-environment” VETO from Trump. Or simply used to show how the (R) Senators don’t carrrrrrreeee about a healthy environment for … the … chilllllldern.

    That’s ALL the Democretins are good for … Political Theatre. A giant circle jerk. As Woody Allen said about masterbation … at least it’s sex with someone I LIKE! Keep rubbing one out AOC … I can see and hear how much you like to hear yourself speak.

      • Exactly, Mitch will never bring any of these political theatre bills to the floor unless, like the Green New Deal, he can use it to embarrass the Democrats in the Senate. It’s never leaving the Senate just like all the Republican House bills that never made it past the Dem. Senate during Obama’s era.

  7. “What a useless waste of time. Even if you support climate action, what is the point of this bill?”

    Exactly; this is a waste of time and there is no coherent point.

    • Like most of the Democrat’s activity so far this year in the House, the “point” is to shore up votes from the radical left’s “useful idiots” in 2020.
      Beyond a series of investigations, giveaways and loosening voting requirement schemes, they have accomplished nothing.
      It is entirely “show”.

  8. Correct me if I’m wrong, but as I understand it, the Senate never did ratify US participation in the Paris Accord.

    Thus: Since the Senate never ratified US participation in the Paris Accord, it was never in force in the US.

    The US only acted as though (pretended) it was in force because that’s what the president (Obama) wanted. So withdrawing from the accord only requires that the government stop pretending it’s in force.

    Democrats want the President to “confirm that other parties to the agreement with major economies are fulfilling their announced contributions.”

    Right.

    The biggest emitter by far is China, whose commitment to the Paris Accord is to keep increasing emissions as if there was no accord.

    And the Dems want this to keep happening.

    Obviously they don’t believe the global warming myth.

    • The Paris Accord was non-binding, therefore no nation, even those with major economies, is bound to fulfill their announced contributions.

      • But the public shaming will be brutal, and might involve a rigorous leaflet campaign.

        • I hope they’ll be printed on recycled paper, in a hand press, with biodegradable ink.

          …who am I kiddin

      • The Accord itself was non-binding, Jim, but if it had been ratified in the US, it would have been in force in the US by US law, requiring legislation to rescind.

        • But it was never even sent to the Senate for ratification (because Obama knew it didn’t have a snowballs chance) so it isn’t in force in the US by US law – Hence Trump’s ability to declare we’re out. Of course if Trump loses in 2020, then which ever of the menagerie of Dem. candidates that manages to get installed in 1600 Penn. Ave. will likely declare we’re back in. And we could be looking at another Mexico City policy ping-pong match between successive presidents.

  9. Unfortunately the world is being dictated to by green zealots who are not willing to compromise in any way shape or form. Here in australia we have the radical greens a very left labour party and a lot of very uninformed independents who demand climate change action based on no facts at all. These groups will destroy the world well before made up cagw ever will. One can only hope they are at their peak as every year that passes everyone will realise the climate hasn’t changed and will boot them out of office.

    • Reports are coming in that Trump is agreeing with Pelosi and Schumer to spend $2 Trillion for infrastructure and Climate Change. No talk of vetoes.

      This better be incomplete reporting. If not it’s over. Not hearing any pushback from the Republicans.

      It’s time to get in line with our hands out or we’ll be left holding the bag. Better get your voucher in hand to install your solar system or you’ll be paying the bill with nothing to show for it.

      Yeah, this is going to turn out well.

      • Doc, the best advice I can give is to ignore any leftwing characterizations of Trump’s words or actions. Wait until you hear it from Trump himself because that’s about the only place you are going to find out what he really said. All the reporting focuses on portraying Trump and his actions in the worst light possible. They work extra hard at trying to cause Trump’s base to lose faith in him.

        • It’s called dealmaking. Trump is a businessman first and a politician third. If acquiesing to an almost completely symbolic piece of eco-punk legislation could help him get the real sh– he wants done, he’ll leave it on the table. Pragmatism at work. Leave wholesale rejection on ideological grounds to the Democrats.

          • A lot of infrastructure relates to adaptation, not mitigation. Building dikes, drainage, dams, sea walls etc is not a problem if they are needed now. Let’s wait and see what comes out.

      • If it’s just infrastructure, that can be defended. Maintenance on the Interstate system has been inadequate for years. Don’t know if $2Trillion is the correct amount to bring the system back up to snuff.

      • Reports are coming in that Trump is agreeing with Pelosi and Schumer to spend $2 Trillion for infrastructure and Climate Change. No talk of vetoes.

        You’ve misheard. Yes, Trump, the vampiric one (Pelosi), and Crying chuck had a meeting where they generally agreed on a $2 trillion infrastructure bill. However, Climate change was not part of that agreement. Democrats will most definitely try to sneak “fighting climate change” nonsense into the bill (but it’s not anything Trump agreed to) and doing so will derail any such bill long before it reaches his desk. And that’s likely by design. They don’t want Trump to have a “win” in passing any legislation and want paint it as if they tried to get a bipartisan bill passed but Trump and those nasty Republicans wouldn’t let it happen.

  10. It’s all part of the escalating climate hysteria that appears to have taken over every mainstream media outlet and a large proportion of the political class. It just doesn’t stop and they just get more ridiculous with each passing day!

    In the UK, the BBC is at saturation point will all this nonsense and our Politicians are genuflecting to teenage idiots who have no clue about real science. The left wing Scottish and Welsh regional governments have now declared a “climate emergency” and the UK government is being pressured with all this Extinction Rebellion nonsense and pressure from Marxist NGOs. Something needs to be done to stop this craziness before we find ourselves in real danger from these lunatics!

  11. If only they had tried this when Obama proposed the agreement…i.e. how treaties are done according to our constitution. As it it now it’s just another liberal temper tantrum.

  12. I was not aware it took money to leave an agreement. I thought you just stopped sending them money. Then he writes his plan as follows: The US does nothing until China and India stop using coal. The end. Updated annually.

    • I was not aware it took money to leave an agreement

      It doesn’t, they’re just virtue signaling. As it was never ratified by the Senate, the US is under no obligation to adhere to the “agreement”. In any event, Trump already did what he needed to do: Declare the US is no longer a party to the agreement. Additionally as it was a non-binding agreement, even if anyone wishes to claim that’s not enough to exit Paris there’s no enforcement mechanism to force Trump or the US to comply.

  13. Steve Bannon “Trump is finished”.
    Well they’re all ‘finished,’ just depends when . . .
    Human nature dictates the USA must to go to hell before it can ever recover.
    The majority of powerful civilizations in history have evolved and devolved along some rickety bell-curve.
    Guys like Trump simply delay the inevitable.
    For us the worst aspect is pseudo conservatives in power give false hope to the real conservatives.
    Invest in Asia and particularly China if you can.
    Better still move there while it’s still affordable.
    Many Australian businesses are doing so because manufacturing down-under now operates in a hostile environment.
    High energy costs, lawyers with measuring-tapes, over regulation, corrupt politicians and ideologues are taking over.
    Ordinary people are mystified.
    Don’t be . . . get out while you can.

    By the way, the Bill will get passed (now or soonish).

    • By the way, the Bill will get passed (now or soonish).

      the Climate Action Now Act? It’s already passed the house, and that’s as far as it’s going. Mitch is not obligated to bring it to the Senate floor, so he won’t and thus it dies. Even if Mitch did bring it to the floor, there’s not enough votes (60) to end debate (aka stop the filibuster). Even if debate ended, there’s not enough votes (51) to pass the senate (those voting to end a debate don’t necessarily do so in order to vote *for* a bill). And above all, even if it somehow got pass all those hurdles, Trump will veto. So no matter how you slice it, it’s going nowhere fast.

  14. I understand the UK parliament is voting today on a Labour motion to declare a Climate Emergency. I’ve a nasty feeling that virtue-signalling will triumph so that the idiots can congratulate themselves on being able to take ‘decisive action’ over something. Thank you, Greta.

    • I’d say hope for sanity to prevail but there’s been little to no sign of sanity coming from the UK parliament for quite some time now.

    • Well, looks like the motion passed. UK you have my condolences on having such idiots for “leaders”

      • It’s non-binding and no-one really knows what it means anyway. The hot air produced probably has more significant environmental impact.

  15. If Trump needs a few bucks to leave the Parasite agreement, I’ll happily donate and I’m not even a citizen. It aint going anywhere anyway. My prediction that the new Republicans will rule for a generation I’ve upped to two generations.

  16. The reality is that, based on the paleoclimate record and the work done with models, one can conclude that the climate change we have been experiencing is caused by the sun and the oceans over which mankind has no control. Despite all the hype, there is no real evidence that CO2 has any effect on climate and there is plenty of scientific rational that the climate sensitivity of CO2 is zero. So even if the effort did actually result in a reduction in CO2 emissions, the effort would have no effect on climate. It is all a matter of science. But even if we could somehow stop the climate from changing, extreme weather events and sea level rise would continue unabated because they are part of the current climate so there is no real benefit to be gained in doing so. We have yet to define what the optimal climate let alone discover a way to achieve it. Rather than wasting money trying to change Mother Nature, we are better off expending our efforts is trying to improve the economy which will benefit everyone and will allow us to better avoid the ravages of extreme weather events.

    If we are really serious about reducing the burning of fossil fuels, than nuclear energy is the only serious alternative considering what our modern day energy needs really are.

    • While that is indeed a good thing, in this case it’s not even an issue because thank goodness Mitch is there to prevent this nonsense from ever reaching the floor of the Senate in the first place. It’ll never even make it to Trump’s desk for him to veto it.

  17. There does seem to be a degree of coordination among countries in the developed world, increasing pressure on politicians to ‘do something’ about climate.

    Clever people need to discover the links and funding between the protest organizers in different countries to find out who is funding this turmoil.

    • check out what they got up to at Davos for a start and i see soros is funding a lot of the greentard schemes bet in the background for greta too. and never forget gates always out for media minutes and a nice tax claim for his goodness

  18. Trump could order the US Departments of Energy and Treasury to estimate what it would take to keep CO2 emissions at 2018 levels, drop them 0.5% per year, or 1% per year. This could use 3 to 4 different approaches, including extensive use of nuclear power, building commuter roads for exclusive use lightweight vehicles, and other approaches we never see mentioned.

    These cases can then be used to estimate the worldwide temperature changes achievable. They can use three climate model ensembles, with different climate sensitivity.

    What I propose would take the steering wheel away from the nuts using their own weapons, because it would be fairly simple to show that extreme measures being proposed are not helpful, and cause more harm than benefit EVEN IF WE USE THEIR MODELS.

  19. “(2) confirm that other parties to the agreement with major economies are fulfilling their announced contributions.”

    Call the Chinese ambassador to warn him that it’s all a bluff for the internal press, then announce a proposal to bomb every coal plant in China and India. So if Congress just passes a war declaration, we can start saving the planet.

  20. I scent the smell of Veto in the air… If they get the votes to get past that it’ll be off to SCOTUS to determine the status and limits of executive and legislature regarding agreements not ratified as treaties..

    • Veto would only come into play if the bill were to ALSO pass in the Senate.
      That is not likely.

    • I scent the smell of Veto in the air

      It’ll never even make it to Trump’s desk. Mitch won’t be bringing it up for a vote. And if, by some miracle, he did it’ll never pass the Senate. Only if it both comes to the floor of the Senate *and* has enough votes to end debate (60) and pass (51) would it reach Trump’s desk. And then, yes, Trump would veto it in a heartbeat. But it’ll never make it that far, so any veto is a moot point.

    • Yes. Just as journalists have to seen writing about something newsworthy when they don’t have anything of consequence to say, so do politicians need to be seen doing something “important” when we would actually be better off if they disappeared entirely until such time as they are needed.

      It can be soul destroying to be doing a job that you know is superfluous.

  21. The Republicans should respond with a “Climate Action Never” bill. Tit for tat.

    • Nah, Positives (action now) sound better to the public than Negatives (action never) even when the negative is the better option. So what they should response with is a “Climate Sanity Now” bill that highlights the reality of the CAGW nonsense.

  22. “…yet the Democrats choose to waste everyone’s time on a hardline partisan climate bill…”

    Ah, but the Democrats think that there are a lot of voters who believe in “climate change”, so they’ll continue to garner those voters.

  23. It’s a pathetically meaningless, political stunt to replace the GND 0-57 vote in the Senate. Typical Pelosi posturing with nothing at stake.

  24. Leftists are so stupid…

    There is a ZERO chance of the Senate passing this silly and meaningless bill.

    Even if it passed both the House and Senate, there is also a ZERO chance of the Legislature overturning Trump’s veto on this BS bill.

    “ A bunch of idiots, full of much sound and fury signifying nothing.”

    • This is a “it plays well for those at home” gesture. They can say “We tried, keep voting for me and some day will will succeed”.

      • BINGO. The Republicans played the same game with Obamacare during Obama’s presidency. Bill after bill to repeal that had no shot of ever making it to Obama’s desk (and certain to be vetoed if it ever made it there). Only the Republicans fail to “succeed” when they finally got the chance thanks to a few RINOs (most notably Sen. McCain).

  25. Does the bill prohibit savings from withdrawing from the agreement? Does the bill prohibit, as some legislation does, using a benefit/cost analysis to decide what to do?

  26. Hillarycrats will vote for anything.

    Meanwhile, McConnell will never bring it up.

    Trump would never sign it.

    The bill is Hillarycrat political posturing.

  27. Nancy is going to have white hats made with the new Democrat party slogan.
    DAN ………… Destroy America Now !!!!!!!!!!!

  28. “Even if you support climate action, what is the point of this bill?”

    Like everything liberals do, it’s all about the virtue signaling.

  29. The largest problem in the US today is professional politicians. They have but one focus, being reelected.
    We need to get rid of them. All of them, left, right and center.

  30. The US Constitution clearly states that treaties must be ratified by the Senate. Not the House, not the Administration but the Senate. Once again, these people are trying to subvert the very clear dictates of the the charter between our government and our people.

  31. So, you vote in the house on a resolution that is meaningless and, basically, say I pinky swear to destroy the US economy in the name of saving the planet from invading unicorns, or something like that. It goes to the senate and, in the name of looking like they care (they really don’t but, hey, appearances and all that) the resolution makes it to the floor and passes on a straight up vote; constituents be damned! Then the steaming pile of nonsense lands on the desk of the President and is hit with a veto before it can smell up the oval office.

    Sounds like business as usual.

    The House gets to virtue signal and appear to do something.
    The Senate gets to virtue signal and appear to care about something.
    The President gets to veto the nonsense and abuse the House and Senate leadership via Twitter.

    Everyone, including the press, gets what they want…except for the American people. We get ulcers.

    Cheers

    Max

    • That’s a “worse case” scenario . The reality is the house gets to virtue signal and appear to do something, Mitch then never brings it to the Floor of the Senate and there it dies.

  32. I listened to the House on C Span all afternoon. You could tell the representatives had been fed all the old talking points with old data and propaganda …boring.

  33. The bill first prohibits the Trump administration from using federal funds to withdraw from the agreement.

    No funds are needed. All it takes is a “we’re out” cost: $0.00.

    Second, the bill would require Trump to develop a plan (updated annually) for the U.S. to meet its contributions to the agreement, including greenhouse gas emission cuts (by 26 to 28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025),

    Here’s the Annual plan: Do nothing because it’s not a real problem (and Trump already exited the plan anyway).
    Here’s the Annual update: Still doing nothing because it’s still not a real problem. (and we’re still no longer in the plan anyway).

    and require that the Trump administration work to ensure that other parties to the agreement are fulfilling their contributions

    Here’s the level of Work needed:
    Trump to other Governments: Hey, are you guys complying with the Paris accords?
    If other governments say yes: that’s great
    If other governments say they aren’t: well I’m obligated to tell you to get cracking, take that for what it’s worth.
    End conversation with: nice talking with you.

    there Trump would be in full compliance with the Democrat’s useless resolution. (not that it matters as it doesn’t have a snowballs chance of ever making it to his desk let alone of him doing anything other than veto it).

  34. “Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly, and applying the wrong remedies”
    Groucho Marx

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