SDC wrote: Kim OHara wrote:
We've seen many times that when federal governments fail to lead, smaller units - states, cities - go ahead anyhow. It's happening again -
https://medium.com/@ClimateMayors/clima ... 566e260097
Climate Mayors commit to adopt, honor and uphold Paris Climate Agreement goals
STATEMENT FROM THE CLIMATE MAYORS IN RESPONSE TO PRESIDENT TRUMP’S WITHDRAWAL FROM THE PARIS CLIMATE AGREEMENT
Thursday, June 1st 2017
The President’s denial of global warming is getting a cold reception from America’s cities.
As 68 Mayors representing 38 million Americans, we will adopt, honor, and uphold the commitments to the goals enshrined in the Paris Agreement. We will intensify efforts to meet each of our cities’ current climate goals, push for new action to meet the 1.5 degrees Celsius target, and work together to create a 21st century clean energy economy.
We will continue to lead. We are increasing investments in renewable energy and energy efficiency. We will buy and create more demand for electric cars and trucks. We will increase our efforts to cut greenhouse gas emissions, create a clean energy economy, and stand for environmental justice. ...
Wow...doing things without the federal gov't...wow....what a concept.
Wouldn't it even be more cool if there were like 50 different states that could like, you know, make decisions based on some rights granted to them by a Constitution? By like an article? Maybe the tenth one? That would be like super swell. Something like, "powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people." If this were like a thing, then different states could like do the things they thought were important and stuff, you know, just like what these trail blazing mayors are doing. Wow maaan.....
Unreal if this is a revelation to anyone. Perhaps if the Constitution was actually read with eyes people would find many things that they stumble upon after wracking their brains at what they see most politicians doing.
(Kim, 98% of that sarcasm is not for you...just 2
Australia has more similarities with the US than most Americans know.
We have a federal system, like you. We have a right-wing party which is pro-business and anti climate action like you. We have state governments (not 50, but the same idea) which are often not of the same political party as our federal government, and city administrations with a fair bit of power too, like you. Our Tea Party equivalent is a separate party, not an element within the (presently) governing party, but it is at least as bad (drum roll, please, for Senator Malcom Roberts) -
In a notable early exchange, One Nation Senator Malcolm Roberts cited a hoax paper titled 'The Conceptual Penis as a Social Construct' to call into question ‘peer reviewed’ research, which is often used as the marker to demonstrate global consensus on climate science.
“In that they claim that penises cause climate change,” Senator Roberts said.
“The point I’m getting at is that that was published in a social sciences – admittedly – paper. But it has credibility as it’s been peer reviewed.”
Go on, read the whole thing: http://thenewdaily.com.au/news/national ... arliament/
So (getting back to my previous post) the idea that one level of government may declare independence from another on any given issue is absolutely normal to me. All I was doing was pointing out that, on this issue, the consensus for action is so broad that the vacuum left by federal inaction is quickly filled by action at more local levels. Actually, a bit more than pointing out: celebrating.
Trump isn't as important as he thinks he is (could anyone be that
important? really?) and we can keep right on decarbonising without him. And we will.