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  •  The Dems have been leaders in climate change... (1+ / 0-)
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    ...legislation since 1990.

    In fact, thanks to the Dems, per/capita CO2 emissions have declined by 5% since 1990.  Aggregate CO2 emissions have increased about 5% since that year.

    In 1990, would anyone have bet that US CO2 emissions would be just 5% higher 23 years later?

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    by PatriciaVa on Fri Feb 15, 2013 at 12:35:28 PM PST

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    •  Aggregate greenhouse gas emissions... (9+ / 0-)

      ...are up 10.5% since 1990. Annual emissions dropped from 2007 to 2010, then rose again in 2010-2011 and are now dropping again. Indeed, we're at a 20-year low for annual emissions. A good thing. But what specific legislation starting in 1990 contributed to this? There was a chance in 1990, when the Clean Air Act was overhauled. But global warming wasn't addressed in that revamp. In 1992, the U.S. committed to the UN Framework Convention of Climate Change, but in 1997, every Democrat in the Senate opposed the Kyoto negotiations. Lots of bills were introduced in the late '90s and early '00s, but many Democrats were opposed.

      And then came Massachusetts v. EPA (2007). That opened the door to do nationwide what some states had been doing on their own to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Even when Democrats had the upper hand (without a filibuster-proof Senate, of course) in the 111th Congress, no legislation was passed.

      That doesn't mean nothing has been happened. Scores of cities and a score of states have set standards for renewable energy percentages that will have a big impact.

      Don't tell me what you believe, show me what you do and I will tell you what you believe.

      by Meteor Blades on Fri Feb 15, 2013 at 01:04:43 PM PST

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