Monday, September 8, 2014

Republican Opposition to Agenda 21 and a Climate Agreement

Republicans are largely united in their opposition to the Obama administration's support for Agenda 21 and a global climate change deal.

Ironically, it was a Republican President who initially endorsed Agenda 21 on behalf of the United States. President George Bush was one of the original 178 heads of government that signed the final draft of Agenda 21 in 1992.

Currently Agenda 21 is endorsed by 528 US cities who are members of ICLEI, an international sustainability organization that helps to implement the Agenda 21. In total there are 1,200 ICLEI cities around the world.

In the US Agenda 21 is opposed by the Republican National Committee and the Republican Party. Several Republican states and local governments have considered or passed motions and legislation opposing Agenda 21. Organizations like the Tea Party movement dismiss Agenda 21 as a UN conspiracy.

In response to Republican obstructionism The Obama administration is working on a political climate deal. Agenda 21 is a legally non-binding statement of intent and not a treaty, so Bush did not involve the US Senate. Like George Bush's signing of Agenda 21, President Obama does need the approval of the Senate for this political climate agreement.

The Obama administration's "politically binding" deal would "name and shame" countries into cutting their emissions. This sweeping international climate change agreement is designed to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions. It is hoped the deal will be signed at a United Nations summit meeting scheduled for 2015 in Paris.

Unsurprisingly, the Obama's climate deal is facing strong objections from Republicans who erroneously claim the move is unconstitutional.

The deal is an attempt to circumvent Republican obstructionism and obfuscation. Many nations understand that most Republicans are anti-science climate deniers who will never ratify a treaty so they are working with the Obama administration on the politically binding treaty.

Conservatives decry Obama's "antidemocratic" and "unconstitutional" use of his executive privileges to act on the climate crisis. However, Obama's efforts are neither undemocratic nor unconstitutional. Republicans use such rhetoric to score political points. If anything Republican legislators who fail to willfully ignore the facts for partisan purposes are shirking their constitutional duties.

The vociferous opposition of the GOP is little more than politically motivated bluster to obscure the facts. Not only is the science behind climate change sound, Obama has used Executive Orders far less than most previous Presidents including Republicans. In light of the serious threats we face from climate change and the GOP's dogmatic political partisanship, the President really has no choice. denial, deniers, anti-science, unreasonable, obstructionist, ignorant, backwards, pro-oil, destructive, Republican, GOP, conservative, partisan,

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