Charles Krauthammer is Wrong

In an op-ed in the Washington Post, Charles Krauthammer is talking about climate change and its mitigation.  Actually, he is all over the place.  He starts talking about the Third World trying to get money from the First World during the 70s and 80s and how they are doing it again under the guise of environmentalism.

Some developing countries (Third World) have said that the developed countries (First World) should pay for the measures needed to cut carbon emissions because they have been the ones that have historically polluted the most and have essentially created the problem we are now facing.  The developing world is arguing that they haven’t had the technology to produce the greenhouse gases that the industrialized world has been using for about two hundred years so they shouldn’t have to pay for a problem that they have had little to no input in creating.  That makes sense to me especially when you consider that the developed world also has much more money to throw at this particular problem.  (But how much should the industrialized world be paying?  This is one question that is being asked a lot in Copenhagen, but the answers are all over the place.)  Of course, Krauthammer is arguing against this “socialism.”

I will let his socialism comments slide this time because if the policies are done right, then it will be socialistic because it will truly benefit all the people of the world.  And that is exactly what we need: policies to correct the greenhouse gas/climate change problem because we are all in this together.  Some countries will obviously be affected more than others (just ask Tuvalu) but we all live on this planet and we either fix the problem or we will all have to deal with the consequences.

But as I said, Krauthammer is all over the place in his piece.  He starts out by arguing against this new form of socialism but he ends with the EPA and its new rules that would regulate greenhouse gases as harmful to human health.  He says that Congress should control greenhouse gases through the Clean Air Act or something similar.  I honestly don’t care who does it, but it needs to be done.  Now!  We can’t wait any longer for Congress or anyone else to dither and make excuses.  We need action before it’s too late.

So Charles Krauthammer is wrong about his call to stop what he calls environmental socialism and his assertion that Congress should be the ones to control greenhouse gases.  We simply can’t wait for them to pull their heads out of their asses.  Congress is really good at one thing: inaction.  And we need action and we need it now.


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