Far be it from me to agree with Republican obstructionists, but the alleged "climate pact" I read about in the Times this morning sounds like — well, how do I put this? — shall we say, bullshit?
The Chinese, it seems, have agreed to stop increasing their carbon emissions sixteen years from now, in 2030. The United States, as best I can tell, has agreed to just keep on keeping on with the steps in place right now — assuming the Koch brothers don't take over the entire government in 2016, and turn the USofA into New China.
Why did Obama and Xi even bother? Did Obama feel he needed some kind of asshole "victory?" Did Xi think he had to suggest to the Chinese that breathing, eventually, would no longer be quite so lethal?
Shall we say, bullshit?