One reason the GOP is making so much noise about the surprise climate change deal with China is that the lack of action by China has long been a central line of attack on any US efforts to take action on carbon emissions. So long as China wasn’t moving, what difference would it make if the US moved, other than to further disadvantage US business? At least that’s how the GOP argument went.
Climate Desk has a great reel up showing just how prevalent this line of attack was from Republicans.
Take a look:
The GOP response to the announcement of the deal may best be summed up by Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK), perhaps the Senate’s most notorious climate change denier, who this morning called the deal a “non-binding charade.”