Why The GOP Is So Flustered By US-Sino Climate Change Deal

Oklahoma Senator Jim Inhofe speaks to the Air Force Association at the Boeing facility in Midwest City, Okla., Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2013. The speech is just weeks after the Defense Department announced it was offering b... Oklahoma Senator Jim Inhofe speaks to the Air Force Association at the Boeing facility in Midwest City, Okla., Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2013. The speech is just weeks after the Defense Department announced it was offering buyouts to 750 civillian employees at Tinker Air Force base in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/The Oklahoman, Paul Hellstern) LOCAL STATIONS OUT (KFOR, KOCO, KWTV, KOKH, KAUT OUT); LOCAL WEBSITES OUT; LOCAL PRINT OUT (EDMOND SUN OUT, OKLAHOMA GAZETTE OUT) TABLOIDS OUT MORE LESS
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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.”

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