Pelosi pledges Congress will tackle global warming at climate summit

dublinbay z6 (KS)

This woman continues to impress me. Too bad she isn't 10 years younger--she would make a formidable presidential candidate!

Here she is, taking on Trump--internationally!

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"U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi took her duel with Donald Trump to a climate summit on Monday, pledging that Congress would urgently tackle global warming despite the president's opposition to an international pact."

"By coming here we want to say to everyone we are still in, the United States is still in," Pelosi told reporters on the first day of the two-week United Nations climate talks in Spain.

Many governments and environmental groups are aghast at Trump's move last month to begin formal proceedings to yank the United States, one of the world's biggest polluters, from the 2015 Paris Agreement to avert catastrophic temperature rises.

Trump says complying with the accord would hurt the U.S. economy, restricting domestic producers while other big polluters such as China increase emissions.

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"We aren't here to talk about impeachment of the president of the United States," Pelosi said in response to a question.

"We're here to talk positively about our agenda to save the planet for future generations."

. . . Democrats want to reassure the rest of the world they will once again throw their country's weight behind the deal if they regain power at elections in November 2020.

Florida Congresswoman Kathy Castor, chair of the House select committee on climate, said the committee will put forward recommendations in March for a comprehensive climate change bill to bring U.S. emissions to net zero by 2050."


https://www.yahoo.com/news/u-house-speaker-pelosi-says-155918054.html

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I'm glad the rest of the world will have the chance to hear a sensible, sane, and informed voice issuing from the USA. Wouldn't want the world to think we are all dorks!

Kate

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JodiK

Excellent. Someone from this country has to face that reality and bring the discussion to the global table. This is good news, Kate.

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Carro

Warren promised a 10-year old she'd stop global warming. Done and done.

Also, I thought Obama started healing the planet 11 years ago. His messianic message was false?

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Chi

Also, I thought Obama started healing the planet 11 years ago.

He did! It's too bad Trump has decided to roll back a lot of the protections Obama put in place.

Here are just some of his environmental accomplishments:

Clean Power Plan

Global agreement among 195 nations to reduce climate pollution

Implemented the Clean Power Plan, which introduced pollution limits for power plants

Protections for oil and gas development to reduce methane

EPA enhanced fuel efficiency and pollution standards for vehicles.

Invested billions in clean energy technology during the 2009 stimulus package

Signed the first major environmental law in two decades to fix our broken chemical safety system

Established regional climate hubs and initiatives to help farmers, ranchers and rural communities.

Through strong implementation of revisions to the national fisheries law, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reduced overfishing and recovered a record number of fisheries in US waters.

Preserved 260 million acres for future generations by designation 19 national monuments.

Established the largest marine reserve in the world

Signed a bipartisan ban on microbeads

Rejected Keystone XL oil pipeline

Signed the Omnibus Public Land Management Act, designation more than two million acres of federal wilderness and protecting more than 1,000 miles of rivers.

Created a Federal Strategy to Promote the Health of Honey Bees and Other Pollinators and established the Pollinator Health Task Force.

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dublinbay z6 (KS)

Oh, but other than that, what did Obama accomplish in terms of healing the planet?

/sarc/

I was just anticipating the mindless response likely to occur by trumplicans who like to draw fast and aim afterwards.

The sad news is that Trump has signed numerous executive orders cancelling many of the environmental policies Obama established.

Kate

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margaritadina

''Chi

Clean Power Plan

Global agreement among 195 nations to reduce climate pollution

Implemented the Clean Power Plan, which introduced pollution limits for power plants

Protections for oil and gas development to reduce methane

EPA enhanced fuel efficiency and pollution standards for vehicles.

Invested billions in clean energy technology during the 2009 stimulus package''

And how does the global agreement going with millions of tons of plastic still dumped into oceans?

Wind mills kill thousands of birds. I didn't know about it learned it from the topic on HT

Reducing methane was a good initiative.

EPA was a good initiative, too.

Billions invested in clean energy had zilch return. Bankruptcies left and right. And how did Obama planned to safely dispose batteries? no plan because there is no cheap technology.

Killing a coal mining industry promised by Hilly is a brilliant idea except for one little detail - what to do with coal miners? There was no plan to re-train them. They are just left behind (no, they can't just pack up and go). Excellent management.


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margaritadina

On the thought of having a woman president - no. Enough with social experiments.

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Chi

"On the thought of having a woman president - no. Enough with social experiments."

Lol, really? Social experiments? What century is this?

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catkinZ8a

Needles Nancy's in a pickle!

Get off your rear, Needles Nancy!


OPINION Published 18 hours ago

Andy Puzder: Nancy Pelosi's USMCA, Big Labor problem – Will Trump win this one after all?

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has a problem. If she holds a vote on the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), the trade agreement President Trump negotiated to replace NAFTA, passage could appear as a victory for the president in the midst of highly partisan impeachment proceedings. On the other hand, if she fails to hold a vote, she could face blame for leading a do nothing Congress. Given the trade pacts benefits for American workers, that failure could cost Democrats the House in 2020.

According to the United States International Trade Commission, the USMCA would increase GDP by $68.2 billion and employment by 176,000 jobs. It would “likely have a positive impact on U.S. trade, both with USMCA partners and with the rest of the world” benefiting “all broad industry sectors within the U.S. economy.” The largest “gains in output, exports, wages, and employment” would be in the manufacturing sector. That matters in those industrial swing states. No wonder it likely would pass with overwhelming bipartisan support, if Pelosi simply called it up for a vote.

So why is the speaker delaying a vote? President Trump has a theory. Speaking to reporters last week, he said “[e]verybody knows it is a great deal. She knows it is a great deal, she's said it. She hasn't wanted to do it because, I understand, a couple of the unions, the AFL-CIO, they are asking her to hold it for a while because it'll make Trump look bad."


ALASKA GOV. MIKE DUNLEAVY: US-MEXICO-CANADA TRADE DEAL WOULD BRING GREAT BENEFITS – DEMS SHOULD OK IT


On Nov. 7, the AFL-CIO Industrial Union Council sent a letter signed by 12 union leaders warning House members that they would oppose passage of the USMCA in its current form. Despite the positive impact the USMCA would have for American workers, big labor claims that it fails to sufficiently protect workers -- in Mexico.
The USMCA stands as stark evidence that President Trump has lived up to his campaign promise to fight for American workers. Its passage would stand as a victory for President Trump, a Congress unable to accomplish much else and, most importantly, for American workers.

The unions are insisting that trade pact require the Mexican government to implement a program of labor inspections that “will free Mexican workers to challenge protection contracts.” Their purported concern is that “[t]he situation of workers can only be improved when they have the right to join together freely for collective action.” The theory is that if Mexico fails to protect its workers, Mexican labor will be cheaper and out-compete American labor on price.


Fair enough. That’s certainly what happened under NAFTA. So, what protections does the USMCA actually provide?

Well, among other things, it requires that the parties implement reforms to their labor laws that provide for the “effective right to collectively bargain” and guarantee their workers’ “freedom of association” including the “right to strike.” It prohibits “all forms of forced and compulsory labor.” It requires that the parties adopt and maintain labor standards as recognized by the International Labor Organization’s Declaration on Rights at Work and that the parties not “waive or otherwise derogate” from their labor laws. It also includes first of its kind language requiring that the parties address violence against workers who exercise their labor rights.

There is an appendix covering “Worker Representation In Collective Bargaining in Mexico” which specifies extensive actions Mexico must take to assure workers’ rights. Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador recently sent a letter to congressional Democrats stating that Mexico has met its USMCA commitments on labor issues and has allocated additional funds to implement USMCA required changes in its labor laws. To further assuage the unions' concerns with enforcement, Mexico’s undersecretary of foreign relations for North America has stated that Mexico is open to adding labor-dispute panels.
Can union leaders really enhance their status as defenders of American workers by opposing a trade deal that so obviously benefits those workers?

The USMCA’s labor protections are comprehensive. The unions’ demands are superfluous, but perhaps not surprising. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2018 union membership hit a historic low of 10.5 percent. Membership in both private (6.4 percent) and public sector (33.9 percent) unions hit historic lows.

The reality is that union leaders are desperately seeking relevance. They must claim at least some meaningful input into this trade deal – negotiated by a president whose election they opposed. Otherwise, passage could exacerbate their growing irrelevance. But can union leaders really enhance their status as defenders of American workers by opposing a trade deal that so obviously benefits those workers?

Labor leaders would be well served to recall that ignoring the appeal of a candidate who promised to fight for fairer trade deals didn’t work out so well in the last election. Despite claims by AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka in 2016 that union members armed with “the facts” would “tumble down” candidate Trump’s “house of cards,” 42 percent of union households voted for President Trump, helping propel him into the White House. It was the strongest union support for any Republican president since Ronald Reagan.


The USMCA stands as stark evidence that President Trump has lived up to his campaign promise to fight for American workers. Its passage would stand as a victory for President Trump, a Congress unable to accomplish much else and, most importantly, for American workers. If the unions can’t get on board with that, so be it.

Speaker Pelosi, it’s time to hold that vote and bring the deal home.


Andy Puzder was chief executive officer of CKE Restaurants for more than 16 years, following a career as an attorney. He was nominated by President Trump to serve as U.S. labor secretary. In 2011, Puzder co-authored "Job Creation: How It Really Works and Why Government Doesn't Understand It." His latest book is "The Capitalist Comeback: The Trump Boom and the Left's Plot to Stop It" (Center Street, April 24, 2018).


https://www.foxnews.com/opinion/usmca-nancy-pelosi-big-labor-trump-andy-puzder

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JodiK

Chi, the question is more likely to be... which century are some living in, or which century do they wish it were?

What would be the negatives of a woman as President? I can't think of any. Men do not hold the World Cup when it comes to intelligence or many other qualities and factors necessary to a decent leader.

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