Gulf Over Global Warming Grows
The wide disparity between different positions on climate change was on full display today.
With two days left in the United Nations climate conference in Poland, rich and poor countries have reached a stalemate over who's responsible for cutting carbon emissions. In a move that could further inflame tensions, the United Kingdom today joined the U.S. in cutting financial support for new coal-fired power plants in all but the poorest nations.
Meanwhile, the Sierra Club is setting an even more ambitious goal for ending the use of natural gas in order to reduce global warming. That puts the nation's oldest and largest environmental group at odds with Secretary of State John Kerry, who said earlier this week that natural gas from the U.S. and Argentina can help combat climate change.
These differences remind us why global warming is such a difficult problem to tackle. And this isn't even considering those who don't think it's a problem worth addressing, including many in the Republican Party.
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