House Foreign Affairs oversight and investigations subcommittee chair Dana Rohrabacher (R-California), Obama administration climate negotiator Todd Stern, and a disparate panel of witnesses squared off at a May 25 hearing on whether U.S. participation in United Nations climate treaty negotiations is needed or desirable. The hearing exemplified the conflict within the U.S. power elite over how best to protect U.S. political and economic interests in the context of climate diplomacy.
Rohrabacher, along with all the Republican leadership in the Legislature, believes that climate change is purely a political question.To him, the facts of the matter do not impinge on his ideology.
He views any attempt to deal with climate change at the policy level as a plan “to impose a lower standard of living on the rest of us.”
Until we get politicians who acknowledge climate change in positions to make a difference, we have little hope of altering our current path.