Detroit – We look forward to Michigan senators Debbie Stabenow and Carl Levin’s news conference cheering billions in U.S. taxpayer aid to China to pay for energy upgrades to fight global warming.
Despite the failure of a “legally binding” solution to throttle developed economies, the Obama administration did agree that the United States would participate (indeed, likely pay the lion’s share) of a plan to distribute $100 billion in global-warming aid over the next decade to developing nations. That is — in the midst of the worst U.S. economic crisis in a generation (a crisis incidentally that has reduced CO2 emissions due to diminished economic output — hooray?) — Washington Democrats want to divert private and public monies to Third World regimes.
Incredibly, this madness was applauded by industrial state senators like Stabenow and Levin in a pre-summit letter to the president laying out U.S. principles of climate change. They represent a state with the country’s highest unemployment rate and whose Democratic leaders make regular trips to Washington — hat in hand — for federal assistance.
“The United States and other nations should help the most vulnerable populations adapt to the adverse impacts of climate change,” Stabenow and Levin wrote in their letter advocating the international climate slush fund. “These assistance programs should ramp up now and not be conditioned on a new global climate agreement.”
The senators got what they wanted. Some of the welfare windfall will reportedly go to China — a developing nation these very same senators routinely blame for stealing Michigan jobs and target for protectionist trade tariffs (indeed, in the very same climate principles letter).
Republicans have uniformly panned the $100 billion aid transfer. Can you say 2010 campaign issue?