Senate defies Trump on climate change

This is only small change as far as money goes but it’s a bit of a snub for President Trump.

Reuters:  Defying Trump, Senate panel approves funding for U.N. climate body

The U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee passed a spending bill on Thursday evening that includes $10 million to help fund the United Nations’ climate change body that oversees the Paris Climate Agreement, despite President Donald Trump’s decision to stop funding it.

The 30-member Senate panel, which allocates federal funds to various government agencies and organizations, approved a $51 billion spending bill for the State Department and foreign operations, which included an amendment to continue funding the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change as well as the scientific body the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

The amendment passed even though the 2018 budget proposal that Trump, a Republican, introduced earlier this year eliminated support of any mechanism to finance climate change projects in developing countries and organizations.

The United States has usually contributed to around 20 percent of the UNFCCC budget.

The amendment passed 16-14. Republican Senators Susan Collins of Maine and Lamar Alexander of Tennessee voted in favor, as did all committee Democrats except for West Virginia’s Joe Manchin.

So mixed messages from the US on climate change measures.

In a diplomatic cable that Reuters obtained last month, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said U.S. diplomats should sidestep questions from foreign governments on how the United States plans re-engage in the global Paris climate agreement.

The cable also said diplomats should make clear that the United States wants to help other countries use fossil fuels, which have been linked to global warming.

Trump seems intent on promoting dirty fossil fuels with little regard for their impact on the environment.

This is minor defiance from the US senate.

 

15 Comments

  1. Corky

     /  September 9, 2017

    That amount may pale into insignificance when compared to what Jacinda would have us eventually paying for this worldwide scam.

    • lurcher1948

       /  September 9, 2017

      Got to stop those cows pooing and farting to clean up NZ for our children

      • Corky

         /  September 9, 2017

        You just gave me a great idea for a new industry, Lurchy – Bungers!

        Wanted…20 million Bungers. Smelly work, but good contract rates.

        Apply to:

        Ministry Of Bunging. Murupara.

        Attention: Mr Cowely Whiffing.

      • David

         /  September 9, 2017

        Cow emit most of their greenhouse gases by belching. Your lack of knowledge on this indicates your proposed policy will not get the outcome you expect.

        • Corky

           /  September 9, 2017

          When it comes to climate change, David, don’t let facts get in the way of making money from the gullible.

  2. David

     /  September 9, 2017

    So, out of a $51bn spend, they manged to find $10m? That doesn’t really sound like much of a defiant act, more like a rounding error.

  3. Alan Wilkinson

     /  September 9, 2017

    About what you would expect from an outfit as dysfunctional as the US Senate.

    • Gezza

       /  September 9, 2017

      😳 Extraordinary!
      🤔 You’re not scheduled for whinging here until tomorrow, Sir Alan? 📖
      Sir Gerald.

      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  September 9, 2017

        Not sure why this is the big story here rather than the deal Trump just cut with the Democrats, Sir Gerald?

        • Gezza

           /  September 9, 2017

          I believe that got a mention yesterday, Sir Alan?
          I’ll have my man amend the schedule. 👍🏼☘

          Will you still be wanting to whinge tomorrow as well, Sir Alan? 😳

          Obligingly yours,
          As always
          Sir Gerald.

          • Alan Wilkinson

             /  September 9, 2017

            Must have dropped off the bottom of the posts list then Sir G. At least I don’t waste $10M of other people’s money in order to have a whinge.

            • Gezza

               /  September 9, 2017

              Well, got a mention on Aljazeera tv news, Sir Alan. All the really important happenings do!

              At least they’re not wasting $27 million on a munted vanity project to change their flag to an All Blacks memorial tea towel, Sir Alan? 😳
              Sir Gerald. 🛡🇳🇿

  4. Zedd

     /  September 9, 2017

    3 massive cyclones decimating the caribbean & about to hit Florida.. BUT still the C-C deniers, just have to keep their heads in the sand; led by dimwits like Mr T & the fossil fuel industry ! 😦

    • Corky

       /  September 9, 2017

      Don’t confuse weather with climate, Zedd%. That’s what too many nutty man-made climate change believers do.

      I understand your concerns. Going out on a windy day would play havoc with your sinuses. But there is nothing you, or I, can do about that.

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