UPDATE: Read Carbon Brief here for implications of GOP victory
When it comes to climate change policymaking, the proposed so-called global treaty designed to protect climate (i.e. the global temperature, precipitation amounts, pressures, relative humidities, wind speeds, etc.) now faces a formidable obstacle: a US Congress now in the hands of the GOP Party.
Republicans Take Congress
+7 +8? +9? Senate
The Dem Disaster
Germany’s Spiegel writes:
Debacle for Democrats in US Congress Elections
Goodbye, Mr. President
My understanding is the USA needs the consent of the US Senate before it can ratify any international treaty.
Of course President Obama could attempt circumventing Congress to enact a treaty, but that would merely confirm why voters punished his party in the first place: abuse of power.
Why Obama did not pass a climate treaty back in 2009 when he had the chance remains a mystery to me. Worse, in my view, President Obama squandered the chance to work together with the opposition and accept compromise on every issue, which is the way democracies are designed to work. Instead he obstinately stuck to ideological lines and, using Chocago style political tactics, tried to muscle his policy onto the entire country.
Let’s hope lessons are learned here.