U.S. Senator: Give nations billions for climate change “or we’ll look like jerks”

By John McClaughry

The March 29 Washington Post reported that President Biden has requested more than $11 billion to help developing countries adapt to the ravages of climate change and build greener economies in his $5.8 trillion budget plan.

John McClaughry

“That marks a steep increase from the $2.7 billion that Biden requested last year, as well as the $1 billion that lawmakers approved last year. Out of more than $11 billion total, $1.6 billion would go to the Green Climate Fund, which finances climate mitigation and adaptation projects in developing countries.”

“As a messaging tool, the request signals that the Biden administration prioritizes the need to help poor nations cope with rising seas, stronger storms and other disasters fueled by rising global temperatures. In practice, however, Congress has a long history of whittling down the numbers in budget requests from presidents of both parties.”

“Many climate activists from developing countries have urged the United States and other wealthy nations to make good on their long-overdue promise to provide $100 billion annually in international climate finance.”

Climate hawk Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, Rhode Island Democrat, told reporters that “if U.S. negotiators show up at [the COP27 climate conference] with little climate finance to offer other countries, ‘then we look like jerks’.”.

US taxpayers are going to commit billions of dollars to Third World beggar nations, to keep us from looking like jerks? That’s not a good enough argument for me.

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  1. “The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people’s money.”

    ― Margaret Thatcher

  2. I’m fine with being labeled a “jerk” by any socialist, elitist, democrat, progressive or any combination of the above. I am also fine with being labelled as a “climate denier” as the aforementioned- along with their climate evangelist leaders and handlers have yet to prove or convince us with real evidence that any of what they preach is factual. “settled science” is nothing more than a liberal platitude.
    I do know that former evangelist-in-chief barack obama recently purchased a very expensive seaside home on Martha’s Vineyard, so I would expect that he and his family do not expect any climate catastrophe in the near future.

  3. Its okay. Don’t worry.
    Its all air money anyway – made of 1’s and 0’s – and as long as there is ink and printing presses to keep printing the paper monopoly money…they’re skookum.
    Easily played, easily controlled and manipulated.

    All the worlds is a stage.

  4. There is no climate crises, only more lies to increase control for THEIR profit.
    “Friends of Science Society is an independent group of earth, atmospheric and solar scientists, engineers, and citizens that is celebrating its 18th year of offering climate science insights. After a thorough review of a broad spectrum of literature on climate change, Friends of Science Society has concluded that the sun is the main driver of climate change, not carbon dioxide (CO2).”

    • Senator Whitehouse will best be remembered for his role as a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee and his Inspector Clouseau type questioning of conservative nominees for the Supreme Court……Quite amazing.

  5. Considering what is going on in Rhode Island and the long known corruption in that tiny State, Mr. Whitehouse is as daft as his political colleague, Lincoln Chafee. Both dance to the tune played by their Master. Playbook known – after COVID, climate change f/k/a global warming f/k/a incoming ice age….flippity flop flop.

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