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Tue Apr 20, 2021, 05:48 PM

Amid Biden Climate Push, a Question Looms: Is America's Word Good?

WASHINGTON ó President Joe Biden faces a fundamental question as he convenes heads of state this week in a virtual summit to declare that the United States is ready to reclaim a leadership role in the fight against climate change: Is Americaís word still any good?

The question is dogging Biden as he tries to reassert the American role in other parts of the world stage after four years of Donald Trumpís America First isolationism. Trading partners wonder how long a thaw on multilateral economic accords might last. Overtures to the trans-Atlantic alliance must overcome four years of Trumpís NATO-bashing.

And on Friday, China likened the United Statesí desire to rejoin the Paris Agreement global warming accord that Trump abandoned to a naughty child trying to sneak back into school after cutting class.

Perhaps nowhere is the skepticism about U.S. credibility as consequential as on the issue of climate change.

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https://www.yahoo.com/news/amid-biden-climate-push-looms-120814353.html

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Tue Apr 20, 2021, 05:49 PM

1. Is America's democracy good?

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Tue Apr 20, 2021, 06:02 PM

2. Infinite growth, finite planet...the problem is worldview, not word...

The USA and China should be fixed in cooperation to transform the energy production of the planet. Instead of a race to sell more crap to people, instead of promoting a system that creates billionaires while simultaneously bankrupting municipalities due to "externalities" dumped on them by corporations or in China's case by the state.

Humanity and life on Earth as we have known it since recorded history began is at stake. Our economic model of global capitalism is the anachronism driving all life to the precipice because most alive today will not pay the ultimate price, and many in power are there simply to protect the wealth and influence of the owners.

The very concept of ownership of land and resources will kill us all or free the species to attain greater heights. Reality has a way of not caring whether or not it is "believed", it just happens and the consequences are its verdict on our collective and quaint 'beliefs' that capitalism is the only way to manage global resource allocation and use.

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Wed Apr 21, 2021, 07:28 AM

3. As the world sees America's party governance differ across presidencies, it's a fair question.

Republicans' spiteful foreign policy always creates lack of trust such that when Democrats come to govern, at home and abroad, humans resent what amounts to whiplash in messaging and foreign relations. If the world is cautious with us, it has every right to be. It's exhausting for the world to have to deal with constantly conflicting policies.

That we Democrats always have to "overcome" shows exactly what is wrong with the world view chasm developed in our two-party system. Building back must last more than four years to overcome the latest destruction of our governing systems. And even then, the world sees how Republican administrations tear down even sustained Democratic changes.

America's word is not good because it's not lasting or dependable.

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