BREAKING: Climate Deal May Face Republican Opposition

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As the capstone of an “unexpectedly productive two days of meetings” between President Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping, a deal was announced yesterday that called on both the US and China to begin reducing emissions of greenhouse gases. Mark Landler of the New York Times tosses in this deadpan paragraph about halfway through his dispatch:

Administration officials acknowledged that Mr. Obama could face opposition to his plans from a Republican-controlled Congress. While the agreement with China needs no congressional ratification, lawmakers could try to roll back Mr. Obama’s initiatives, undermining the United States’ ability to meet the new reduction targets.

Um, yeah. I guess that’s a possibility.

I don’t quite remember, but maybe someone can remind me. Are there any Republicans left in Congress who will publicly admit that climate change is both real and manmade? There must be one or two, right? I just can’t remember who they might be.

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