The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

Another Delay on Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Jul 14, 2008

On July 11, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced that instead of beginning to propose reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, it will spend at least several more months taking further “public comment” on the threat of global warming to human health and welfare.

Decades ago, the big majority of climate scientists concluded that the earth has been undergoing a long-term warming trend going back over a hundred years, threatening life on the planet and furthermore that human activity, particularly the creation of so-called “greenhouse gases, was not only contributing to the warming, but speeding it up. They have warned that it is long past time for action to reduce the production of gases like carbon dioxide and methane, among others.

For years the U.S. government acted deaf, dumb and blind when it came to this problem. It wasn’t until 1997, at the climate summit in Kyoto, Japan, that then-President Bill Clinton finally pledged to slow down the increase in U.S. greenhouse gas emissions.

Of course, neither he nor his environmentalist VP Al Gore ever pushed to act on this agreement. It was a dead letter before they even returned home. And so it remained for the rest of Clinton’s term, followed then by Bush’s two terms.

What’s next? Don’t hold you breath–you might just need it!