Obama Ready to Push Worldwide Carbon Treaty

Now that the Iran “nuclear deal” is behind him, the President is ready to concentrate on a worldwide carbon treaty.

If you want to know why we desperately need a so-called “government shutdown” in the near future, this terrifying Politico story should convince you: “After Iran deal, Obama to pivot to climate change.”

Buoyed by the success of his nuclear deal with Iran, President Barack Obama is preparing to move aggressively on other long-delayed priorities, including a major climate change summit this winter and his elusive quest to close the Guantanamo Bay prison camp.

The National Security Council’s directorate of strategic planning has been quietly building an agenda of action items for the closing year of Obama’s presidency, in a White House that sees its work as far from complete, administration officials say.

“We have no intention of resting on our laurels,” said one senior administration official. “We have an ambitious foreign policy agenda that we’ll continue to pursue aggressively throughout the remainder of [the] fourth quarter of the administration.”

As I have argued recently, the so-called “government shutdown” (which didn’t shut down much) was what delayed the President’s immigration agenda so that he wasn’t able to get it pushed through Congress. A carbon agreement could be horribly damaging to the world economy. I would like to think that India and China would tell the United States to go pound sand. But I’m afraid the bribes and kickbacks and promises of non-enforcement will leave us with all sorts of problems with energy production in the United States.

Even as the Iran deal gets implemented in the months ahead, a potentially thorny process that will occupy significant bandwidth in the White House, Obama will shift his focus to climate.

An international climate summit kicks off at the end of November in Paris, where Obama hopes to find agreement on meaningful new limits on carbon gases. The summit is expected to be one focus of Xi’s visit.

The only hope the article gives us is some sort of international disaster or armed conflict that takes up the President’s time, attention, and energy.

Beneath the heady talk of agenda-setting, however, is the grim reality of a global stage where multiple fires burn despite Washington’s efforts to extinguish them. Obama could spend much of his final year performing triage on issues like the Islamic State, Syria’s civil war and the conflict in Ukraine.

Officials are also braced for possible new crises, including in Afghanistan, as U.S. troops withdraw from a country whose government and security forces remain fragile.

That would be horrible except it might be preferable to a worldwide carbon treaty or any number of other ugly things that Obama has planned.