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Obama makes first climate agreement payment without Congress?


GuardianObama administration pays out $500m to climate change project

The Obama administration has made a first installment on its $3bn pledge to help poor countries fight climate change – defying Republican opposition to the president’s environmental plan.

The $500m payment to the Green Climate Fund was seen as critical to shoring up international confidence in Barack Obama’s ability to deliver on the pledges made at the United Nations’ climate change conference in Paris in late 2015.

I don't remember Congress authorizing this. It's entirely possible I missed a sentence in a footnote of a piece of legislation about something else, of course.

GuardianAt one point Republicans insisted that the Paris agreement be submitted to the Senate for approval before any funds were released – before quietly relenting during budget negotiations last December.

Oh look, that's exactly what happened. The Republicans in power bitched and moaned and left the impression they wouldn't fund it and then funded it.

And they wonder why the people are angry?

This entry was published Mon Mar 21 09:19:16 CDT 2016 by TriggerFinger and last updated 2016-03-21 09:19:16.0. [Tweet]

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