Previously posted at the original Soapblox site on Sun Sep 27, 2015 at 00:11:13 AM CDT

by: WillyK

Remember when Missouri’s Democratic Senator helped kill energy reform legislation back in the early days of Obama’s first term? She was so overwhelmed by her perception of Missouri’s reliance on coal that she just couldn’t bring herself to do anything to help change that destructive fact. Or so she said. Her other excuse: the industrial practices of [http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2009/07/08/49855/mccaskill-left-unhappy/ China and India]:

I’m probably going to be working with a group of moderates in the middle to try to come up with a bill that doesn’t punish coal-dependent states like Missouri. We’ve got to be very careful with what we do with this legislation. For one, we need to be a leader in the world, but we don’t want to be a sucker. And if we go too far with this, all we’re going to do is chase more jobs to China and India, where they’ve been putting up coal-fired plants every ten minutes.

So what nation will be the leader when it comes to combating climate change? Looks like it just might be … wait for it … [http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/25/world/asia/xi-jinping-china-president-obama-summit.html China]:

President Xi Jinping of China will make a landmark commitment on Friday to start a national program in 2017 that will limit and put a price on greenhouse gas emissions, Obama administration officials said Thursday.

The move to create a so-called cap-and-trade system would be a substantial step by the world’s largest polluter to reduce emissions from major industries, including steel, cement, paper and electric power.

But that’s [http://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2015/09/the-worlds-largest-cap-and-trade-program/407371/ not all] China is ready to do:

China will also announce other climate-change commitments on Friday. These include committing to renewable-energy sources and making a large monetary contribution to the global fund to help poorer countries prepare for climate change.

Does that mean that the U.S. – or at least politicians like Senator McCaskill who so enthusiastically acted to enable climate change deniers in the Congress along with their Big Energy financial donors – are the suckers? [http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/25/world/asia/xi-jinping-china-president-obama-summit.html Might be]:

Mr. Xi’s pledge underscores China’s intention to act quickly and upends what has long been a potent argument among Republicans against acting on climate change: that the United States’ most powerful economic competitor has not done so. …

Of course, Senator McCaskill, a longtime proponent of that “potent” GOP argument is, ostensibly at least, a Democrat.