@Pants-of-dog Regardless of what the people want, the USA has done nothing meaningful and will do nothing meaningful about climate change.
Of course Rancid is correct. Attempts to rationalize your hyperbole is not worthy of your level of debate. The fact is that the US not only does a great deal about pollution, but it was one of the first nations to do so by creating a major government agency to do it.
Because the people who do what it takes to get elected will invariably sell out to fossil fuel interests.
And we can see this is untrue too. The proof lies in the robust laws we already have.
Is the US doing enough? Is it doing its "fair share"? That is another question entirely. We have very high ( and I believe among the highest) vehicle emission standards in the world.
Should Trump have taken us out of Paris? Maybe. Clearly it does not do enough and it has this absurd notion that developing countries should be allowed to continue to pollute profligately. India and China are prime examples. The very notion that China is a "developing country" is absurd.
The American people want fairness. Fairness does not mean that the US should finance or alibi the bad behavior of others. As usual the EU (the world's largest economy) got off the hook in the finance department.
So much more should be done. The US should tap into the market and sell technology to others to help reduce carbon emissions. Painting the US as the great culprit in global warming will not help at all.
For all too long the world has looked at the US to lead the world in just about everything. It is surprised and dismayed when we do not step in and fix stuff. How about this? China just made their pollution standards a tad higher for cars. How about when they stop burning dirty coal to generate almost all of their electricity we start pointing fingers at the US and its strong controls on coal emissions. China is one of the largest contributors to air pollution.....in the US.