Vermont Senator and Presidential candidate Bernie Sandersresponded to a GOP debate question about the candidate’sgreatest weaknesses by Tweeting:
It is an embarrassment that we have a majorpolitical party that rejects the overwhelming science on climatechange.
— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) October29, 2015
Sanders advocatedÂ fighting global warming throughÂ PresidentObama’s Clean Power Plan, but according to analysisÂ by thelibertarian Cato Institute, using models created by theEnvironmental Protection Agency, the plan would only advert only0.019Â° Celsius of warming by the year 2100, an amount so small that it couldnâ€™t bedetected.
The Clean Power Plan is expected to cost a staggering $41 billion annually.
Sen.Â Sanders and other Democrats haveÂ longclaimed that the United States must “lead by example”Â on globalwarming as, mathematically, American CO2 reduction schemes arefutile, ifÂ China and India keep increasing their carbondioxide emissions.
TheÂ worldâ€™s largest emitter ofcarbon dioxide has been ChinaÂ since 2006, withÂ IndiaaccountingÂ for the largest share of global emissionsgrowth.Â According to a 2014 study by the European Union, China emits29 percent of the worldâ€™s carbon dioxide, whilethe US is only responsible for 15 percent of theworldâ€™s emissions (the European Union itselfonly accounts for 10 percent and India accounts for another 6percent).
India has expressed disappointment in the draft text ofthe U.N. Climate Change Conference in Paris.TheirÂ climate change minister said he wasâ€œnot at all happyâ€ with the draft forreasons of â€œequity.â€ An estimated 400 millionIndiansÂ —Â 31 percent of thepopulation — lack access to electricity, so the country isreluctant to adopt any policy which could slow down growth.