It’s been said that Americans believe they can do anything, and that they have almost unbridled national pride. It’s true, the U.S. is the largest economy on the planet and the sole military superpower with a fleet of 11 aircraft carriers when the next closest country has two. We also have Apple, Amazon, and a host of other fabulous, innovative companies and the U.S. Constitution. Still, most Americans would admit that other countries have great things to offer and there are limits on what America can do.
But one American legislator refuses to acknowledge such limits. Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) is certain that every bad thing that happens around the world can be traced back to the U.S.
Wars, famines? That’s us. Natural disasters? Yep. Including flooding? Well, of course. It’s directly linked to climate change, and the buck stops you know where on that… in the U.S.
At a Democratic event in Washington, she said:
“When you see a Somali refugee or an Iraqi refugee or a Libyan refugee, we often are like ‘this is my neighbor, they must have survived some struggle,’ we don’t ever pause to think ‘what American policy made them come over here?'”
She might have a point. Not that America made them come over here, but that many of us don’t think that. Instead, we think they made a great choice of destination because this is the Land of Opportunity.
Omar went on to say:
“When you see flooding happening in a country abroad and you are urgently raising money for these lives to be saved, you don’t think about, ‘How have I contributed to the climate warming that has led to these floodings and these catastrophes that are taking place abroad?'”
Again, she’s probably correct that we don’t think that. Instead, we’re probably thinking about the problem at hand and how to save lives instead of trying to point fingers and assign blame for things that have happened for as long as the earth has existed.
And for those concerned about climate change,the International Energy Agency’s new report shows that in 2019, the U.S. reduced CO2 emissions by the largest absolute amount of any country on the planet.