Full disclosure: a close relative manages a Wal-Mart store in Florida.
Starting tomorrow nearly 200 countries are meeting for United Nations climate talks in Qatar's capital city, Doha, where summer temperatures often exceed 120 degrees, which is pretty close to one of my hot flashes.
There we can expect to hear the same old tune that China sang at U.N. talks in Kyoto: that although it's a world leader in carbon emissions, "rich" countries like the U.S. should allow it to do so because it's a -- get this, Wal-Mart shoppers -- developing nation.
Here in the U.S. we've watched our manufacturing jobs go to China and other so-called developing countries. Seems to me all they're developing is an appetite for U.S. jobs and U.S.-Euro money.
The island nations that are at immediate physical risk from climate change need all the help the U.N. can give to keep above water -- literally. But pay "developing" countries like China and India to cut emissions? They've already got their hands in our pockets up to the elbows!
China, it's time for a carbon rollback. We need to act quickly and collectively to address global warming.