WaPo: Electoral College ‘thwarting our ability to battle global warming’

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On Monday, the Washington Post published an op-ed that actually claims the Electoral College is hurting our ability to combat global warming.

Seriously.

Here’s the headline:

Washington Post electoral College global warming

Todd Cort said that “…over the course of the last 200 plus years, the electoral college, which provides for stronger voting power per person in more rural and less populated states, has elected four U.S. presidents who clearly lost the popular vote (1876, 1888, 2000 and 2016). Two of those elections have occurred during the period in which we have known about the causes and impacts of carbon dioxide emissions and climate change and in both cases, the impacts of those elections have very likely had profound impacts on our actions to address the challenge.”

“At the very least,” he added, “the impact of the 2000 electoral college vote was a delay of four years in addressing climate change (and it is arguable that even though Bush won his second term with the popular vote, that scenario would have been far less likely were he not the incumbent thanks to the 2000 vote). In atmospheric carbon dioxide terms, the eight years of the Bush administration represent the rise from 370 parts per million to 385 parts per million as result of global emissions (about 13 percent of the rise in carbon dioxide since the days of Brearley and about 0.15oC average global rise in temperature).”

He concluded:

The electoral college will have a lasting legacy on all of our lives through climate change. The combination of two administrations headed by presidents who lost the popular vote has and will slow our progress down, and that delay contributes to an ever worsening global climate problem.

His article, naturally, sparked a great deal of mockery:

That pesky Constitution once again stands in the way of another left-wing cause.

Good…

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