Diane, the 25% number wasn't refering to foreign aid but the world percentage of hydrocarbons we burn for energy in the US. So if hydrocarbon burning drives the present surge in climate change, it would be fair for us to pick up a quarter of the tab to help set things closer to right.
I hope everyone realizes this is a tough situation (almost a catch 22) for business. So it takes govt. leadership (yeah right, in this age of poll and contribution driven politics) and a supportive population (yeah right. Can you say SIG little Johnny?). Getting the world's most finicky orchid to bloom in profusion is child's play compared to this problem. And don't even get me started on US foreign aid...Largest single recipient: Israel which gets 2.1 billion bucks a year to buy weapons from the US, and 650 million bucks to support their economy. And I am a true believer in the separation of church and state...and...and...and.... (Vigorous ranting is sooo cathartic. Ahhh.)
Hey, the warming is real. Its consequences will be real. An intelligent plan to attenuate (sp?) the consequences must be found soon and it must be multi-faceted so that all over the world ; the rich can stay rich, the workers stay working and the politicians can keep getting re-elected. Or else my grandchildren will look me in the eye and say, "Damn you old man. Look at what you and your generation did to me!"
I hear your Ca. grape, apple and stone fruit growers are delighted with the cold snap. Tis an ill wind.....