Although notorious for its ambitious and widely criticized nuclear program, North Korea is an active participant in the fight against climate change.
In fact, the country’s leader Kim Jong-Un has declared war on deforestation. His foreign minister attending the Paris climate talks, the hermit kingdom is pledging to "actively engage" in environmental efforts.
Kim “has declared war on deforestation and has put forward a massive project to turn all the mountains of the country into mountains of gold, thickly wooded with trees,” Ri Su Yong told delegates.
He added North Korea – a nation considered the 14th largest producer of coal – is planning to reduce its total amount of greenhouse gas emissions by 37.4 percent, well below the peak levels recorded during 1990s.
And while it could just be lip-service – considering North Korea has big nuclear plans, despite international security and environmental concerns – at least the reclusive country acknowledges the reality of climate change, unlike the GOP.
“The House passed two resolutions Tuesday disapproving Obama's power-plant rules and rendering them inoperative. A measure blocking an Environmental Protection Agency rule for existing power plants was approved 242-180, while a measure blocking a rule on future power plants was approved 235-188,” the Associated Press reported.
In a slap to President Barack Obama’s plan to force steep cuts in greenhouse gas emissions from U.S. power plants, Congress Republicans recently moved to block the measure.Kim Jong-Un might be one of the most infamous leaders but, apparently, he has more sense of the threats posed by global warming and related phenomenon than the entire Republican Party combined.