We can learn from South Korea. Their excellent education system prompted Alabama officials to travel last fall on a teacher recruiting mission. (Ironic that state Sen. Tim Melson, who made the trip, has diverted critical funds for our schools to his ag event center pet project.)

South Korea this year tackled COVID-19 through one of the largest and best-organized epidemic control programs in the world. The key was rapid availability of testing (free under its health care system) and high-tech tracking that kept deaths to a few hundred.

Last month, voters re-elected President Moon’s party in a landslide. He is now tackling another deadly global crisis — climate change. The world’s seventh-largest source of planet-heating carbon dioxide is on course to become the first east Asian country to produce nearly 20% of its energy needs from renewables by 2030, and reach net-zero emissions by 2050.

South Korea is the biggest emitter yet to endorse the kind of industrial planning and social safety net expansion rarely seen outside of wartime. The new climate measures in South Korea might help reverse the increasing use of coal in Asia that threatens to propel global warming beyond the point of no return.

The plan is to end public financing of domestic and overseas coal projects, retrain workers for green jobs, make large-scale investments in wind and solar energy, undertake research, and consider a carbon tax (perhaps modeling the fee and dividend legislation being considered by our Congress).

Dan Waterman

Killen

(9) comments

David Rau

Trump abused air force one more than any other President ever he has went to Florida more than 200 times at taxpayers expense and the Obama's purchased a house on Martha's Vinyard they did not build one.Did you know Darryl Swindle that Barack Obama is still the most admired man in America? See i educated you twice in two days.

Darryl Swindle

You have education confused with indoctrination.Hopefully someday you will discover the difference.

David Rau

Best President ever Mr. Scott really? Trump so far has let 92,000 Americans die because of the virus and let 36 million go jobless the worst unemployment numbers since the great depression. All because Trump did nothing to stop the virus coming here for 3 months but he did play lots of golf. He also called the corona virus a fraud and said in Feb. that there would be no deaths in the USA. After the pandemic hit he told people to inject themselves with Lysol. Just last week he said he was taking a drug to ward off the Virus, a drug that all doctors say is useless and causes heart attacks. To say that Trump is the best President ever is a total insult to all the good Presidents that have come before Republicans and Democrats.

Adam Scott

Darryl, just do like I do and ignore David Rau. All he can do is throw out insults and lies all the while bashing the best President in the history of the U.S.A.

David Rau

I will try to educate Darryl Swindle if such a thing is possible. It's been Donald Trump that has taken more than 200 trips to florida to play golf at taxpayers expense in air force one. The Obama purchased a home in Marthas Vinyard that sets at least 200 yards from the beach on a rise. The Hollywood stars for the most part live in the Hollywood hills. And the rise of the ocean is a well documented problem at the naval base in Newport News Virginia. Many homes have been moved because of it. It is also a big problem in Miami Beach. All new construction there has to meet rigid codes because of it. There i did my part to educate Darryl Swindle not that it will do any good because he is not very bright.

Darryl Swindle

You conveniently left out the fuel guzzling jets these proponents of "climate change" use to battle their cause. Obama was the worst President to abuse the Air Force one. I am sure you know for a fact that 200 yards will be sufficient to prevent flooding. and please explain why build on a beach if it is going to flood. You should focus on educating yourself. You have illustrated that all you need to know to be a liberal democrat is how to goose-step.

David Rau

Adam Scott must be some kind of stupid or he works for a oil company. Global warming was proven in the 90s, Man made climate change is very real and if we don't get a handle on it our planet will ultimately be doomed. The hottest five years of the last one hundred years has happened in the last 8 years, and it is only getting worse.

Adam Scott

Well, is it climate change now or global warming? You do know our climate changes all the time don’t you. Or are you talking about man-made global warming? Ya’ll keep changing your wording because man-made climate change doesn’t exist. The left has been wrong on this from day one.

Darryl Swindle

If the climate is in such a major crisis, Why is Gore and Decaprion still flying around in their jets. Construction is still going on all the coastlines with no worries about costal flooding. Obama bought property on the coast. He's not worried about climate change ( unless there is money to be made by talking about it) None of the Hollywood rich are moving inland from their beachfront homes. Seems they are not worried about climate change. Climate change is all about the Benjamins.

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