Letter: Rebutting A Column

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letters to the editorMay I ask why you give so many column inches to Billy Fried’s one-sided political column?

He consistently makes false claims. If he desires to have readers of your paper actually read his one-sided rants, then he needs to start fact-checking.

In his most recent article in the July 26, 2019 issue of the LB Indy, he states (the Paris Climate Accord) the “rest of the world has committed $100 Billion … while the U.S. has put up Zilch”.

First off – “committing” or “pledging” are much different than actually spending real money.

Second – China, India and other huge polluters have paid nothing into the Accord – the U.S. – prior to our President pulling support, had paid $1 Billion in US Dollars to this fund.

I realize that everyone has a right to their opinion.

But can’t you relegate Billy Fried to a “Letter to the Editor” status like you do to the rest of us? Or can we ALL get a column in your paper to vent our respective views every other week?

James M. Foster, Irvine

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  1. Here is the list of the 196 countries that signed the Accord, including China and India. Everyone has a right to their own opinion, but not their own facts. What a dumbass!

    Party[12] Percentage of greenhouse
    gases for ratification[5] Date of signature Date of ratification, acceptance, approval, or accession Date of entry into force
    Afghanistan 0.05% 22 April 2016 15 February 2017 17 March 2017
    Albania 0.02% 22 April 2016 21 September 2016 4 November 2016
    Algeria 0.30% 22 April 2016 20 October 2016 19 November 2016
    Andorra 0.00% 22 April 2016 24 March 2017 23 April 2017
    Antigua and Barbuda 0.00% 22 April 2016 21 September 2016 4 November 2016
    Argentina 0.89% 22 April 2016 21 September 2016 4 November 2016
    Armenia 0.02% 20 September 2016 23 March 2017 22 April 2017
    Australia 1.46% 22 April 2016 9 November 2016 9 December 2016
    Austria[a] 0.21% 22 April 2016 5 October 2016 4 November 2016
    Azerbaijan 0.13% 22 April 2016 9 January 2017 8 February 2017
    Bahamas, The 0.00% 22 April 2016 22 August 2016 4 November 2016
    Bahrain 0.06% 22 April 2016 23 December 2016 22 January 2017
    Bangladesh 0.27% 22 April 2016 21 September 2016 4 November 2016
    Barbados 0.01% 22 April 2016 22 April 2016 4 November 2016
    Belarus 0.24% 22 April 2016 21 September 2016 4 November 2016
    Belgium[a] 0.32% 22 April 2016 6 April 2017 6 May 2017
    Belize 0.00% 22 April 2016 22 April 2016 4 November 2016
    Benin 0.02% 22 April 2016 31 October 2016 30 November 2016
    Bhutan 0.00% 22 April 2016 19 September 2017 19 October 2017
    Bolivia 0.12% 22 April 2016 5 October 2016 4 November 2016
    Bosnia and Herzegovina 0.08% 22 April 2016 16 March 2017 15 April 2017
    Botswana 0.02% 22 April 2016 11 November 2016 11 December 2016
    Brazil 2.48% 22 April 2016 21 September 2016 4 November 2016
    Brunei N/A[b] 22 April 2016 21 September 2016 4 November 2016
    Bulgaria[a] 0.15% 22 April 2016 29 November 2016 29 December 2016
    Burkina Faso 0.06% 22 April 2016 11 November 2016 11 December 2016
    Burundi 0.07% 22 April 2016 17 January 2018 16 February 2018
    Cambodia 0.03% 22 April 2016 6 February 2017 8 March 2017
    Cameroon 0.45% 22 April 2016 29 July 2016 4 November 2016
    Canada 1.95% 22 April 2016 5 October 2016 4 November 2016
    Cape Verde 0.00% 22 April 2016 21 September 2017 21 October 2017
    Central African Republic 0.01% 22 April 2016 11 October 2016 10 November 2016
    Chad 0.06% 22 April 2016 12 January 2017 11 February 2017
    Chile[15] 0.25% 20 September 2016 10 February 2017 12 March 2017
    China[c] 20.09% 22 April 2016 3 September 2016[13] 4 November 2016
    Colombia 0.41% 22 April 2016 12 July 2018 11 August 2018
    Comoros 0.00% 22 April 2016 23 November 2016 23 December 2016
    Congo, Democratic Republic of the 0.06% 22 April 2016 13 December 2017 12 January 2018
    Congo, Republic of the 0.01% 22 April 2016 21 April 2017 21 May 2017
    Cook Islands 0.00% 24 June 2016 1 September 2016 4 November 2016
    Costa Rica 0.03% 22 April 2016 13 October 2016 12 November 2016
    Côte d’Ivoire 0.73% 22 April 2016 25 October 2016 24 November 2016
    Croatia[a] 0.07% 22 April 2016 24 May 2017 23 June 2017
    Cuba 0.10% 22 April 2016 28 December 2016 27 January 2017
    Cyprus[a] 0.02% 22 April 2016 4 January 2017 3 February 2017
    Czech Republic[a] 0.34% 22 April 2016 5 October 2017 4 November 2017
    Denmark[d][a] 0.15% 22 April 2016 1 November 2016 1 December 2016
    Djibouti 0.00% 22 April 2016 11 November 2016 11 December 2016
    Dominica 0.00% 22 April 2016 21 September 2016 4 November 2016
    Dominican Republic 0.07% 22 April 2016 21 September 2017 21 October 2017
    East Timor 0.00% 22 April 2016 16 August 2017 15 September 2017
    Ecuador 0.67% 26 July 2016 20 September 2017 20 October 2017
    Egypt 0.52% 22 April 2016 29 June 2017 29 July 2017
    El Salvador 0.03% 22 April 2016 27 March 2017 26 April 2017
    Equatorial Guinea N/A[b] 22 April 2016 30 October 2018 29 November 2018
    Estonia[a] 0.06% 22 April 2016 4 November 2016 4 December 2016
    Ethiopia 0.13% 22 April 2016 9 March 2017 8 April 2017
    European Union N/A[e] 22 April 2016 5 October 2016 4 November 2016
    Fiji 0.01% 22 April 2016 22 April 2016 4 November 2016
    Finland[a] 0.17% 22 April 2016 14 November 2016 14 December 2016
    France[a] 1.34% 22 April 2016 5 October 2016 4 November 2016
    Gabon 0.02% 22 April 2016 2 November 2016 2 December 2016
    Gambia, The 0.05% 26 April 2016 7 November 2016 7 December 2016
    Georgia 0.03% 22 April 2016 8 May 2017 7 June 2017
    Germany[a] 2.56% 22 April 2016 5 October 2016 4 November 2016
    Ghana 0.09% 22 April 2016 21 September 2016 4 November 2016
    Greece[a] 0.28% 22 April 2016 14 October 2016 13 November 2016
    Grenada 0.00% 22 April 2016 22 April 2016 4 November 2016
    Guatemala 0.04% 22 April 2016 25 January 2017 24 February 2017
    Guinea 0.01% 22 April 2016 21 September 2016 4 November 2016
    Guinea-Bissau 0.02% 22 April 2016 22 October 2018 21 November 2018
    Guyana 0.01% 22 April 2016 20 May 2016 4 November 2016
    Haiti 0.02% 22 April 2016 31 July 2017 30 August 2017
    Honduras 0.03% 22 April 2016 21 September 2016 4 November 2016
    Hungary[a] 0.15% 22 April 2016 5 October 2016 4 November 2016
    Iceland 0.01% 22 April 2016 21 September 2016 4 November 2016
    India 4.10% 22 April 2016 2 October 2016 4 November 2016
    Indonesia 1.49% 22 April 2016 31 October 2016 30 November 2016
    Ireland[a] 0.16% 22 April 2016 4 November 2016 4 December 2016
    Israel 0.20% 22 April 2016 22 November 2016 22 December 2016
    Italy[a] 1.18% 22 April 2016 11 November 2016 11 December 2016
    Jamaica 0.04% 22 April 2016 10 April 2017 10 May 2017
    Japan 3.79% 22 April 2016 8 November 2016 8 December 2016
    Jordan 0.07% 22 April 2016 4 November 2016 4 December 2016
    Kazakhstan 0.84% 2 August 2016 6 December 2016 5 January 2017
    Kenya 0.06% 22 April 2016 28 December 2016 27 January 2017
    Kiribati 0.00% 22 April 2016 21 September 2016 4 November 2016
    North Korea 0.23% 22 April 2016 1 August 2016 4 November 2016
    South Korea 1.85% 22 April 2016 3 November 2016 3 December 2016
    Kuwait 0.09% 22 April 2016 23 April 2018 23 May 2018
    Laos 0.02% 22 April 2016 7 September 2016 4 November 2016
    Latvia[a] 0.03% 22 April 2016 16 March 2017 15 April 2017
    Lesotho 0.01% 22 April 2016 20 January 2017 19 February 2017
    Liberia 0.02% 22 April 2016 27 August 2018 26 September 2018
    Liechtenstein 0.00% 22 April 2016 20 September 2017 20 October 2017
    Lithuania[a] 0.05% 22 April 2016 2 February 2017 4 March 2017
    Luxembourg[a] 0.03% 22 April 2016 4 November 2016 4 December 2016
    Macedonia, Republic of 0.03% 22 April 2016 9 January 2018 8 February 2018
    Madagascar 0.08% 22 April 2016 21 September 2016 4 November 2016
    Malawi 0.07% 20 September 2016 29 June 2017 29 July 2017
    Malaysia 0.52% 22 April 2016 16 November 2016 16 December 2016
    Maldives 0.00% 22 April 2016 22 April 2016 4 November 2016
    Mali 0.03% 22 April 2016 23 September 2016 4 November 2016
    Malta[a] 0.01% 22 April 2016 5 October 2016 4 November 2016
    Marshall Islands 0.00% 22 April 2016 22 April 2016 4 November 2016
    Mauritania 0.02% 22 April 2016 27 February 2017 29 March 2017
    Mauritius 0.01% 22 April 2016 22 April 2016 4 November 2016
    Mexico 1.70% 22 April 2016 21 September 2016 4 November 2016
    Micronesia 0.00% 22 April 2016 15 September 2016 4 November 2016
    Moldova 0.04% 21 September 2016 20 June 2017 20 July 2017
    Monaco 0.00% 22 April 2016 24 October 2016 23 November 2016
    Mongolia 0.05% 22 April 2016 21 September 2016 4 November 2016
    Montenegro 0.01% 22 April 2016 20 December 2017 19 January 2018
    Morocco 0.16% 22 April 2016 21 September 2016 4 November 2016
    Mozambique 0.02% 22 April 2016 4 June 2018 4 July 2018
    Myanmar 0.10% 22 April 2016 19 September 2017 19 October 2017
    Namibia 0.01% 22 April 2016 21 September 2016 4 November 2016
    Nauru 0.00% 22 April 2016 22 April 2016 4 November 2016
    Nepal 0.07% 22 April 2016 5 October 2016 4 November 2016
    Netherlands[f][a] 0.53% 22 April 2016 28 July 2017 27 August 2017
    New Zealand 0.22% 22 April 2016 4 October 2016 4 November 2016
    Nicaragua 0.03% 23 October 2017 22 November 2017
    Niger 0.04% 22 April 2016 21 September 2016 4 November 2016
    Nigeria 0.57% 22 September 2016 16 May 2017 15 June 2017
    Niue 0.01% 28 October 2016 28 October 2016 27 November 2016
    Norway 0.14% 22 April 2016 20 June 2016 4 November 2016
    Oman 0.06% 22 April 2016 22 May 2019 21 June 2019
    Pakistan 0.43% 22 April 2016 10 November 2016 10 December 2016
    Palau 0.00% 22 April 2016 22 April 2016 4 November 2016
    Palestine N/A[g] 22 April 2016 22 April 2016 4 November 2016
    Panama 0.03% 22 April 2016 21 September 2016 4 November 2016
    Papua New Guinea 0.01% 22 April 2016 21 September 2016 4 November 2016
    Paraguay 0.06% 22 April 2016 14 October 2016 13 November 2016
    Peru 0.22% 22 April 2016 25 July 2016 4 November 2016
    Philippines 0.34% 22 April 2016 23 March 2017 22 April 2017
    Poland[a] 1.06% 22 April 2016 7 October 2016 6 November 2016
    Portugal[a] 0.18% 22 April 2016 5 October 2016 4 November 2016
    Qatar 0.17% 22 April 2016 23 June 2017 23 July 2017
    Romania[a] 0.30% 22 April 2016 1 June 2017 1 July 2017
    Rwanda 0.02% 22 April 2016 6 October 2016 5 November 2016
    Saint Kitts and Nevis 0.00% 22 April 2016 22 April 2016 4 November 2016
    Saint Lucia 0.00% 22 April 2016 22 April 2016 4 November 2016
    Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 0.00% 22 April 2016 29 June 2016 4 November 2016
    Samoa 0.00% 22 April 2016 22 April 2016 4 November 2016
    San Marino 0.00% 22 April 2016 26 September 2018 26 October 2018
    São Tomé and Príncipe 0.00% 22 April 2016 2 November 2016 2 December 2016
    Saudi Arabia 0.80% 3 November 2016 3 November 2016 3 December 2016
    Senegal 0.05% 22 April 2016 21 September 2016 4 November 2016
    Serbia 0.18% 22 April 2016 25 July 2017 24 August 2017
    Seychelles 0.00% 25 April 2016 29 April 2016 4 November 2016
    Sierra Leone 0.98%[h] 22 September 2016 1 November 2016 1 December 2016
    Singapore 0.13% 22 April 2016 21 September 2016 4 November 2016
    Slovakia[a] 0.12% 22 April 2016 5 October 2016 4 November 2016
    Slovenia[a] 0.05% 22 April 2016 16 December 2016 15 January 2017
    Solomon Islands 0.00% 22 April 2016 21 September 2016 4 November 2016
    Somalia N/A[b] 22 April 2016 22 April 2016 4 November 2016
    South Africa 1.46% 22 April 2016 1 November 2016 1 December 2016
    Spain[a] 0.87% 22 April 2016 12 January 2017 11 February 2017
    Sri Lanka 0.05% 22 April 2016 21 September 2016 4 November 2016
    Sudan 0.18% 22 April 2016 2 August 2017 1 September 2017
    Suriname 0.01% 22 April 2016 13 February 2019 15 March 2019
    Swaziland 0.05% 22 April 2016 21 September 2016 4 November 2016
    Sweden[a] 0.15% 22 April 2016 13 October 2016 12 November 2016
    Switzerland 0.14% 22 April 2016 6 October 2017 5 November 2017
    Syria 0.21% 13 November 2017 13 December 2017
    Tanzania 0.11% 22 April 2016 18 May 2018 17 June 2018
    Tajikistan 0.02% 22 April 2016 22 March 2017 21 April 2017
    Thailand 0.64% 22 April 2016 21 September 2016 4 November 2016
    Togo 0.02% 19 September 2016 28 June 2017 28 July 2017
    Tonga 0.00% 22 April 2016 21 September 2016 4 November 2016
    Trinidad and Tobago 0.04% 22 April 2016 22 February 2018 24 March 2018
    Tunisia 0.11% 22 April 2016 10 February 2017 12 March 2017
    Turkmenistan 0.20% 23 September 2016 20 October 2016 19 November 2016
    Tuvalu 0.00% 22 April 2016 22 April 2016 4 November 2016
    Uganda 0.07% 22 April 2016 21 September 2016 4 November 2016
    Ukraine 1.04% 22 April 2016 19 September 2016 4 November 2016
    United Arab Emirates 0.53% 22 April 2016 21 September 2016 4 November 2016
    United Kingdom[a] 1.55% 22 April 2016 18 November 2016 18 December 2016
    United States[i] 17.89% 22 April 2016 3 September 2016 4 November 2016
    Uruguay 0.05% 22 April 2016 19 October 2016 18 November 2016
    Uzbekistan 0.54% 19 April 2017 9 November 2018 9 December 2018
    Vanuatu 0.00% 22 April 2016 21 September 2016 4 November 2016
    Venezuela 0.52% 22 April 2016 21 July 2017 20 August 2017
    Vietnam 0.72% 22 April 2016 3 November 2016 3 December 2016
    Zambia 0.04% 20 September 2016 9 December 2016 8 January 2017
    Zimbabwe 0.18% 22 April 2016 7 August 2017 6 September 2017
    Total 89.38%[5] 186[12]

  2. James Foster, if you live in Irvine, why would you warrant a column in the Laguna Beach Independent. Don’t tell me… you’re one of those Laguna Beach wannbes? Or maybe just another crank from Irvine, eh?

  3. Zeug Thalheimer – I lived in Laguna Beach for 9 years. I had to sell my home for personal reasons. I guess your use of affectionate words like “wannbes” (I think you mean’t wannabes) and “crank” are meant to insult anyone who is not a resident of Laguna Beach? Sad.

  4. Billy Fried August 9, 2019 at 9:46 am wrote:
    Here is the list of the 196 countries that signed the Accord, including China and India. Everyone has a right to their own opinion, but not their own facts. What a dumbass!
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    James Foster writes in retort:
    Thank you for proving my point Sir!
    I do not believe I questioned who signed the accord to incite you listing all 196 countries.

    And please notice – I have not sunk to your level of hurling verbal insults either !

  5. Mr. Foster, you and me against all of Laguna Beach, any time. As to Billy Fried, his calling you “dumbass” is all too typical of the hateful Left. They CLAIM to be smarter than anyone else, and therefore always right, always more moral, just better in every way. Facts don’t matter when you feel good about yourself and all your pals agree with you.

    Secretary of State, John Kerry, addressed the delegation and told them that if the European Union and the United States and dozens of other countries as well cut ALL fossil fuel emissions today, it wouldn’t accomplish anything because of China and India. You see, those poor people want to have simple comforts virtually everyone in America takes for granted. They’re building new fossil fuel power plants, new cement factories, running at full speed, and who can blame them! Signing a worthless piece of paper is reminiscent of Hitler signing the non-aggression pact with the Soviet Union. How did that work out again? Jimmy Carter “negotiated” an agreement with North Korea that if we forked over $5 billion in oil and food, they would disassemble their nuclear bomb program. How did that work out again? This is, by the way, the same brilliant liberal Democrat president who organized a coup ousting the Shah of Iran and bringing into power the Mullahs there today – the ones Obama forked over at least $400 million in cash to. How did that work out again?

    You see, Democrats destroy everything they touch. Baltimore, Detroit, public education, illegals pouring through our open borders. But their endless failures never dampen their enthusiasm for grabbing more power through more mendacity and empty promises.

    I’ll conclude on a lighter note, as full of humor as it is truth.
    Q: How many liberals does it take to change a light bulb?

    A: RACIST!

  6. Mr. Zeug Thalheimer, it has been discussed publicly that Billy Fried is not a resident of Laguna Beach.

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