Republicans, trying to deflect their own lack of leadership in anything but hatred for President Barack Obama, often accuse him of not leading, particularly in the realm of international affairs where Republicans seem only to count actions as leadership when they involve firing a gun or a missile. However, the facts put the lie to this Republican assertion.

Flying in the face of intense pressure to ignore the disastrous effects of climate change on our health, our homes, and even our lives and those of our children and grandchildren, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced a much-needed plan to start reducing climate change by cutting carbon emissions for existing power plants. One day later, China announced that it will set an absolute cap on its carbon dioxide emissions from 2016 ("GOP pleads ignorance while our planet melts," June 5).

Now that's leadership from President Obama and the EPA that will actually save lives instead of taking them, here at home and around the world.

Edith Williams, Columbia

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