Wednesday, November 15, 2006

We're #53! We're #53!

Sweden, Britain and Denmark are doing the most to protect against climate change, according to a report released Monday by environmental groups.

The United States ranked #53, with only China, Malaysia and Saudi Arabia doing worse.

"We don't have any winners, we only have countries that are better compared to others," said Matthias Duwe of the Climate Action Network-Europe, which released the data at the U.N. climate conference. "We don't have big shining stars."

The index ranks 56 countries that were part of a 1992 climate treaty or that contribute at least 1 percent of the world's greenhouse gas emissions. The calculations took into account emissions levels, emissions trends and climate policy.

White House Press Secretary Tony Snow was quick to offer official spin.

“The president has made dealing with climate change a priority for this administration (and) will continue to,'' he said. Two weeks ago, Snow said that “contrary to stereotype,” President Bush has been “actively engaged in trying to fight climate change.”

Remember, we're ranked #53. Can anyone seriously believe that climate change is an administration priority? Can anyone seriously believe Bush is "actively engaged" on the subject?

Since empty conservative spin hasn't helped, here are two ideas that may help raise the ranking: Bush should (albeit belatedly) fulfill his promise to cap carbon emissions, and he should stop offering the spin that global warming can be successfully fought through "voluntary” programs.

7 Comments:

Blogger sushil yadav said...

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11:36 PM  
Blogger David R. Mark said...

comment removed due to length

commenter can re-post links, please

11:37 AM  
Anonymous Bryn said...

I am not surprised

All Bushco cares about is oil, oil, oil...DRILL DRILL for oil. Even Ann Coulter says "God gave us right to RAPE the EARTH." Fundies do not care about environment because they say after all Jeb-uz is coming soon. They believe the end is near so therefore why waste time spending money to worry about enviroment? Why can't they just dirty up their own houses, their own yards, their own water, their own air and leave the rest of us alone to respect the Earth.

11:37 AM  
Anonymous Bryn said...

We'd be #1 if Al Gore was our President

11:37 AM  
Anonymous Frustratedlady said...

GW will try to hide any negatives to cover his a*--, only .... this time, he will get caught with his pants down, as Mother Nature will expose his lack of corrective action through drastic changes to the environment. He may have been able to hide his shenanigans from his mama when he was young, but he's a big boy now and there ain't no rug big enough to fool Ma Nature.

11:38 AM  
Blogger thewaronterrible said...

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8:59 PM  
Blogger thewaronterrible said...

Reposted to correct a few grammatical errors:

Here is what will actually happen, frustratedlady.

A huge devastating Tsuami will strike the Eastern seaboard in October of 2009.
The next president, a Democrat, has, since the beginning of his term the previous January, joined with diplomats across the globe in the implementation of unprecedented global warming measures.
This activity wins universal acclaim as an ambitious attempt to make up for precious lost time during the eight years of do-nothing environmental policies of the Bush Administration. The new Democratic president has even received a Nobel Peace Prize.
Not only that, in sensing a major global-warming induced hurricane bound for the East Coast, the new Democratic president has also initiated preliminary construction of several new levees and dams in targeted areas along the coast in a preemptive plan to reduce the expected property damage and number of human casualties.

Nonetheless, Republicans in Congress and their apologists in the media are out in full force blaming the new Democratic president for failing to take the actions soon enough.
The Republicans call for impeachment hearings to hold the Democratic president accountable for thousands of lost lives and hundreds of billions of dollars in property damage.
Democrats counter with clear facts that Bush had shunned all the global warning signs during his entire eight-year term, robbing away precious time the Democrats could have used to implement their global warming measures sooner.
The Democrats note that Bush had even refused to watch Al Gore's movie.
The conservatives in congress, nevertheless, with the help of their apologists in the MSM, spin those clear facts to demonstrate that BUSH HAD TAKEN EVEN MORE VIGOROUS GLOBAL WARMING MEASURES THAN HAD THE NEW DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENT.
In addition, the conservatives charge, "You Democrats are only seeking political vengeance for all those years the Republicans blamed Clinton for 9-11!"
"Besides, how can you blame Bush," the Republicans scream, "when the Democrats had control of Congress during his last two years in office."

When The New York Times and Washington Post acknowledge the conservatives are conveniently leaving out the fact that Bush had repeatedly vetoed the Democrats global warming legislation, while the slight majority of the Dems in the Senate was not enough to overcome those vetoes, Levin, Limbaugh and their ilk roar: "Liberal bias in the media! Liberal bias in the media!"

And to conclude my little story, the mainstream media will scribe the Republican position without challenge.

9:13 PM  

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