Thursday, May 31, 2007

How Green Was My Bush?

Look at this. That’s George Bush speaking in advance of the G-8 meeting next week at a Baltic Sea resort in Germany, saying he’s against those greenhouse gases.


He wants to organize an agreement by 15 nations who contribute the most greenhouse gases to reduce their emission levels.


He is calling for a first in a series of meetings beginning this fall to set emission level limits, then letting each of the 15 nations decide how to reduce to the agreed upon level.


Foul! Cry the environmentalists, and rightly so. This is nothing more than a disingenuous attempt to make Bush look like the guy with his fingers on the pulse of global warming concerns.

“Friends of the Earth president Brent Blackwelder called the proposal ‘a complete charade. It is an attempt to make the Bush administration look like it takes global warming seriously without actually doing anything to curb emissions.’”

It’s more than a charade. It is two-faced political shenanigans. Bush doesn’t give a tinker’s dam about global warming. The Kyoto Protocol called for reduction of greenhouse gases to 1990 levels by 2012. China and India are listed in the protocol as developing countries, and as such, were exempted. Bush doesn’t want to exempt China and India. He is including them in the 15 nations he wants to meet.

A deal breaker, and he knows it.

George Bush is ON RECORD as admitting that global warming is occurring. However, his own EPA had to be directed by the Supreme Court to set emission standards for greenhouse gases.

And even as Bush was speaking his platitudes, his own appointed director of NASA, Michael Griffin, is quoted in the Houston Chronicle as saying “"I have no doubt that global — that a trend of global warming exists. I'm not sure it's fair to say that is a problem we must wrestle with.”

Griffin is at the head of the scientific entity that collects the majority of data indicating that not only are greenhouse gases accumulating at higher and higher concentrations in the atmosphere, but that average temperature on a global scale has increased.

He even goes as far to say that it is arrogant of some people to say what kind of climate is preferable, that the present climate is desired over some other climate.

My guess is that Griffin doesn’t own an expensive beach condo in Port Aransas.

In an effort to spin his boss’ obviously nitwitted remarks, NASA’s chief spokesman, David Mould, said that Griffin was simply saying that it wasn’t NASA’s position to analyze and interpret the data that they collected, and that was to be left to “others, including congress”.

No, David, what he really meant to say was that it is China and India who are doing all the carbon dioxide dumping and that they had just better quit it.

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