November 17, 2009
For Cricket, because I care:
Yeah, it's been around a while but it's still funny.
Update: As the Editorial Staff hath been known to say from time to time, sometimes the comedy just writes itself:
Obama Lied to the Europeans
Barack Obama cast himself as a "citizen of the world" when he delivered his well-received campaign speech in Berlin in the summer of 2008. But the US president has now betrayed this claim. In his Berlin speech, he was dishonest with Europe. Since then, Obama has neglected the single most important issue for an American president who likes to imagine himself as a world citizen, namely, his country's addiction to fossil fuels and the risks of unchecked climate change. Health-care reform and other domestic issues were more important to him than global environmental threats. He was either unwilling or unable to convince skeptics in his own ranks and potential defectors from the ranks of the Republicans to support him, for example, by promising alternative investments as a compensation for states with large coal reserves.
Obama's announcement at the APEC summit that it was no longer possible to secure a binding treaty in Copenhagen is the result of his own negligence. China, India and other emerging economies have always spoken openly about the fact that the US, as the world's largest emitter of CO2, has to be proactive in commiting itself to targets agreed on by way of international negotiation. But that is not America's style. The US is quite happy to see itself as the leader of the Western world. But when it comes to climate change, America has once again failed miserably -- for the umpteenth time.
If the rest of the world were to follow the US example in their approach to fossil fuels, the oceans would not only heat up, but would probably soon begin to boil. American per capita CO2 emissions are about twice as high as those in comparable industrialized nations and many times greater than those of the developing world. The climate change bill that is currently making its way through Congress does not go nearly far enough -- and that is Obama's fault. The bill proposed reducing CO2 emissions by a ridiculous 4 percent relative to 1990 levels, by 2020. Climate researchers believe that reductions of 40 percent or more are required.
The bill has since been watered-down even more -- by exactly the kind of lobbying interests that the new US president had promised to overcome. Obama has neglected to communicate the importance of climate change to his fellow citizens by speaking about it in a major speech or in his much-loved "town hall" meetings. And he has left it to the Europeans to take the lead.
So much for healing the planet. Obama lied - our friends the trees died!
Posted by Cassandra at November 17, 2009 03:06 PM
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I'd laugh hysterically, except for the fact that the Dems are STILL going to pass this ridiculous "climate change" bill, even KNOWING that:
1) It will do nothing for or against gorbal worming
2) It won't make other hippies happy
3) It will hurt the economy
So if it's useless (from the hippies' perspective), and harmful to the economy... why pass it?
Because... #$&@ you, that's why!
Posted by: MikeD at November 17, 2009 04:34 PM
I saw the...video, and heard the wailing, and...I didn't laugh, but I need to...
If a tree hugger mourns and there are no cameras around, do they make a sound?
We have calculated the use of wood to keep a house warm and to cook with. About 2 cords of wood per season. We could cut a cord for $5.00 and get the seasoned wood out of the ranges at FLW. The rest of our heating cost was the electricity to keep the propane furnace going, and the cost of the propane. It totaled about 25.00 a month during the winter, and we filled our tank every other year.
Posted by: Cricket at November 17, 2009 08:50 PM
Another crisis of confidence! Has Obama really betrayed the idealistic progressives? Is this really Obama, or just an evil twin, with the REAL Obama shackled like the Man in the Iron Mask in Guantanamo?
Who knows? Who cares? Tune in tomorrow for more of "Twisting in the Wind-Michele and Barack, A Love Story". No amount of love or adulation can ultimately fill the hole in this man's soul.
"Frankly my dear, it's all about me." -closing line from the movie version of "Twisting in the Wind".
But those cats from Spiegel missed a bet here. They didn't Blame Bush. Did they miss a memo or something??
Posted by: Don Brouhaha at November 17, 2009 10:07 PM
...the US, as the world's largest emitter of CO2, has to be proactive in commiting itself to targets agreed on by way of international negotiation.
The Greenies are still repeating the Big Lie. One Big Happy *Europe* emits more Cee-Owe-Two than we do, and the two largest producers of Cee-Owe-Two *and* actual *pollution* on the planet are -- China and India.
Of course, the Greenies all hold everything Al Gore says is gospel, and Gore believes the ground two klicks beneath out feet is hotter than the surface of the sun...
Posted by: BillT at November 18, 2009 12:36 AM
The death of an old-growth tree? That stump wasn't from an old-growth tree -- it was from a two-year old sumac bush, which is a *weed*...
Posted by: BillT at November 18, 2009 12:55 AM
"For Cricket, because I can..."
OK, so I changed it a li'l bit. ;-)
Posted by: camojack at November 18, 2009 01:27 AM