Obama’s Speech in Germany Was Ridiculous (and other stuff)
Posted by The Diatribe Guy on July 29, 2008
OK, that’s a pretty general statement, but it was. Excerpts from Planet Gore:
“As we speak,” said Obama, “cars in Boston and factories in Beijing are melting the ice caps in the Arctic, shrinking coastlines in the Atlantic, and bringing drought to farms from Kansas to Kenya.”
He followed that up by suggesting that the world “reduce the carbon we send into our atmosphere” with “the same seriousness of purpose as has your nation,” apparently unaware that CO2 emissions in Europe, to which he was appealing, grew 2.1% from 2000 to 2004, while U.S. emissions increased just 1.3% over the same time.
“This is the moment when we must come together to save this planet,” Obama declared. “Let us resolve that we will not leave our children a world where the oceans rise and famine spreads and terrible storms devastate our lands.”
To make matters worse, comes this gem from Senator Patrick Leahy:
‘In an Obama administration, you’d see one of his closest advisers would be Al Gore. And that gives me a lot of hope.
I wouldn’t want anyone accusing me of using anecdotes as evidence without being up-front about it. But on the heels of the reports a couple days ago about the coldest summer ever in Anchorage comes something from the other side of the globe: Adelaide was freakin’ cold.
Adelaide’s temperature plummeted to 0.8C about 6.25am, this mark the lowest since the winter of 1983.
In a related story, we find out that Nancy Pelosi is trying to save our planet. At least, that’s the excuse for stalling a proposal to lift the moratorium on drilling.
With fewer than 20 legislative days before the new fiscal year begins Oct. 1, the entire appropriations process has largely ground to a halt because of the ham-handed fighting that followed Republican attempts to lift the moratorium on offshore oil and gas exploration. And after promising fairness and open debate, Pelosi has resorted to hard-nosed parliamentary devices that effectively bar any chance for Republicans to offer policy alternatives.
“I’m trying to save the planet; I’m trying to save the planet,” she says impatiently when questioned. “I will not have this debate trivialized by their excuse for their failed policy.”
“I respect the office that I hold,” she says. “And when you win the election, you win the majority, and what is the power of the speaker? To set the agenda, the power of recognition, and I am not giving the gavel away to anyone.”
Huh. Sounds more like someone who just doesn’t want to lose a grip on her little empire. No drilling, no coal, no nuclear, years away from efficient alternatives that are not sufficiently funded. Am I the only one who sees the problem with this picture?