The President’s Climate Change Strategy ~ A Good Plan or a Bad Joke

The President finally gets it – the American people are not buying industry’s pseudoscience anymore.  But he apparently hasn’t figured out yet that the longer we put off efforts to reverse the growing trend, the more it will eventually cost.

Just in time for the celebration of Earth Day in the Northern Hemisphere this year, President Bush, without actually saying so, has finally admitted to being wrong about something, i.e., climate change.  On Wednesday of this week, according to an Associated Press news story, he acknowledged the need to head off “serious” climate change — as if what has already occurred isn’t yet serious (rapidly melting sea and land ice in high latitudes and altitudes, and shifting weather patterns to include more and more severe tropical storms).

Until now, this president, along with most Republican lawmakers, has done everything in his power to cooperate with the petro- chemical, forestry, energy and other lobbies’ efforts to distort legitimate science studying climate change so as to stave off the inevitable — economic impact.  Here’s a worthwhile article on this, The Junk Science of George Bush, published by The Nation magazine, if you have the time and interest to read it.

Speaking from the White House Rose Garden, the President set a specific target date for U.S. climate pollution reductions.  He also said that he is ready to commit to a binding international agree- ment on long-term greenhouse gas reductions, but only if other countries such as China do the same.

“There is a wrong way and a right way to approach reducing greenhouse gas emissions,” Bush said, making clear that he opposes a Senate measure that would impose mandatory limits on greenhouse gases beginning in five years, followed by annual reductions.  “Bad legislation would impose tremendous costs on our economy and American families,” the President said, “without accomplishing the important climate change goals we share.”  

So, the President finally gets it – the American people are not buying industry’s pseudoscience anymore.  But he apparently hasn’t figured out yet that the longer we put off efforts to reverse the growing trend, the more it will eventually cost.

For the real scoop on climate change, visit RealClimate.org, a web site containing testimony and other scientific articles published by real climatologists (those who are not working under contract with industry or profit-oriented special interest groups).

In his address, the President said he envisions a “comprehensive blend of market incentives and regulations” that would encourage clean and efficient energy technologies. And he singled out the electric utility industry, saying power plants need to stabilize carbon dioxide pollution within 15 years and reduce them after that.  But his plan came under fire immediately from environ- mentalists and from congressional Democrats who favor manda- tory emission cuts, which is a position supported by all three presidential contenders. 

The nightmare is almost over!

Please feel free to comment, pro or con, on this posting.

 

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  1. Why is Greenland called greenland? Iceland is called iceland yet it is greener than Greenland. Were the Vikings who named both places just trying to keep squatters from going to Iceland , a good location, by making “Greenland” sound better, or was Greenland really green and lush in 1000 AD ? Has Greenland gotten colder over the last 1000 years? Maybe we should help make Greenland green again.

  2. Go to The Straight Dope at http://www.straightdope.com/mailbag/micegreenland.html to read an historical explanation for the naming of these two islands. The “viral disinformation” all over the Internet about which you speak (the idea that Greenland was once warmer than Iceland evidenced by their contradictory names) is but a silly fragment of the right-wing conspiracy that I wrote about, a conspiracy meant to confuse people about what is really happening. But it’s run its course now, Kent. Most educated, “free thinking” people recognize it for what it is.


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