There is growing frustration with the U.S., which has deadlocked the climate change talks at the IPCC conference in Bali.
Writing for the New York Times, Thomas Fuller and Elisabeth Rosenthal note that the European Union has threatened to boycott new talks proposed by the White House next month.
I wonder if all the other participants came together to condemn the United States position on climate change whether it then would make the evening news here at home? Meanwhile, on the home front, Congress is doing its part for the war on the environment.
Writing for Gristmill, Anna Fahey notes that the Bush Administration is:
Refusing to endorse international mandatory emissions cuts, refusing to ratify Kyoto, using economic fear tactics, and refusing to budge until China and India lead the way.
— and here are some compelling reasons why climate solutions can be a boon to the economy rather than a strain.)
Here’s how the Christian Science Monitor put it:
… some environmental representatives privately say they suspect that the reference to [a specific range of reduced] CO2 levels eventually will get dropped [from Bali discussions] to keep the US from blocking an agreement that must be reached by consensus. Meanwhile, developing countries are waiting to see if the resulting road map signals intentions serious enough for them to agree to undertake greater efforts to curb the growth rate in their emissions.
Al Gore has said that the Bush administration is “the principal stumbling block to progress in Bali right now.” Which well may be true, but here at home, destruction of life on the planet as we know it continues with the complicity of Congress.
Of course, it depends upon your perspective. The Detroit News is reporting that the Senate is making an effort to craft a viable, Energy Bill.
“Viable” — Donncha jist luv dat language, viable as in alive (predicate) (vs. dead).
“Senator of Chommell Sector, Supreme Chancellor of the Galactic Republic, Emperor of the Galactic Empire, Dark Lord of the Sith, as Emperor, Palpatine abandons any semblance of democracy.”
The following report from Autoblog Green sums it up nicely:
Yesterday Senate negotiators removed a provision that would have required electric utilities to get fifteen percent of their power from renewable sources by the middle of the next decade.
After the 59-40 vote this morning Majority leader Harry Reid (D-NV) agreed to remove the tax changes and bring the bill up for a third vote.
** SPOILER** *** RANT FOLLOWS ***
“BOGU — Senatorial Ostrich Version,” is this blog’s response. So, it’s WKTRPS? (Who Killed The RPS (This Time, and the Time Before That and the Time Before That, and…), i.e., the filthy coal interests gut the RPS (Renewable energy Portfolio Standard) again.
And, now the Oil Boyz get to keep their subsidies. “The idea,” notes ABG commentator susan.kraemer, was that, “by rescinding those oil company tax breaks, there would be funding for renewable energy sources.”
(Cue Emperor Palpatine theme)
Oh the weather predictions are frightful,
but the fire is so delightful
So, as long as you love that oil,
Let ‘em boil, let ‘em boil, let ‘em boil