Here is a sad item that was published on Canada.com December 14, 2007:
NUSA DUA, Indonesia –The Bush administration is the main obstacle to progress in international efforts to fight global warming, but the rest of the world should move on without it, former U.S. vice-president Al Gore said Thursday night during a special appearance at the United Nations climate change summit.
“I am not an official of the United States and I am not bound by the diplomatic niceties,” said Gore in an emotional speech to delegates that lasted close to an hour. “So I am going to speak an inconvenient truth: My own country, the United States, is principally responsible for obstructing progress here in Bali. We all know that.”
Gore, who has become one of the best-known crusaders for action on climate change ever since he was featured in an Academy Award-winning documentary, An Inconvenient Truth, said other countries are also partly to blame. He mentioned none by name, but crafted an analogy from Canada’s national sport to convince delegates why they need to move forward without the United States.
“One of the most famous ice hockey players in history was asked the secret of why he was so good at ice hockey,” said Gore. “And he said in response to the question, ‘I don’t pass the puck to where they are, I pass the puck to where they’re going to be.’ Over the next two years, the United States is going to be somewhere it is not now. You must anticipate that.” (Please use the above link for the full text of the article)
*From my perspective…again this nation is humiliated by George Bush, Dick Cheney, and their corporate interests. How sad and useless. What could the administration be thinking other than filling their own pockets from these corporate interests and personal favors. There is just no logical reason why this country continually refuses to cooperate with the rest of the world. It’s Imperial Hubris, and if we don’t take a stand against politics as usual, it will be our end.
From Wikipedia: “The Kyoto Protocol is an agreement made under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Countries that ratify this protocol commit to reduce their emissions of carbon dioxide and five other greenhouse gases, or engage in emissions trading if they maintain or increase emissions of these gases. The Kyoto Protocol now covers more than 170 countries globally and more than 60% of countries in terms of global greenhouse gas emissions. As of December 2007, the US and Kazakhstan are the only signatory nations not to have ratified the act. This treaty expires in 2012, and international talks began in May 2007 on a future treaty to succeed the current one.”Here is a chart of the 2008 Presidential Election Candidates that shows where the candidates stand on this important issue. Those listed approving of Kyoto Protocol include:
I notice that Hillary Clinton states she is in favor of Kyoto, however I am deeply concerned about the possibility of little follow through because of all the Clinton corporate connections. Please consider your vote wisely.