This is a guest post by our friend LarryD of the fine blog “Acts of the Apostasy.” LarryD is one of the few remaining tax payers in metro Detroit; father of two, husband of one, chief of staff for the pet cat; blogging since March 2008; still waiting for that Great American Novel to write itself ; professional penitent; all around good guy even he is a Detroit Red Wings fan.
Well, well, well. Seems that there won’t be any Hopenchangen coming from Copenhagen this December after all. Thank goodness! This despite British PM’s Gordon Brown warning everybody back on October 19 that the world has only 50 days left (PM Warns of Climate ‘Catastrophe’) if the world leaders delayed any longer.
Lemme see…Oct 19 + 50 days….carry the 1….that puts it at about December 8. Feast of the Immaculate Conception. Perhaps it ought to be renamed as the Feast of the Inaccurate Deception, just this once. No disrespect to the Blessed Mother, mind you.
Why the latest delay? While on his Bash America tour in Asia, President Obama participated in the annual two-day APEC summit, and it was reported in the BBC that “…leaders have failed to agree a target for reducing greenhouse gas emissions at the Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation (Apec) forum.
Officials said the leaders – including presidents Barack Obama of the US and Hu Jintao of China – now viewed the Copenhagen summit as a “staging post”, and not an end point, in the search for a global deal to cut emissions of greenhouse gases.”
A member of the Obama administration added: “There was an assessment by the leaders that it was unrealistic to expect a full internationally legally binding agreement to be negotiated between now and when Copenhagen starts in 22 days.”
How much you want to bet this is because the US Senate hasn’t done anything on Cap-n-Tax? Which has to be a major embarrassment to President Man-child. Especially since the German publication ‘der Spiegel’ has come out and lambasted him for failure to come through on promises made during his Berlin campaign speech:
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.
Ouch! That’s gonna leave a mark!
Thing is, more and more Americans are seeing the light, that Cap-n-Tax is nothing more than a jobs killer and an attempt to redistribute wealth. For instance, stimulus money was awarded to Texas to develop large wind farms as part of the shift to renewable energy, and to create jobs. Dirty little secret, though, is that 100% of the parts for the turbines will be manufactured in China. Only 330 jobs will be created here, and of those, only 30 will be permanent, while China will reap the benefit of thousands of manufacturing jobs. Gateway Pundit has the story.
The longer this climate change malarkey is postponed the better. It won’t ever go away, sadly, not while politicians and snake-oil salesmen (Al Gore, anyone?) stand to profit from it. Perhaps if politicians continue to make fear-mongering claims of imminent destruction, voters will cast them aside for more practical level-headed leaders. And for many in the US Congress, their ‘catastrophe’ may strike in about 351 days – Election Day, 2010. Now that’s a bold prediction I can look forward to.