Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, describing climate change as "the defining challenge of our age," released the final report of a United Nations panel on climate change here in Valencia, Spain), Saturday and called on the United States and China to play "a more constructive role."
His challenge to the world's two greatest greenhouse gas emitters came just two weeks before the world's energy ministers meet in Bali, Indonesia, to begin talks on creating a global climate treaty to replace the Kyoto Protocol, which expires in 2012.
And the US reaction..It was 'muted'. The "scientific definition" of the dangers of climate change "is lacking" said Jim Connaughton, chairman of White House's Council on Environmental Quality. "The United States repeatedly challenged passages emphasizing the level of threat posed by climate change, objecting that the wording was imprecise."
The Bushies have gone from absolute denial and ridicule to an attempt to water down (if that is the operative word) the looming threat of the drying up and heating of the globe.
For the present effects of the drought in Atlanta ,and other regions in the US and the world, read Tom Engelhardt. As the World Burns, the Bush administration fiddles and worries about imprecision and definitions. The same small minded administration, that defers unquestioningly to fundamentalist preachers who preach the literal gospel of the bible in the Oval Office regularly, a gospel based on 'a UN panel of thinkers' of 2,000 years ago, who believed absolutely that the world was flat, this same Executive so respective of biblical 'junk science', written millennia ago, goes over with a fine tooth comb editing or excising 21st scientific reports that only show by graph, computer and satellite what everyone else in the world knows intuitively.- anthropogenic global warming is getting far worse every year and threatens to completely overwhelm the globe if we don't do something about it and now, pronto.
It is a pity that global warning in this election is certainly not half the heated issue that drivers' licences for illegals is. It is not even on the radar screen for the GOP.
Today, Saturday, November 17, See the live webcast when it begins, at 5:15 EST. Grist will be sponsoring the first-ever presidential candidate forum focusing on the issues of energy policy and climate change. All Democratic and Republican presidential candidates were invited to attend; Hillary Clinton, John Edwards, and Dennis Kucinich have accepted the invitation. Obama was in Austin Texas, for a big reception, and couldn't come presumably...All the Republican candidates turned down the invitation.The only risk for global warming in the United States for them, are some over heated Imans in the Arabian desert..
Unfortuntely, the UN panel says we have only a window of opportunity as little as 2 to 3 years to begin to turn the globe around..It will be a catastrophe if the Republicans get back into the Oval Office and manage to postpone action for 4 to 8 years as they have since 2000..
UPDATE.(no need to change my title)..Clinton at Grist conference "we can't afford to fiddle as the world warms."
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