Well, now its come down to it, hasnt it?
Over the weekend while the Senate worked on healthcare, they apparently took a few minutes to talk about climate change. Senator Inhofe, unsurprisingly, said encouragingly that any promises President Obama makes in Copenhagen need to be ratified by the Senate, which he assures will not happen. His opponent, Senator Markey, believes that the President will get the needed votes to ratify Copenhagen; Inhofe doubts this is the case when the discussion points in Copenhagen are so ridiculously vague.
Inhofe is correct on both points: the Senate, as well as the American people, has begun to show a lack of patience regarding nuance and concept. And with 2010 being a very important year for many Senate jobs, candidates on both sides of the aisle will be smart to listen to the people again. Specifics on Copenhagen need to be provided, and there has been no sign of that so far. And no matter what the President says or thinks, he still needs any binding international agreements approved.
And while all that was happening here at home, more was happening in Copenhagen. You already know about the protests which exposed how ugly the discussion has gotten. But more recently, problems are happening inside the room.
Like the fact that 20% of the attendees are not convinced there is an environmental crisis happening.
And even more freshly, a large number of African nations stormed out of the Copenhagen talks in protest, saying that the current plans by the bigger world powers are killing the Kyoto Protocol.
Why is that bad? Because Kyoto demanded steeper emissions cuts. And because Copenhagen is trying to link emission cuts to financial aid to developing nations, it means this: smaller cuts means less American wealth gets transferred from US taxpayers to African despots.
If theres one thing the Left hates more than the Conservatives, its each other. Sigh.
Божію Поспѣшествующею Милостію Мы, Дима Грозный Императоръ и Самодержецъ Всероссiйскiй, цѣсарь Московскiй. The Czar was born in the steppes of Russia in 1267, and was cheated out of total control of all Russia upon the death of Boris Mikhailovich, who replaced Alexander Yaroslav Nevsky in 1263. However, in 1283, our Czar was passed over due to a clerical error and the rule of all Russia went to his second cousin Daniil (Даниил Александрович), whom Czar still resents. As a half-hearted apology, the Czar was awarded control over Muscovy, inconveniently located 5,000 miles away just outside Chicago. He now spends his time seething about this and writing about other stuff that bothers him.