How Did Bush Do It?
Some weeks ago I said on Kudlow and Company on CNBC
that Obama wouldn't want to come back from Copenhagen in December 0 for 2, and that he'd probably sign on to anything to be able to say a "breakthrough" had been accomplished. Turns out the exceedingly weak non-binding "agreement" that the White House is trumpeting won't even by signed by the principals. Some agreement. All those carbon emissions in Copenhagen for this?
The whole exercise looks more and more like the Woody Allen joke about trying to find a framework to turn a concept into an idea. Now we're told there won't even be a real agreement next year as hoped; maybe 2016 instead. Stick a fork in this business; it's done. It is worse even than Churchill's line about disarmament--a "prolonged and solemn farce." I'd put it below the Kellogg-Briand pact of 1921
1928 that promised to outlaw war forever. How'd that work out for everybody?
I expect a theme to emerge from the greens in the coming days: It's really George W. Bush's fault. We lost so much time during his eight years that we couldn't possibly rescue the issue in just one year of Obama. This is desperation time. (Or it shows what a true evil genius Bush really was?--Ed.) Meanwhile, kudos to India and China, which wouldn't go along with this charade, though they'll happily take our money (which we'll borrow from them) if we indeed try to go through with this charade. They took the line from Apu on The Simpsons, telling us and the Eurocrats: "You are not the boss of me!"
UPDATE: I'll add updates as noteworthy things come in, but no matter how much US greens will try to spin the result, just refer them to this statement from John Sauven of Greenpeace UK: "The city of Copenhagen is a crime scene tonight, with the guilty men and women fleeing to the airport. There are no targets for carbon cuts and no agreement on a legally binding treaty. It is now evident that beating global warming will require a radically different mode of politics than the one on display here in Copenhagen." Yeah, John, we're all waiting with baited breath for that radical new mode of politics to arrive. How many times has it come and gone now? Oh, and what was that bit the last few years about "the reality-based community"?
8:02 PM / December 18, 2009