"If the misery of the poor be caused not by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin."
- Charles Darwin

Sep 24, 2007

Adding Fuel to the Fire

Bush is skipping UN forum on global climate change

Burn, baby burn!

The New York Times is reporting that the leader of the nation contributing the most to global warming won't even bother attending a meeting today at the United Nations. Instead he's going to create an alternate meeting later this week where polluters can decide for themselves how much they should reduce their CO2 emissions.

Bush's chief environmental adviser, James L. Connaughton (a former industry hatchet man for General Electric and ARCO), stated that:

“It’s our philosophy that each nation has the sovereign capacity to decide for itself what its own portfolio of policies should be.”

Perfect, a representative of the oil and electricity industries deciding on climate change policy. While we're at it let's allow the lumber industry to decide on the rules for deforestation and the mining industry to regulate Superfund cleanups. Oh wait, they already do.

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