Science/Environment

Powerline + Bush + Kyoto Alternative = Icky Partisan Love

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This is…oh, just read…

It must be very strange to be President Bush. A man of extraordinary vision and brilliance approaching to genius, he can’t get anyone to notice. He is like a great painter or musician who is ahead of his time, and who unveils one masterpiece after another to a reception that, when not bored, is hostile.

The post goes on to talk about Bush’s new substitute for the Kyoto Protocol, the Asia Pacific Partnership on Clean Development and Climate.

From The Sydney Morning Herald:

The American-led partnership is a challenge to the Kyoto Protocol, promising co-operation with developing countries and increased use of new technologies to reduce global warming.

The agreement – covering the United States, China, India, Australia, Japan and South Korea – set out a new agenda identifying mutual interest and commercial benefit as keys to a cleaner environment. The details will be negotiated at a meeting in Adelaide in November. The ministerial meeting was expected to set up a joint fund to finance projects aimed at cutting the emissions, the Industry Minister, Ian Macfarlane, said yesterday.

So what are these “plans” that Powerline is going ga-ga over?

  • Climate change agreement signed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by encouraging use of technology.
  • Agreement covers Australia, US, China, Japan, India and South Korea.
  • Members will contribute to a fund to finance clean technology projects.
  • Unlike Kyoto, it does not include specific targets for reducing harmful gases.

So while the plan could be promising, please…for the sake of me being able to eat tonight…let’s be realistic already Powerline. They haven’t even gotten to the most important part in negotiations…the details, which are going to be decided in November.

I’m all for increased cooperation, but given the Administration’s track record with foreign policy and the environment, forgive me if I’m taking a “wait-and-see” stance.