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Stance' in Bali
course, Bush was bought and paid for by the time he was elected President in
2000 … when it comes to the Bush Administration, the word 'moral' is one that
doesn't exist in its vocabulary."
December 14, 2007
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United States has the world's largest economy, the world's mightiest military
and the world's largest media machine. It is also the world's largest emitter
of greenhouse gases. And now, it's the world's greatest impediment to reaching
agreements on stemming the increasingly frightening decline of the world's
coming out of the U.N. climate conference in Bali are disturbing, to say the
least WATCH . Former U.S. Vice President
Al Gore, fresh from his visit to Sweden to accept the Nobel Prize for his work
on the environment, stated categorically in a speech delivered to delegates
that, "My own country, the United States, is principally responsible for
obstructing progress here in Bali WATCH ."
the European Union is threatening to pull out of U.S.-
sponsored climate change talks unless the Bush Administration agrees to
specific emissions targets, something it currently refuses to do. Such targets,
the Bush minions say, would necessarily limit the scope of future talks and,
incidentally, wreak havoc on the U.S. economy.
Of course, Bush was bought and paid for by the time he was elected
President in 2000, and the secret meeting his Vice President, Dick Cheney, held
with U.S. energy moguls at the start of the Bush presidency was further proof
that profits - not the health of the planet - are the main focus of this
Bush Administration has been clueless on virtually every issue the country and
the wider world have faced over the past seven years. From Iraq to stem cell
research to health care to the environment, George Bush has shown the
sensitivity and insight that only a person who has lived his life in affluent
isolation could. In other words, he has the capacity for neither.
problem here is that personal wealth will do little to save anyone from what
could be a true environmental disaster lurking just around the corner.
while it is true, as the U.S. maintains, that major polluters India and China must
also join in the effort to slow global warming by limiting greenhouse gas
emissions, it should be the United States, that greatest of all industrialized
nations that has led the world in so many fields, that takes the lead.
lost all of its moral authority since the wholly unjustifiable invasion of Iraq
and the denial of the very principles that once made it a great nation, America
now has a chance to reassert its moral authority by taking the lead in
protecting the environment.
when it comes to the Bush Administration, the word "moral" is one
that doesn't exist in its vocabulary.