Well, it turns out that President Bush’s approach to an international global warming agreement was too ambitious and, according to the Obama administration, “not going to happen.” Aw, shucks.
But, surely you’ve already heard this on the news and read of such a decision — with consequences so great as to be a matter of planetary survival — in the august pages of WaPo and the Grey Lady, no?
I’m kidding, of course, as things aren’t quite what they seem. And, besides, we know the greens and their media pals won’t get too worked up about this, given that it wasn’t really all that important to begin with. I mean, they hardly threw garlands at the guy.
One other explanation could be a raging double-standard, like that applied when, say, neither the Clinton-Gore nor Bush administrations asked the Senate to ratify the signed Kyoto Protocol (there is nothing in the Constitution or statute requiring such a request, by the way, but it is of course that gesture/matter of protocol on which the greens fixated at least when it came to one of those fellows, so we shall here, too). One was deeply caring and responsible and the other burned in effigy.
The global governance crowd aren’t giving up, of course, just letting Team Obama find their own path to the mutually agreed end. As I have written in other quarters, UN officials have admitted as much, and that the guy therefore needs a break and some room to operate. Let’s watch and, even better, join the fun.
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