Monday, June 25, 2007

Gore blames scientists

Scientists were too slow to reach today's deafening consensus. And Albert Gore. Jr. now blames them, it appears. And did you know that Albert Gore, Jr. made global warming his "principal [sic] agenda for eight years in the White House"? You didn't know that? Because there was no evidence of it. Did Clinton-Gore ask the US Senate to ratify the Kyoto Treaty? No. That's Albert Gore, Jr. leadership. It's leadership by powerpoint presentation years later rewriting history.
During his tenure as vice president, America's carbon dioxide emissions shot up far faster than at any time in modern history - by 15 per cent, compared to just 1.65 per cent during President Bush's first term. - Independent UK
Can Gore make one true statement about President Bush? No evidence here:
Mr Gore accuses his nemesis, President George Bush, of having taken "virtually no steps to address the problem. Worse, he and Vice President Cheney have led the nation in precisely the wrong direction."
Not true. Bush did not promise to lower the US's carbon dioxide emissions - a promise he knew could not be kept - but did start a program to bury CO2 in 2004. NPR reports.
In a Wyoming oil field, researchers funded by the U.S. Department of Energy are experimenting with injecting carbon dioxide underground to keep it from entering the atmosphere, where it contributes to global warming.
Furthermore, The countries that did promise to cut CO2 levels have not kept their promises. Volokh blog reports:
Despite American inaction on climate change, emissions dropped in 2006. The AP reports:
The department's Energy Information Administration said Wednesday that preliminary data shows a 1.3 percent decline in the amount of heat-trapping carbon dioxide released in 2006 from energy-related sources, the first decline in 11 years and the biggest decline since 1990. . . . Whether the decline of 78 million metric tons was an anomaly, or an indicator of something more, was unclear. The Energy Department report said one reason for the decline was that 2006 had "weather conditions favorable for emission reductions." . . .
Meanwhile, carbon dioxide emissions increased in the E.U., in part because European governments allocated excess emission credits due to industry pressure. The Guardian reports:
In 2006, industry emitted about 30m tonnes less than permitted. German emissions rose 0.6% while overall EU emissions went up by 1%-1.5% because of resumed growth in the eurozone.
The US talked small and got big results. Europe talked big and got small results. Blame Bush for getting results instead of talking.

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