12-121-07 by dugan
We can’t be surprised that the White House has vetoed any targets for cooling the "fever of the Earth" (Al Gore’s phrase) at the global climate meeting in Bali, Indonesia.
The pathetically low-level delegation that the Bush administration sent to the meeting signaled that no one with a reputation independent of the Oval Office cared to be associated with the outcome. The delegation’s power was limited to ordering from room service at the conference hotel.
Instead of a full-fledged cabinet official, the U.S. sent the head of the White House Council on Environmental Quality to the core "Ministers" meeting of the session. Some may recall that the same Council’s chief of staff was caught editing out any alarming phrases about global warmng from official reports and documents.
The delegation was led by the State Department’s equivalent of a chief PR executive, Undersecretary for Democracy and Global Affairs Paula Dobriansky. The undersecretary’s own State Department biography contains not one word about science or the environment.
These folks came with a script and stuck to it, even as Australia–the last other developed-world nation refusing to set targets for emission reduction–switched sides. OilWatchdog hopes the White House crew had a pleasant winter vacation, since there wasn’t any other reason for all the carbon emissions they spent getting to Bali.