Wednesday, February 21, 2007

worst-case scenario

Before I go home: I was just pondering how utterly utterly hideously bad it was that Bush Jr. was elected ahead of Gore in 2000. I'm not assuming Gore would necessarily have been brilliant but he surely would have been immeasurably better than Bush. For one thing, he would've ratified the Kyoto Protocol and actually done something about climate change. This line of thought was prompted by the announcement yesterday by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). This from The Times:

It is the first time that the AAAS, which represents 262 societies and scientific academies, has published a statement of consensus on climate change. It was issued on Sunday during a conference where a series of studies added weight to the body of evidence of human impact on the climate and environment.

In the statement the association said: “The scientific evidence is clear: global climate change caused by human activities is occurring now, and it is a growing threat to society.

I know it's an old lament, but think what even a fraction of the billions of dollars wasted on Iraq could have done for climate change research and mitigation efforts. Or pick your worthy cause of choice.

If I was responsible for picking national leaders (if only...), picking Dubya would be absolutely completely the exact wrong choice. Shitloads of money spent on the wrong shit.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think the only justice of the election of dubya is that the state, Florida, that corruptly gave him the presidency will suffer badly from global warming.

Melbourne D

7:17 am  
Blogger secret wombat said...

Melb D, I was about to say that maybe that means there really is a god. But then i realised that the sort of people who ascribe coincidences to god are probably the sort of people who vote for dubya...and everything vanishes in a puff of logic again.

8:17 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I stopped voting long time ago, I don't even remember when I voted last. Both parties are picking very weak and highly unqualified candidates for presidency...that's why the voting procentages are so dismal. The recent "loss" of 12 billion dollars in Iraq shows again how corrupt and irresponsible the White House and the Congress are. They just don't's not their money. They got the credit card and we got to pay the bills. Enjoy voting for the lefties or the righties...what's the difference?

9:41 pm  
Blogger The Arctic Farmer said...

This guy would definitely have been my pick in 2000.

10:45 am  
Blogger Unknown said...

Don't be so sure. The Kyoto treaty was rejected by the Clinton White house too and his former economic advisors are still decrying it as too expensive and "Fatally flawed" (

Also, the idea that in 8 years Bush has made a significant impact on the environment positively or negatively is ludicrous. I don't care much for the man, but it has gotten a little ridiculous you have to admit. He is getting blamed for everything from hurricanes to the holocaust these days. I mean, he has done enough actual ignorant things, why bother with all this hyperbole.

In any event, even if you beleive the most hard core supporters of Kyoto, we are talking about ONE FREAKING DEGREE CELSIUS over a hundred years, and this is from the same weather models that can't tell you what the temperature will be in Chicago with any accuracy further as soon as next week.

Give me a break.

9:19 am  

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