Thursday, December 13, 2007

US Strategy Succeeds In Creating International Climate Impasse

Two Washington Post headlines tell quite a tale all by themselves (but I'll give you some excerpts from the articles, too):

Impasse Deepens at International Climate Talks
Throughout a week of negotiations on the island of Bali, Bush administration officials have steadily resisted a United Nations proposal calling on industrialized countries to accept a goal of reducing their greenhouse gas emissions by 25 to 40 percent by 2020. In retaliation, several European officials said they may not attend the next installment of the White House-sponsored "major economies meeting" on global warming, which is set to resume next month in Honolulu.
U.S. Strategy Succeeds in Bali
U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon conceded Wednesday that the United States had succeeded in achieving one of its key objectives at the climate conference here, blocking a proposal that called on industrialized nations to cut their greenhouse gas emissions by 25 to 40 percent by 2020.
The message is clear:

Who cares if it's a disaster for the world's future? It's a success for US strategy!

It seems to me I've heard that one before.