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Tuesday, July 05, 2005

Juxtaposition: Gaylord Nelson

Posted by: Hammer / 9:18 AM

Former U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson died Sunday:

Mr Nelson served three terms as a Democrat senator for Wisconsin, and won wide acclaim for Earth Day, a day of activism held every year on 22 April.

He was credited with helping establish environmental protection legislation in the US, and won a presidential medal of freedom from Bill Clinton in 1995.

President Bush refuses to take any realistic actions to curb global warming:

President George W Bush has ruled out US backing for any Kyoto-style deal on climate change at the G8 summit.

Speaking to British broadcaster ITV, he said he would instead be talking to fellow leaders about new technologies as a way of tackling global warming.

But he conceded that the issue was one "we've got to deal with" and said human activity was "to some extent" to blame.

See, Kyoto-style controls on Greenhouse emissions will "wreck" the U.S. economy, according to Bush (who is, admittedly, something of an expert on wrecking the U.S. economy). What Bush refuses to recognize is that global climate change will destroy property, lives, and economies:

Last week, for example, the Assn. of British Insurers, a trade group representing about 400 companies, predicted that the worldwide cost of major storms could rise by as much as two-thirds by 2080 because of global warming, raising average annual losses to $27 billion in current dollars.

Of course, everyone knows what tree-hugging nuts the chartered accountants with the Association of British Insurers are.


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