Saturday, July 12, 2008

Hello from the world's biggest polluter.

The Independent reports:

"President George Bush signed off with a defiant farewell over his refusal to accept global climate change targets at his last G8 summit. As he prepared to fly out from Japan, he told his fellow leaders: 'Goodbye from the world's biggest polluter.'

His remarks were taken as a two-fingered salute from the President from Texas who is wedded to the oil industry. He had given some ground at the summit by saying he would 'seriously consider' a 50 per cent cut in carbon emissions by 2050.'"

Of course, he said that before he made his little "joke."

In case the Europeans still have any illusions about where W. stands on Global Warming, AP reports:

"President Bush on Saturday tried to pin the blame on Congress for soaring energy prices and said lawmakers need to lift long-standing restrictions on drilling for oil in pristine lands and offshore tracts believed to hold huge reserves of fuel.

'It's time for members of Congress to address the pain that high gas prices are causing our citizens," the president said. 'Every extra dollar that American families spend because of high gas prices is one less dollar they can use to put food on the table or send a child to college.'" [I'm sure he really meant one less dollar they can use to put food on their families.]

Drill, drill, drill, that's all he's got. The Democrats in Congress, on the other hand, are surely fighting tooth and nail to save our pristine land and offshore tracts, right?

Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., said in the Democrats' radio address, "Democrats support more drilling. In fact, what the president hasn't told you is that the oil companies are already sitting on 68 million acres of federal lands with the potential to nearly double U.S. oil production. That is why in the coming days congressional Democrats will vote on 'Use It or Lose It' legislation requiring the big oil companies to develop these resources or lose their leases to someone else who will."

Wow, I'm speechless. Is there anything these dems won't roll over on? The FISA law was just unforgivable -- they not only handed over the Bill of Rights to W. to shred, but they actually bought the shredder and then put the constitution in themselves -- but this is just mind boggling!

But, it's not about principles or preserving our national lands and shorelines for future American generations, it's all about the polls.


"Nearly half the people surveyed by the Pew Research Center in late June said they now consider energy exploration and drilling more important than conservation, compared with a little over a third who felt that way only five months ago."

These are the same people, presumably, who forgot about the 70's and then went out and bought the biggest Hummers they could fine, because oil would always be plentiful and cheap. Wasn't that what the Iraq war was all about? Get an oil guy into the White House and then we can get away with driving around in tanks that get five miles to the gallon forever!

So, go ahead and kowtow to the masses and the lame duck president who gets everything he wants, no matter how outrageous. Just follow the polls democrats, that's the way to victory.

I just mention this in passing; a new Rasmussen poll finds:

"The percentage of voters who give Congress good or excellent ratings has fallen to single digits for the first time in Rasmussen Reports tracking history. This month, just 9% say Congress is doing a good or excellent job. Most voters (52%) say Congress is doing a poor job, which ties the record high in that dubious category. Last month, 11% of voters gave the legislature good or excellent ratings. Congress has not received higher than a 15% approval rating since the beginning of 2008."

You know, I voted for Van Hollen (and I still get his mail) even though I thought Connie Morella was the better candidate for my district. I'm sure all the folks in the People's Republic of Takoma Park who voted for him, just because of that "d" next to his name, will be thinking twice next time.

Next thing you know, W. will be advocating drilling on the National Mall and Van Hollen & Co. will be falling over each other to be the first in line to get their pictures taken next to the derrick in front of the newly renamed Lincoln Memorial: "The Reagan, Exxon-Mobil Memorial."


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