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So good of Obama, after trying until a month or so ago to ignore and diminish the importance of this conference as it did not fit well into his administration's domestic US legislative agenda, to deign to attend on the last day and put in a solid 13 hours of effort trying to get everyone to just get along and agree on something. He might as well have sent Rodney King.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Fri Dec 18th, 2009 at 07:38:53 PM EST
You know what they say about war and foreign policy speeches...

Sen. George Voinovich (R-Ohio): "The president has painted a very nice picture, but as I have said time and time before, the devil is in the details. I am very concerned that developing countries like China, India and Brazil are simply giving the idea of international participation lip-service."

Hal Lewis, professor at UC Santa Barbara: "Since the word "workable" is in the question, the answer is no, but that word is in the eye of the beholder. I find it appalling that Obama, a supposedly intelligent man, allows himself to be suckered by his Science Advisor, and has apparently never heard that most of the so-called science behind the global warming frenzy is fraudulent. I'll bet that no one has told Obama of ClimateGate."

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.): "The President delivered a firm statement of America's willingness to make commitments on policy and funding, and he correctly insisted that other nations must make commitments to ensure accountability."

Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.): "The emissions reductions he has talked about are what you would find in Markey's bill, and that isn't going to happen. Of course that bill is dead, it will never even be brought up again."

David Ridenour, VP, National Center for Public Policy Research:"We are exposing the hypocrisy by offering them 'hypocrisy offsets' to alleviate their green guilt. As one who is skeptical of the necessity of draconian carbon cuts, I plan to do my part to ensure plenty of hypocrisy offsets are available.  I'll refrain from reducing my own personal carbon footprint."

in other news...

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri Dec 18th, 2009 at 11:04:30 PM EST
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