Sen. Richard Lugar (R-IN) and Treasury Secretary Henry M. Paulson Jr. have a super-lame climate op-ed in the Washington Post today, “Bridging the Gap on Climate Change.” The article begins:
Despite the scientific consensus that climate change is occurring, there remain sharp political disagreements both here in the United States and around the world about how policymakers should respond. Nowhere is this gap more profound than between developed and developing countries.
As our vigorous domestic debate shows, there is disagreement within America about whether we should take strong steps to limit greenhouse gas emissions if fast-growing emitters in the developing world do not make similar commitments.
Well, yes, the conservatives who don’t want to take any action throw up a variety of obstacles — including the nonsensical claim that the richest country in the world that has contributed by far the most to the cumulative emissions in the atmosphere can’t take any action unless the poorest countries take action at the same time. This is especially nonsensical since Bush’s father together with the Senate unanimously in 1992 agreed that the rich countries should go first.
The rest of the piece is just blah, blah, blah about an international Clean Technology Fund “proposed by President Bush last September” — yes those six words are reason enough to stop reading any article on climate policy. The article ends:
It is one of the most significant efforts proposed in years to address the challenges of climate change.
Uhh, no. Not close. This is the kind of disingenuous disinformation that newspaper editors really need to clamp down on if the public is ever going to become informed about what is really going to take to avoid climate catastrophe.