Stop me if you’ve heard this one. A polar bear walks into a bar and says, “When are you going to take action on global warming?”
The bartender, President Bush, says, “If you wait until the very end of my term, maybe we’ll set a goal for 2050. By the way, we don’t get many polar bears in here.”
The bear says, “And with these policies, you won’t be getting many more!” [Ba-dum-bum-CHING! Rimshot -- okay, technically a "sting" for all you Wikipedia nerds!]
So my proposal is this: By the end of next year [translation, when I am almost outta here], America and other nations will set a long-term [translation, when we are all long dead] global goal for reducing greenhouse gases.
Ever the straight man, he said, “It’s important to ensure that we get results….” And finally, he said,
Last week, the Department of Energy announced that in 2006, our carbon emissions decreased by 1.3 percent while our economy grew by 3.3 percent. This experience shows that a strong and growing economy can deliver both a better life for its people and a cleaner environment at the same time.
He coyly only took implicit, not explicit, credit for this, but either way it is bunk or dumb luck, take your pick.
The Center for American Progress’s Dan Weiss has more comments on Bush’s do nothing policies here.
UPDATE: For a recent post on the “stunning” loss of Arctic sea ice, go here.