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November 04, 2004

Holy Arse

This interview (audio) on today's Today programme on Radio 4 was just terrifying.

One of Bush's environmental advisers laid into the whole idea of global warming, kyoto, and the US's CO2 policy being an issue. When cornered, he said that only the US had independent scientists, that our Chief Scientist David King wasn't qualified to talk about climate change, and that Kyoto is just a way for businesses from countries that aren't as efficient as US ones to try and stifle the US.

This from a man who has only worked in politics and economics, and now runs a thinktank funded by ExxonMobil.

Read the discussion on the message boards or look at the emails sent in and weep.

Posted by Tom Dolan at November 4, 2004 10:51 PM

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i've strong distaste for bush and most of the baggage therein. HOWEVER, the kyoto treaty has nothing to do with its stated objectives so i wouldn't get too worried about who signs what. (having said that, i wish i wasn't on 44k dialup so i could hear this particular wonker wonk)
Bear in mind both New Scientist and The Economist reviewed the Kyoto Treaty carefully, lauded its goals, and both came down hard against any country signing it. They both came to the conclusion that it was scientifically broken and administratively/ technically fucked.
Which is doubly painful given the admirability of its original intention and the huge bandwagon popularity of it. It's SO HARD to get that level of popular buy-in, and to have it pissed against the wall on something pointless is heartbreaking.

Posted by: Saltation at November 10, 2004 11:46 PM

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