As readers of this blog probably know, nations of the world are currently meeting in Montreal to discuss climate change, the Kyoto Protocol, and what to do about the global problem when the largest emitter in the world, the U.S., refuses to act.
"You are watching 163 nations do an elaborate dance to try to make progress when the United States is sitting in the middle of the road trying to obstruct," said Alden Meyer to the NYTimes.
"It’s getting to be like Charlie Brown with Lucy holding that football," he said. "Every time, at the last minute, the U.S. pulls it away."
The story by Andrew Revkin mentions that the Bush administration choose this moment to announce a deal with coal companies that has been in the works for two years. The plan is to build a plant called Futurgen that will, it is hoped, produce power by burning coal, with zero emissions. The trial plant will require a billion dollars and ten years. Perhaps it will work, but–as The Onion points out–it’s not going to make a difference for us. They quote the Prez:
"Our mission is clear," Bush said in a speech delivered at Fort Bragg in North Carolina. "We must free ourselves from dependence on fossil fuels within 85 generations. A cleaner, safer America is my vision. And it is our great, great—great-times-80 grandchildren who will realize that vision."