Bush on global warming: burn, baby, burn

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On the issue of global warming, the U.S. has become an internationally reviled outlaw.

On June 1, the European Union ratified the Kyoto Protocol to reduce “greenhouse gasses,” such as carbon dioxide, known to cause climate change. The treaty gives industrialized nations ten years to reduce their emissions to five percent below 1990 levels. Scientists say a cut of at least 50 percent is needed to effect change. Still, though the treaty is weak, it’s a step. Sixty-nine countries have endorsed it, and Russia and Japan are expected to join them soon.

Digging in its heels is the U.S., the worst polluter, belching out 26 percent of these gasses with just four percent of the world’s population. Canada and Australia are also holding back, claiming that they are waiting for the U.S. to sign.

While the biggest offenders delay, the worst predictions about global warming are coming to pass, and the ill effects are falling disproportionately on the poorest peoples and nations. Melting polar ice caps, rising sea levels, increased epidemics of malaria and dengue fever, species decline, and heat waves are among the distressing symptoms of the crisis of Mother Earth.

In response, George W. Bush tells the world to “adapt.” He is enabled by Democrats and Republicans in the U.S. Congress, who refused to ratify the Kyoto Protocol after it was first drawn up in 1997. To their insanity, the only sane answer is mass, militant protest.

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