Monday, December 20, 2004

More talk, less action

Once again the United States wants to talk more about global warming. American negotiators at the Buenos Aires climate conference last week spoke as if they were from a difference planet. "Science tells us that we cannot say with any certainty what constitutes a dangerous level of warming, and therefore what level must be avoided," one U. S. negotiator crowed. Science also cannot tell us with any certainty if or when we will have a car crash, but that hardly makes it prudent to drive 100 mph down a residential street.

The Americans would only agree to more talks and then insisted that no transcript or report be issued from such talks. After all, a report might call for action.

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