January 22, 2007
Bush’s New Stance Have a Snowball’s Chance?
Snow at this time of the year is a beautiful
and inspiring phenomenon of nature. Unless, like me, you live in the
Valley of the Sun, where it is strange and a little scary. Yet, we were
all very excited as the evening news showed a close up of a flake
hitting the ground in Peoria in slow motion like a Super Bowl power
fact, we got so excited about a snowflake making it in Phoenix, that we
almost ignored another event that had a snowball’s chance in hell –
President Bush’s readiness to publicly acknowledge global warming.
time political advisers agreed that hell would freeze over before the
leader of the Republican Party admitted that maybe, just maybe, Al
Gore’s “Inconvenient Truth” was more than a showcase of the Democrat’s
superiority in using a laser pointer.
climate of hell is complicated (something to do with what ring you are
in), but it did hail in Scottsdale, so close enough. The president is
expected to address global warming in his State of the Union address
liberals everywhere are having a “Hah! Told you so!” moment, the
possible implications of Bush’s sudden change in attitude are worth
one thing, the sheer shock value of the announcement is a good
distraction from the other global crisis. If the president is more
willing to admit that global climate change is underway, he grants that
what liberal politicians and activists (not to mention scientists of all
political persuasion) have been saying all along is right.
even after an embarrassing mid-term election, you’re willing to face the
Congress, your constituents and the world and concede that your
opposition is correct, you must be pretty desperate.
taking interest in global warming, the GOP is shifting the emphasis from
the immediate future and placing it on long-term goals, thus buying
time. It will be years before any of the discussion ever turns into
plans and years after that to implement any of them.
one will be able to say that they’re not doing anything, the lengthy
duration is just a part of the intricate process after all.
importantly, this may be an attempt of the Republican Party to take away
the Democrats’ monopoly on the subject, depriving the left wing of one
of its most powerful trump cards.
Republicans unveil any tentative plans that address global warming, they
will undoubtedly be business friendly. The Democrats have worked hard to
convince corporations to willingly employ environmentally friendly
GOP has watched and learned from the successes and mistakes of the left.
When they unveil their plans for dealing with global warming, they are
sure to be designed to take the money and influence of business with
surprising, this change in direction from the Bush administration is the
calm before the storm. If the Democrats don’t play their cards right,
the forecast for both the environment and the next elections looks
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