United Nations: Bali BS Detector !!
Barry Artiste, Now Public Contributor
Gee, I think I have reported about this previously this many, many times. 15,000 people atteneding this conference in balmy Bali, one can only assume these attendees walked there from all over the world or took their hybrid cars, ships, and plane, not to mention staying with families and not pollution spewing luxury hotels. You see that would be putting your environmental committment where your diatribes come from.
Oh well, one can only assume Armchair Environmentalists not learned in the environmental game only pay attention if it's printed in mainstream media, junk scientists, or if Al Gore said it,(Al Gore by the way when in the Clinton administration as Vice President talked about it, but did absolutely nothing for the environment when in office and actually had the power to do something about it, but didn't because his chances for the bid for presidency would have been NIL) or perhaps some Armchair Envionmentalists prefer to get their environmental news if it is featured by a hybrid driving Celebrity dating another environmentally concious Celebrity living in their Gazillion square foot Mansion showing few practise what they preach in Supermarket Tabloids, resulting in Citizen Journalists reporting and believability going by the wayside. Ah, Hypocrisy rules, and not only by Politicians and Celebrities, but the Public as well.
Lorrie Goldstein Enterprises is pleased to announce the development of the Bali BS Detector for exclusive use at the United Nations Conference on Climate Change in Bali, Indonesia. Let's try it out, shall we?
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Item: Environment Minister John Baird says the United States and China must agree to binding greenhouse gas (GHG) emission cuts in the next global warming treaty, after Kyoto expires in 2012.
WARNING, WARNING, BS DETECTED: Baird, who has already admitted Canada won't meet its reduction targets under Kyoto, which comes into effect Jan. 1, is in no position to lecture other nations about agreeing to emission caps in the next treaty.
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Item: Liberal Leader Stephane Dion criticizes the environmental record of Prime Minister Stephen Harper's Conservative government.
WARNING, WARNING, BS DETECTED: This from the leader of the party that allowed Canada's GHG emissions to skyrocket during its 12 years in power from 1993 to 2005, despite promising to dramatically reduce them in the Liberal Red Book of 1993.
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Item: Speaking from Canada, former prime minister Jean Chretien blames Paul Martin and Harper for failing to reduce Canada's GHG emissions:
WARNING, WARNING, BS DETECTED: Reference Chretien's 1993 Red Book promise above, plus the fact Chretien was in charge of this file for 10 years, compared to two apiece for Martin and Harper.
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Item: Speaking from Canada, Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty criticizes Harper's Kyoto record.
WARNING, WARNING, BS DETECTED: McGuinty, who has failed to close Ontario's GHG-spewing coal-fired electricity generating stations, despite promising in 2003 they would be by now, is in no position to lecture anyone.
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Item: UN Climate Change chief Yvo de Boer accuses Canada of hypocrisy for demanding developing nations cut GHG emissions, when Canada hasn't cut its own.
WARNING, WARNING, BS DETECTED: Whatever Canada's acknowledged failings, de Boer knows full well that requiring the developing world to reduce GHG emissions was always supposed to be a part of the next global warming treaty after Kyoto, which is what the Bali conference is about.
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Item: Usual suspects accuse Baird and Harper of attempting to sabotage the Bali conference by arguing that unless the U.S. and China accept significant GHG emission cuts in the next global warming treaty after Kyoto, the fight against global warming will be lost.
WARNING, WARNING, BS DETECTED: On the same day everyone in Bali is bitching about Canada's position, global warming crusader Al Gore, accepting the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, makes exactly the same point as Baird and Harper, saying the U.S. and China, the world's two biggest GHG emitters, must dramatically cut their GHG emissions or "stand accountable before history for their failure to act."
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Item: The 15,000 people attending the Bali conference lecture the rest of us to reduce our GHG emissions.
WARNING, WARNING, BS DETECTED: You cannot credibly lecture ordinary citizens about reducing their GHG emissions at an 11-day UN conference held at a luxury resort on a vacation island paradise, which, by the time it ends tomorrow, will have generated GHG emissions equivalent to the annual output from a small African country.
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WARNING, WARNING, BS OVERLOAD, TOO MANY SIMULTANEOUS EMISSIONS FROM TOO MANY STEAMING PILES OF KYOTO BULL, SITUATION CRITICAL, MUST SHUT DOWN, MUST SHUT DOWN ... MMMMMMUSSSSSTTTT ... SSSSSHUTTTTTTT ... DDDOOOWWWWNNNN ... NNN ... NN ... N.