Monday, September 05, 2005

Bush Lied, People Died...Again?

Once again, it has become painfully clear that (much to my dismay) I am apparently not a Progressive.

Why, you may ask?

Well, I just can’t seem to get my brain around the latest liberal talking point that the intensity, nay, the very existence of hurricane Katrina can be laid squarely at the feet of Pres. Bush’s derelict, dare we say, even criminally negligent environmental policies.

Which policies are those exactly? What has President Bush done in his five years as president that has so fundamentally altered the balance of natural forces as to cause the spinning together of devastating killer tropical storms? Better yet, can someone -- hopefully someone more progressive (and thus enlightened) than I -- explain how any single act or series of acts (or omissions) over such a geologically miniscule period of time can result in such significant climatological changes?

It’s not what he’s done, it’s what he has FAILED to do!” rises the shrill, anguished cry. “He won’t ratify Kyoto!

Aside from the fact that it is CONGRESS that ratifies treaties, and CONGRESS (Republicans AND Democrats) that has refused –TWICE -- to ratify the Kyoto protocols. And even if they HAD ratified back in 1997 when it was drafted, the goal was to reduce greenhouse gases by 2012. Let me get the calculator..hmmm..that appears to be 7 MORE YEARS FROM NOW. But I digress.

Yes, but he’s been in office for 5 years! Think of the progress we could have made!” Reminder: CONGRESS has to ratify the treaty, not the President.

Is it the radical leftist Progressive viewpoint that Bush should attempt to ram down our throats implement the Kyoto treaty by Executive Order, as Pres. Clinton attempted to do?

I don’t have the time or desire to spend stating and supporting the patently obvious point that the Kyoto Protocol is less about the environment, and more about the transfer of wealth and sovereignty, (in classic subversive socialist fashion) from the economically prosperous and politically self-determinant western republics to economically bankrupt, socially regressive and politically frangible third-world countries. Rather than encouraging pre-industrial societies to progress and become self-sufficient, it penalizes those who already are.

The way the wailing Bush-haters tell it, you’d think GW went around opening the floodgates on sewage plants and pulling the plugs out of toxic waste storage tanks. Five years of negligence and overt refusal to do anything to stop the downward spiral of the environment.

Never mind that the EPA already has incredibly restrictive standards on emissions and aggressive penalties for failure to comply. Never mind that many corporations are voluntarily converting or retrofitting equipment to burn cleaner, running hybrid vehicles as company cars, and dumping research money into alternative energy sources; research money that wouldn’t be available if the direct and indirect costs of Kyoto were brought to bear.

Suggesting that Pres Bush, in his relatively short tenure, is somehow responsible for radical climatic changes (that any thinking person would realize take decades to manifest) is not only willfully ignorant, but also socially irresponsible and morally reprehensible.

But then again, the Left seldom worries itself with logic; they don’t need reason for their reasons. Hate becomes its own means and end.