Sunday, December 16, 2007


I am not sure what turned the tide, but at the last minute, the United States agreed to join the consensus of emission reduction of 20-40% by 2020 at the Bali Environmental Summit. Still not enough but a step in the right direction. Attendees credit the delegate from Papua, New Guinea's saying to the US, "If you are not going to lead, get out of our way." It is the best environmental news since the Cayahooga River burned itself out.

For one of the best uses of metaphor I've come across in a long while in a very modern fairy tale check out Parlor Radicals by Adam Engel over at Tomas Paine's Journal.


Minx said...

A cause for a small, green celebration, Mr G&G. Whoo hoo!

We held our breath over here, especially when Bush is delivering little gems like this -

" We must do it in a way that does not undermine economic growth or prevent nations from delivering greater prosperity for their people."

- Goddess forbid that we should actually have to make some sacrifices, but it appears that sense was found from somewhere.
I hope that we can go forward from this and really make a difference - our Earth is at stake after all.

gregra&gar said...

Small steps, Minxy, small steps. May they toddle into a unified march to clean up our act. The sooner the better.

troutsky said...

Actually, the US only agreed to further negotiate emmission targets, not to any specific reduction.They were about to walk away from the table altogether. Getting them to agree to participate was like pulling teeth so I would hold off on celebration. The energy bill has increased CAFE standards but look at what was pulled.

Anonymous said...

Go Papua!

Princess Haiku said...

I hope that a period of rationality returns to the planet. BTW Thanks for the link.