A Dazzling Display of America's 'Can't Do' Spirit

Wed, 2008-06-04 07:19Ross Gelbspan
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A Dazzling Display of America's 'Can't Do' Spirit

The United States will tell a July meeting of the Group of Eight rich nations that it cannot meet big cuts in emissions of planet-warming gases by 2020, its chief climate negotiator Harlan Watson said. “It's frankly not do-able for us,” he said, referring to a goal for rich countries to curb greenhouse gases by 25-40 percent by 2020 compared to 1990 levels.

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For a change, the Bush administration is actually borrowing a page of the Harper government’s playbook, instead of the usual way around.

Remember when Harper and his Harpies announced that Canada could not meet its Kyoto requirements - thus using this as an excuse to dump the treaty?

Ah yes - good times. Good times indeed …

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The phrase “clean coal” has about as much merit as saying “sanitary sewage,” but that hasn’t stopped the industry and pro-coal talking heads from repeating that phrase ad nauseum to the American public.

The Orwellian industry buzzphrase was so successful that the Obama administration, as part of the 2009 stimulus package, pledged more than $1 billion to create the largest carbon-capturing system known as FutureGen 2.0. The...

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