Debra Saunders asks a simple question: do global warming supporters really believe in results?
If you really believe that the planet is at the tipping point on global warming and the consequences will be fatal for people around the world, especially the poor, then all industrialized nations need to curb their greenhouse gas emissions. If the United States must sacrifice, so must China, which is fast emerging as the largest producer of industrial greenhouse gases on Earth.
Yet U.N. Secretary Ban ki-Moon, in a breakfast meeting with the San Francisco Chronicle editorial board Friday, suggested that industrialized nations — read the United States — have a "historical responsibility" to cut emissions, which are "almost to the saturation point," while China and India, two superpowers that were not bound to reduce emissions as part of the 1997 Kyoto global warming pact, "have their own positions."….
….."Given the emissions growth rate of China, if the United States drops its emissions 25 percent over the next 20 years, it simply won't be noticed," Cato's Michaels noted. "Everyone who's looked at this knows that." Everyone, perhaps except the U.N. secretary-general.
Greenhouse gases will have the same effect, whether they emanate from San Francisco or Shanghai. But politics, not science, keeps the focus on Bush, not Beijing.
Saunders' point is that it simply does not matter what the US does if China does nothing but increase emissions. If the true believers really believed they would demand China change. But this really is more about faith than science anyway.
Besides, as I have been pointing out – repeatedly – there are definite results coming from the actions of the true believers in the most holy church of Gore. For example, there's the eradication of the orangutans. There is the total destruction of rainforest and displacement of native peoples. There's the wholesale murder of the poor in land grabs to grow more palm oil. There are skyrocketing food prices and soon there will be a shortage of food to export to the poorer countries. There are scads of results! It has simply never been easier to rape the planet. All you have to do is pay lip service to Pope Goreus I, say you're doing it to save the planet and you are good to go. There are results all right.