A month ago, I coined the term "envoy of disappointment" to described Todd Stern, who had been chosen to become the State Department's roving ambassador on climate change, a new position created by the Obama administration. The label reflected the reality that the U.S. will remain unwilling to put its economy at a competitive disadvantage by signing an international treaty to fight the supposed threat of climate change*, no matter what kind of "hope" and "change" Obama brings to Washington.
Recent evidence suggests I was right.
Obama is a scant 5 weeks into his Presidency, and already the backtracking on climate change has begun. According to Russel Gold at the Wall Street Journal's Environmental Capital,
Mr. Stern said the road map of greenhouse-gas emission reductions laid out at a 2007 summit in Bali was simply too ambitious. "We need to be very mindful of what the dictates of science are, and of the art of the possible," he said. The Bali targets - a 25% to 40% cut by industrialized nations by 2020 - were simply too ambitious. "It's not possible to get that kind of number. It's not going to happen," he said.
*It hasn't warmed in 7 years. Al Gore, hypocrite alarmist, says that "there is one relationship that is more powerful than all the others and it is this: When there is more carbon dioxide, the temperature gets warmer." Well, emissions keep going up, yet temperatures stay the same. Where's the warming, Al?