Friday, August 27, 2004

Bush the flip-flopper

Four years ago Bush thought 527 organizations were an essential part of free speech. Or at least that's his handlers told him to say...Thanks to Joshua Norton for pointing this out to me.

The Bush administration now admits that global warming exists. Of course, after four years of delay, things aren't getting any better for the environment.

As George Monbiot points out, there are severe consequences for ignoring climate change:

Climate change is a non-linear process, whose likely impacts cannot be totted up like the expenses for a works outing to the seaside. Even those outcomes we can predict are impossible to cost. We now know, for example, that the Himalayan glaciers which feed the Ganges, the Brahmaputra, the Mekong, the Yangtze and the other great Asian rivers are likely to disappear within 40 years. If these rivers dry up during the irrigation season, then the rice production which currently feeds over one third of humanity collapses, and the world goes into net food deficit.

We've also recently had Cheney differing from the Dubya on gay marriage.

Rove must be getting really nervous if he's trying to appeal to environmentalists and gays. Hopefully no one out there will be stupid enough to see these as anything but desparation tactics.

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