March 16, 2006

The Neville Chamberlain of Global Warming?

From GOAT - A High Country News Blog:
According to a poll by the Civil Society Institute and, a plurality of Americans want the federal government to do more about climate change, and given the absence of federal leadership, they support local initiatives to do the same. (Link to survey results .pdf)
More and more, I'm thinking the Bush administration will be seen as the Neville Chamberlain of global warming -- the folks who turned their eyes away from a real and increasing danger and who dithered in the face of an implacable foe. That the Bush administration seems to do it for the profit of campaign donors makes it even more squalid. Chamberlain was a dope, but even if history looks unkindly on him at least he wasn't on the Nazi payroll.
This is a good metaphor for this administration, but it's actually worse than it suggests. The Bush administration, rather than an ineffective dope, is more like a warming-sympathizer. They are not failing in an ineffectual struggle against global warming, they've actively pushed against efforts to control warming.

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