This is…oh, just read…

It must be very strange to be President Bush. A man of extraordinary vision and brilliance approaching to genius, he can’t get anyone to notice. He is like a great painter or musician who is ahead of his time, and who unveils one masterpiece after another to a reception that, when not bored, is hostile.

The post goes on to talk about Bush’s new substitute for the Kyoto Protocol, the Asia Pacific Partnership on Clean Development and Climate.

From The Sydney Morning Herald:

The American-led partnership is a challenge to the Kyoto Protocol, promising co-operation with developing countries and increased use of new technologies to reduce global warming.

The agreement – covering the United States, China, India, Australia, Japan and South Korea – set out a new agenda identifying mutual interest and commercial benefit as keys to a cleaner environment. The details will be negotiated at a meeting in Adelaide in November. The ministerial meeting was expected to set up a joint fund to finance projects aimed at cutting the emissions, the Industry Minister, Ian Macfarlane, said yesterday.

So what are these “plans” that Powerline is going ga-ga over?

  • Climate change agreement signed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by encouraging use of technology.
  • Agreement covers Australia, US, China, Japan, India and South Korea.
  • Members will contribute to a fund to finance clean technology projects.
  • Unlike Kyoto, it does not include specific targets for reducing harmful gases.

So while the plan could be promising, please…for the sake of me being able to eat tonight…let’s be realistic already Powerline. They haven’t even gotten to the most important part in negotiations…the details, which are going to be decided in November.

I’m all for increased cooperation, but given the Administration’s track record with foreign policy and the environment, forgive me if I’m taking a “wait-and-see” stance.

  • Icepick

    As someone who does think Bush’s abilities and vision are underestimated by most, I have to agree that this is pretty icky. Good lord, what will Wonkette say about all of this gushing?!

  • Bill

    Kyoto does not include China or India. Because of that no American government, Republican or Democrat, will ever sign on to it. Doing so would put American businesses and jobs at a disadvantage to two of our fastest growing rivals. This new pact offers the hope of a global environmental policy that we can endorse; because it will be an equal playing field (provided the Chinese don’t cheat). The European bureaucrats hate it because they were not involved in writing it, and it does not sufficiently punish America.

  • It’s not easy for me to admit this, but Bush might actually be something of a visionary on climate change policy. Ever heard of Methane to Markets? If you have, you’re one of the few who know of Bush’s climate change policy which is expected to be as effective as Kyoto.

  • Dare I way in on such topics but I’d like to note a clarification on this mater, in noting that the initiative was actually an Australian initiative, even if the SMH didn’t note it. Howard helped deliver US approval on his visit to Washington last week, and Australian Foreign Minister Alexander Downer was given the priviledge of announcing it to the world with US representatives in the background, because ,… well…Australia drove this, not the US, and lets be honest, its not as though the US is able to deliver the support of China on just about anything these days, is it?