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May 22, 2003

Making Jimmy Watt Look Good

Christine Todd Whitman talks about George Bush's policies on global warming and carbon dioxide emissions.

Whitman, who said her decision to leave was for personal reasons, voiced frustration over how the United States pulled out of the international Kyoto treaty on global warming and said an about-turn on cutting carbon dioxide emissions had also harmed Bush's image at home and abroad.

"I think the two combined have hurt him unfairly. I think there's a very good case for both," Whitman said in an interview with NBC's "Today" show.

In the initial context of the story, it appears as if Whitman is claiming that there are good cases to be made for global warming and cutting carbon dioxide emissions. If so, then their impact on the Bush administration cannot possibly be described as "unfair." Quite the opposite, in fact.

But in fact it appears that she is saying that there is a good case to be made for the administration's decisions on those matters, and the unfairness of it all is in the world's reaction to that case, even though neither she nor the administration even attempted to make it.

"We should have laid out the fact that we weren't walking away from a commitment to addressing climate change because the administration is not. We are doing an awful lot that most people don't know about," Whitman said.

"Instead we just sort of said, 'We are not doing Kyoto,' and didn't say anything else. So to the Europeans it looked like we didn't care about the issue."
.......
Another disappointment, said Whitman, was the reversal of a promise by Bush during his presidential campaign to cut carbon dioxide emissions. "It caught me by surprise, that one," she said.

Whitman said the reversal was based on the fact that Bush realized a "hard carbon cap" would have caused a shift to more oil and gas usage and resulted in either more oil imports or greater exploitation.

And we all know that there's nothing George W. hates more that a possible shift to more oil and gas usage.

If there's no case to be made in favor of the Bush administration's environmental policies, then the world's reaction to them can hardly be described as unfair. If there is a case to be made, yet it is not made, then "unfair" is still not the correct descriptive term.

The correct term is "inept", and it should be used often, especially when describing Ms. Whitman's two years in office.

Posted by Bigwig at May 22, 2003 01:36 PM | TrackBack
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