Saturday, February 03, 2007

smile if you're happy...

as exxon and shell execs and shareholders enjoy shamefully record profits at the expense of the planet, did you know that your nation's leader is about to
ask lawmakers to cut more than $70 billion from medicare and medicaid in the next five years?

yep. this is the white house's great idea on how best to balance the budget by 2012.

and good news in the united states'position with regard to climate change..(no, not really)

from the new york times:

The Bush administration, which until recently avoided directly accepting that humans were warming the planet in potentially harmful ways, embraced the findings, which had been approved by representatives from the United States and 112 other countries on Thursday night.

Administration officials asserted Friday that the United States had played a leading role in studying and combating climate change, (what, by refusing to sign the kyoto protocol, or adopt any enforced reductions in emissions, you mean?) in part by an investment of an average of almost $5 billion a year for the past six years in research and tax incentives for new technologies. (that's really working out so well for the planet, isn't it?)

At the same time, Secretary of Energy Samuel Bodman rejected the idea of unilateral limits on emissions. (to do so would be ridiculous...) “We are a small contributor to the overall,(we're the world's largest polluter) when you look at the rest of the world, so it’s really got to be a global solution,” he said. (i really would like just to punch his lights out)

The United States, with about 5 percent of the world’s population, contributes about a quarter of greenhouse gas emissions, more than any other country.(doesn't that completely contradict what the secretary of energy said? - see above comment)

we have a saying back home that so aptly applies to this psychotic:

"i wouldn't cross the road to piss on him if he were on fire"

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