Bitch Slapping Al Gore
(Notice, I didn't use "nappy headed ho' bitch slapped", so it's an okay statement).
Al was complaining about the Canadian government's plan to reduce their current greenhouse emission by 20% by 2020; about 15% less than the Kyoto protocol would have them doing by 2012.
This ticked Gore off, and he made this statement (From the AP via the Washington Post):
"In my opinion, it is a complete and total fraud," Gore said Saturday. "It is designed to mislead the Canadian people."
Keep in mind this is "Carbon Offset Al", who spends more on electricity in a year than my wife earns, but buys carbon offsets so he can feel all warm and fuzzy, while he soaks in his Jacuzzi.
Canada's Environmental Minister John Baird wasn't buying what Al had to sell, and in a wonderful smack down, replied:
"The fact is our plan is vastly tougher than any measures introduced by the administration of which the former vice president was a member."
In fact, in case Al needs reminding, the Kyoto Protocol Treaty has never been presented to the US Senate (over which he presided in 1998 when it was drafted).
The Senate had already passed a binding resolution (S. 98) in 1997; by a vote of 95-0; denouncing what was coming in the Kyoto documents, which was a punitive treaty for the developed world, that left "developing countries", like China, and India with no need to comply or reduce their emissions. The Clinton administration wouldn't present it because it would have been politically humiliating, Bush won't because he knows it's economically crippling.
Ed Koch, former Mayor of New York, wrote a blistering rebuke of Gore's position before the 2004 elections, reminding him of his failure to get Kyoto rewritten to include developing nations, or to send it to the Senate.
Al, here's some advice. Before you tell Canada how to deal with emissions, turn down the temp on your pool by 7 or 8 degrees, drain the hot tub, and turn off some lights. Maybe even install a few more solar panels and wind mills on the property. Once you have your own house in order, then you can tell the Canucks how to run theirs.
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