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Climate Change: World Must Ratchet Up Pressure on Obama (Le Figaro, France)

“Future news from September, 2012: After eight infuriated, highly-armed polar bears seize the U.N. General Assembly, the world suddenly realizes it confronts a new form of terrorism.”

As the climate Change Summit in Copenhagen draws ever closer, pessimism is growing over whether the biggest gas emitters will take action to stop what most scientists assure us will be a catastrophe. And in the minds of a majority if not most people outside the United States, it is our nation, even under Obama, that is the greatest stumbling block to progress.

So what’s to be done? According to Le Figaro’s chief editorial writer, Pierre Rousselin, the world must take advantage of Obama’s unprecedented election and pile on as much pressure as it can – to persuade Obama and America to match words with deeds.

For Le Figaro, Pierre Rousselin writes in part:

“With three months until the Copenhagen summit, the pressure is mounting. Despite the expectations Obama has raised, the United States may well be the major obstacle to a treaty to replace the Kyoto Protocol, which expires at the end of 2012. … The American Senate is in no hurry to pass a bill to reduce CO2 emissions that was approved by the House of Representatives. The Republicans are united against it and the Democrats are badly divided. The fight against global warming is paying the price due to the backlog over health care reform. In the absence of a vote by Congress, Obama will find himself in Copenhagen without a mandate for negotiation. … The pressure has to rise further as the deadline to Copenhagen approaches. This turning point in the United States, so long-awaited, must be converted in terms of international commitments.”

EDITORIAL By Pierre Rousselin

Translated By Juliet Fox

September 24, 2009

France – Le Figaro – Original Article (French)

On climate change, as on everything else, Barack Obama is a formidable orator. At the U.N. on Tuesday, there was no better advocate in the fight against global warming. Once again, his argument was to emphasize the contrast with the preceding Administration. “I am proud to say that the United States has done more to promote clean energy and reduce carbon pollution in the last eight months than at any other time in our history.” Certainly. But the world is waiting for action.

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  • Leonidas

    Hey Polar Ursines have the right to Bear Arms too! =P

  • Father_Time

    We are destroying the earth.

    By the arguments against environmental laws in Washington and heard over conservative media outlets, free and unhindered business is more important than the survival of life on the only known place that life exists. Unfortunately the universe does require our existence and could care less whether we survive or not. So it’s up to us to survive on our own. We can, but we won’t. That is our middle finger to the universe.

    • JeffersonDavis

      I know you will find this hard to believe, but I totally disagree with your assertion.

      I was actually a liberal like you. I went to college with high ideals and a left of center ideology.

      During my studies within my major of Geography, I decided to focus my studies on Meteorology and Climatology. It was during that time I came face to face with the flawed assumptions being set forth within the environmental movement. I saw professors blackballed or gagged and many other things that struck me as injust.

      Real science points toward a solar/terroidal climate cycle. It ebbs and subsides in a predictable pattern that coincides with Earth’s non-circular solar orbit, and with the 11/22 year solar cycle. When these two items converge, the climate reacts accordingly in a predictable cycle – one that gets ignored by the left.

      I know you’ve heard this argument before, and don’t believe it. I didn’t think I could change your mind.

      To think that we, and we alone, control our climate is arrogant and narcissistic.

      • Father_Time

        Well Thank God that the scientists of the world have not stopped thinking like you.

        • JeffersonDavis

          Unlike you, I’ve done the research.
          You just take your kool aid like a good little boy. Believe whatever your political system tells you. Let me know where that kind of ignorance gets you.

          The “scientists” that you refer to are split in their opinions. The ones that agree with the political proponents get funded and tenure. The ones that do not get nothing.

          Science: the search for truth in the universe (as long as it agrees with the political beliefs of the left)

          • Father_Time

            NSF disagrees with you.
            NCAR disagrees with you.
            NOAA disagrees with you.
            NRL disagrees with you.
            NASA disagrees with you.

            I could go on, but these science bodies are enough to dispute any supposed “split” decision that does not exist.

            Global warming is real and climate change is real. It is a not natural and it is not going to “naturally reverse itself” either.

          • JeffersonDavis

            Notice that every body you list above has N as the first lette.

            Those are the very bodies that blackball dissention to their opinions.

            And by the way, NOAA does NOT disagree. You’d better do some more research.
            They have denoted the same patterns as I have. They just refuse to come out and state the obvious.

  • Father_Time

    I’m sorry but, you are completely laughable.

    No dissention exists. The data is already published.

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