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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

President Obama's Speech in Oslo

If you'd like to read the text of President Obama's speech in Oslo, go here.

It's quite a good speech. It gives me lots to think about.

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At 4:34 AM, Blogger A Cuban In London said...

The question is: did he deserve it?

From the beginning I said, give the guy some time to put his house in order, but recently I am beginning to have second thoughts. I would not like him to become a dilettante.

Greetings from London.

At 8:06 AM, Blogger Ms. Manitoba said...

Hi, dear Cuban In London ... I am having similar thoughts/feelings. I really was trying to give him a year without criticism because he inherited such a horrible mess ... but I have been critical lately.

Thanks for stopping by.

At 10:39 PM, Blogger McBlogget said...

More to the point, every year of inaction is one closer to the no turning back point (if we're not there already). The forces of inaction would seem to be almost insurmountable, not just the surface economic costs.
The widespread global corruption among potential aid-recipient countries, makes one wonder where the money is would go ultimately. I heard a West African environmentalist state that her country's leaders either don't care or don't acknowledge global warming as a local issue.

Deeply-entrenched ignorance/anti-intellectualism (e.g., US Senator James Inhofe) is a major issue in the US with regard to ratification of any treaty. Notably, Inhofe is also an evolution denier, as are the majority of US citizens. If people can't accept something with such massive and nearly-undisputed evidence (among scientists) as evolution, it seems unlikely any real progress can be made on global warming given the huge costs of both action and inaction. If you want someone to blame about the mess we're in, go to your house of worship and look no further.

At 10:51 PM, Blogger Ms. Manitoba said...

McBlogget, you leave me no choice: I must slit my throat.

At 12:13 PM, Blogger McBlogget said...

Wait, all is not lost! Governor Conan the Barbarian has just called Palin a Cro-Mag for not accepting global warming as a real problem. There may be hope for Republicans yet.

At 9:51 AM, Blogger Ms. Manitoba said...

McBlogget, you dear fellow, you've saved me from the brink!


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