Friday, September 28, 2007
Thursday, September 27, 2007
Al Gore sent this item out to his on line community: Last Friday, Martin McGuiness, special assistant to the president for legislative affairs made the incredible claim that the current regime, "has done more for the environment and addressing energy security and climate change than any other in history." The extent of their self deception is truly staggering! The Charlatan came into office and rejected the historic Kyoto Accord that called for only a 7% reduction in CO2 emissions below 1990 levels. He claimed, with no basis in fact, that the treaty was bad for business. His underlings have worked feverishly to undermine any progress on the crisis at the G8 and APEC conferences this summer. Government scientists were restrained from speaking about climate change in public and their reports edited by a former energy lobbyist. Some more examples of the regime "doing more":
- delayed plans for implementing energy standards for 22 appliances, leading to a court battle with NRDC;
- tried to reverse energy efficiency standards for central air conditioning systems;
- failed to get Congress to pass increases in vehicle fuel efficiency standards despite rhetoric supporting such improvements;
- insists on opening up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and other environmentally sensitive public lands to increased drilling activity despite public opposition;
- opposes nationwide mandates for utilities use of renewable energy sources.
Only someone with no familiarity with the environmental record of the current regime, like the President, could willfully suspend disbelief and swallow this canard.
Friday, September 21, 2007
Thursday, September 20, 2007
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
Monday, September 17, 2007
The limited tactical improvement in Anbar is due to directly to the decision of sheiks to oppose the foreign jihadists making up Al Qaeda in Iraq, not the 'surge' in US troop levels. Their decision was facilitated by the US offering them guns and money. One of the leading sheiks who decided to oppose the jihadists was assassinated on Thursday of last week in a roadside bomb explosion. Abdul-Sattar Abu Risha had escaped a previous assassination attempt in February. The young sheik organised 25 clans in Anbar to oppose Al Qaeda with American assistance. The attack was probably carried out by Al Qaeda which has killed four of the sheik's brothers and six other relatives working for the US. Although the alliance has achieved some success in stabilizing Anbar, a survey conducted during August for the BBC and ABC News says 76 % of Anbar residents want the US to leave now. Every poll respondent said attacks on US forces were acceptable and only 23% expressed confidence in local leaders. Must be tough love.