Clinton says must "get off our butts" to stop warming

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    May 20, 4:09 PM (ET)


    By Pat Jackson

    AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Former President Bill Clinton said on Saturday global warming is a greater threat to the future than terrorism and that the United States and other countries must "get off our butts" and do something about it.

    Clinton, speaking to the graduating class at University of Texas' Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, said the United States must pursue policies that make "more partners and fewer enemies" and use "institutionalized cooperation" before there is catastrophic damage from global warming.

    "Climate change is more remote than terror but a more profound threat to the future of the children and the grandchildren and the great-grandchildren I hope all of you have," Clinton said.

    "It's the only thing we face today that has the power to remove the preconditions of civilized society," he said.

    "I am not one of those who is pessimistic about the future of the world, assuming we get off our butts and do something about climate change in a timely fashion."


    During Clinton's administration, the global Kyoto Protocol to curb the release of greenhouse gases was created but the Bush administration has rejected it on grounds it will hurt the U.S. economy.

    "I think we should be in the Kyoto climate change system," Clinton said. "We can't solve global warming or any other problem in the world you can mention that amounts to a hill of beans by ourselves."

    The United States is considered the largest emitter of the "greenhouse gases" blamed for global warming. President George W. Bush has said that global warming may be occurring but its cause is not clear. Generally, it is believed that the burning of fossil fuels is the primary cause of climate change.
    The MAN is an idiot :cow:
    http://reuters.myway.com/article/20...11_RTRIDST_0_NEWS-ENVIRONMENT-CLINTON-DC.html
     
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    Maybe it's a promo for Gore's movie ?
     
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    Ya know, considering the actual percentage of us who will, realistically speaking, come into contact with terrorists and the percentage of us whose environment is being destroyed, which is the more long-term danger?

    Oh right....the guy with the IQ of 180 is an idiot and there's no such thing as global warming. :p:
     
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    well personally I cant think of a single person whose environment ever got better after he was finished with it.
     
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    Having a high IQ doesn't mean you can't come to erroneous conclusions. Especially if it's a highly technical area that you don't have any training in.

    I think my posting record will confirm that I'm not a Bush defender to say the least, but this statement is fairly dishonest. It tells the truth, but leaves out clarifying details that put things into perspective. Like, the fact that the US senate rejected the Kyoto treaty during Clinton's administration. The vote was something like 99-0 against, so there was a good number of democrats who rejected it too. Some might even speculate that the only reason the Clinton administration pushed it at all was because they knew it would fail, and therefore it was a safe way to score points with their environmentalist supporters.

    Also, Kyoto sucks because it proposed to curtail emissions in western nations, while letting developing countries like India and China increase C02 output until they were on par with the CO2 emissions per person of the western world. Stealth socialism, in other words.
     
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    Depends on one's perspective, I'd say. :D
     
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    seems as though humanity just uses up it's environment. Consumes it.
     

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