Our man in Asia…
Here he is! Being the typical third grade buffoon..Why does he always have to make such a fool of himself in group fotos….why? The media took notice of the “flirtation” between BO and the PM of Thailand. After seeing MO accept the WH Christmas tree this morning I can see why. Mo wore shiny too, but she wasn’t quite as effective as the lovely PM. The boob belt is back and so is the too small cardi and knee high boots. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2237558/A-White-House-Christmas-Malia-Sasha-Obama-help-Michelle-welcome-tree.html
While on his excellent adventure to Asia BO promised 6 billion dollars to Brunei and Indonesia to help them with climate change. Wasn’t that nice? All those cottage industries need all the help they can get to reduce pollution. Now that the US leads the world in carbon reduction, we have to make sure other countries receive the benefit of not only technology, but tax dollars too. Of course you won’t hear about this in the LSM, the news is too good to print or report on. The IEA is pretty happy about it, Al Gore, not so much. All that money to be made on carbon exchanges and “cap and trade” may not happen.
Over the past six years, the United States has reduced its carbon emissions more than any other nation in the world.
Efforts to curb so-called man-made climate change had little or nothing to do with it. Government mandated “green” energy didn’t cause the reductions. Neither did environmentalist pressure. And the U.S. did not go along with the Kyoto Protocol to radically cut CO2 emissions. Instead, the drop came about through market forces and technological advances, according to a report from the International Energy Agency.
Breakthroughs in how natural gas is extracted from underground shale formations were the key factors that led to the reductions, the report said. Natural gas has a low carbon footprint and is widely available in the United States. As a result, entrepreneurs are flocking to extract it from new areas.
Of course, the UN is frustrated with the US over not signing onto the Kyoto Protocols.
Figueres also spoke if international frustration with the United States for failing to sign onto UN global warming initiatives such as the Kyoto Protocol.
“[I]f the United States does not strengthen its participation in the global climate regime under the newly re-elected president I think there will be increased frustration with the United States,” she said.
Job-killing policies such as cap-and-trade, which would limit and tax carbon emissions in the United States, died in 2010 due to the harm it would cause the economy. Figueres, though, portrayed adhering to the UN vision for fighting global warming as a way to stay economically competitive.
“Why would the United States allow other countries to pursue the technologies of the future while the United States stays with the technologies that are becoming every day more obsolete, hence losing its future competitiveness in an increasingly competitive world?” she asked. “I do think that there is going to be increasing pressure in particular from the private sector to catch up with the rest of the world, which is moving toward low-carbon technologies.”
I guess the UN didn’t get the news from the IEA.
Looks as if BO has made another major faux pas in foreign policy by backing newly elected Mursi. Mursi has granted himself new sweeping powers which ban any and all objections to his decrees and laws. Egyptian freedom lovers responded to the announcement by burning down Muslim Brotherhood offices and organizing a million man march according to France 24
Morsi’s latest decree has raised serious concerns among the international community. In a statement released Friday, the European Union urged Morsi to respect the democratic process.
“It is of utmost importance that democratic process be completed in accordance with the commitments undertaken by the Egyptian leadership,” said the statement issued by EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton’s office.
A spokesman for UN Human Rights Commissioner Navi Pillay also said the organisation was “very concerned about the possible huge ramifications of this declaration on human rights and the rule of law in Egypt”.
If you think the ME is a big mess already from BO’s foreign policy positions, wait until Egypt explodes. Syria will seem like a small blip compared to what Egypt will become. The US has gone from supporting a quasi-dictator to supporting an Iranian backed full fledged dictator. Must be more of that “smart diplomacy” we hear about and leading from behind.
An army of bureaucrats…..From Instapundit a reader emails;
Politicians will talk about helping American manufacturers, small businesses, etc. But instead they constantly change the rules of the game to “help” (of course it only seems to help big contributors who can navigate the rules or get special waivers). Businesses can handle all sorts of challenges, but they need to know that the time, money and effort they put in wont be undermined by a constantly changing rule book. Why would I sacrifice and risk if some politician is going to decide some day that I was too successful and take what I earned, or some competitor will pay enough to get an unfair advantage bestowed upon them by a politician.
At this point, most of the business people I know are truly disgusted with politicians from both parties. They go around making policies, rules and laws as if this is some game. This is my business, my family and my life, and it is constantly under attack by an army of bureaucrats.
and this…..The email reminded me of this bit from Federalist No. 62 – “It will be of little avail to the people, that the laws are made by men of their own choice, if the laws be so voluminous that they cannot be read, or so incoherent that they cannot be understood; if they be repealed or revised before they are promulgated, or undergo such incessant changes that no man, who knows what the law is today, can guess what it will be tomorrow.”
What’s on your minds today?
- PH to push for extension of treaty on reducing greenhouse gases (globalnation.inquirer.net)
- NZ won’t commit to second stage of Kyoto Protocol (radionz.co.nz)
- AND WITHOUT A CARBON TAX: U.S. Leads World In Carbon Emissions Reductions. Over the past six yea… (pjmedia.com)
- Kyoto protocol: Australia signs up to second phase (guardian.co.uk)
- Why Obama Put Asia On The Agenda Now (npr.org)
- 7th East Asia Summit opens in Phnom Penh (nzweek.com)
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