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    Laughingstock Speaks!

    By kyle | March 1, 2010

    Is Al Gore sounding maybe just a wee bit defensive in his latest word-spew in the New York Times? I think the Kinsley Gaffe is highly in evidence when Gore confesses that he sees cap-and-trade legislation — regulation and taxation as an “instrument of human redemption.” He also leaks word that the Chinese, who publicly stated they essentially wanted nothing to do with any global cap-and-trade effort, were saying behind the scenes that maybe they’d be willing to talk about it a wee bit more if only the US would take the lead. Does this sound like China’s way of thinking? “Well, if you guys do it, we’ll go ahead and follow in lockstep behind you. It’s not like we’re afraid of cutting into our massive growth rate. Nor do we feel that it’s unfair for the industrialized nations to pull up the ladder to prosperity after they’ve enjoyed limitless power to emit greenhouse gases forever.” Sure, Al. And Al is, as usual, on both sides of the let’s-take-individual-weather-events-as-evidence-of-global-trends argument. Here’s Christopher Booker talking about the big problems with the catastrophist side in the Telegraph.

    Topics: Business, Politics | 2 Comments »

    2 Responses to “Laughingstock Speaks!”

    1. Christian Toto Says:
      March 1st, 2010 at 7:07 pm

      Until Gore goes face to face with some of the smarter folk on the ‘denier’ side I’ll take what he says with the proverbial salt grain.

      Hey, where’s Hunter Tremaine these days? Hat shopping?

    2. Bugg Says:
      March 1st, 2010 at 8:39 pm

      You should host a seminar titled “Who is more utterly clueless about China’s economic development policies-Al Gore or Tom Friedman?”