Here’s to Kofi Annan for talking about the “frightening lack of leadership” from some of the world’s economic (and emissions) giants at a conference on climate change in Nairobi, Kenya. There’s two sides to every story, of course, and our government’s goes like this:
“We think the United States has been leading in its groundbreaking initiatives.”
That’s from undersecretary of state Paula Dobriansky, and though the New York Times didn’t specify, she seems to have said it with a straight face. She went on to list a couple of these initiatives.
Curiously absent from her list were prominent Bush strategies including “closing eyes” and “clicking heels together three times.”
Read all the way to the end for a proposal and a choice comment from Swiss president Moritz Leuenberger: “This is not a fight against nature. It is a battle against shortsighted egoism.”