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Does Ricardo Acuña truly believe that Nancy Pelosi set out "to genuinely and objectively gather information from both industry and the environmental community, ... View > 22-Sep-10


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Does Ricardo Acuña truly believe that Nancy Pelosi set out "to genuinely and objectively gather information from both industry and the environmental community, and then [develop] a comprehensive energy policy based on an objective analysis of that information?"

And that "she believes she has a responsibility to base her policy-making and decisions on as much information from as many sources as possible. This way, she can ensure that the actions and policies she is endorsing and supporting are based on fact, are as thorough as can be and will be in the public interest?"

I'm more inclined to accept George Monbiot's less naive assessment of the urgency and gravity of the situation we face in general, and of "the cowardice of governments" in particular:

"Greens are a puny force by comparison to industrial lobby groups, the cowardice of governments and the natural human tendency to deny what we don't want to see. To compensate for our weakness, we indulged a fantasy of benign paternalistic power – acting, though the political mechanisms were inscrutable, in the wider interests of humankind. We allowed ourselves to believe that, with a little prompting and protest, somewhere, in a distant institutional sphere, compromised but decent people would take care of us. They won't. They weren't ever going to do so."

"Climate Change Enlightenment Was Fun While It Lasted But Now Its Dead" The Guardian (see below)

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2010/sep/20/climate-change-negotiations-failure

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