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Bush speech to U.N.: “terror” 32, “climate” 0

September 24, 2008

U.S. President George W. Bush addresses the 63rd United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters in New York September 23, 2008. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid (UNITED STATES)U.S. President George W. Bush upset some delegates by failing to mention “climate change” or “global warming” in his final speech to the United Nations — in which he referred to terrorism 32 times.

Exactly a year ago, the United Nations held a special summit about climate change – U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon calls fighting global warming his “signature issue” and many governments see it as the biggest long-term challenge.

Bush clearly has a lot to worry about such as the global financial crisis, wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and how to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons. Yet while he spoke a lot about terrorism in his speech on Tuesday, he did also refer to other problems such as human rights in Burma, violence in Darfur, the Doha trade round and the fight against malaria.

Climate change didn’t get a mention, even though Bush has called it a “serious problem” and signed up at the Group of Eight nations in Japan in July to a vision of halving world greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. China and the United States are the main emitters of greenhouse gases, mainly from burning fossil fuels.

“It was a surprise and a shame that President Bush didn’t once mention climate change,” the Norwegian daily Aftenposten quoted Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg as saying, adding that he was pleased that both candidates to succeed Bush in January — Barack Obama and John McCain — were making it a priority.ice melting?

So was it just Bush, often accused by many of his closest industrial allies of failing to take climate change seriously enough?

Or perhaps it’s impossible to list everything in a speech without making it a dull shopping list of the world’s woes?

Or is a speech by a U.S. leader that omits to mention global warming a sign that the world is turning to other issues?

What do you think?

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Dear Alister

Sadly, I would view the situation as drawing a clear line between “PROGRESSIVE & PRACTICAL” and “STAGNANT & DECAY”.

By comparison, for the 8 years of Bush Administration, much of the world leaders and their policies have moved on from tackling security issues, to strengthening economic structures, redirecting resources to combat dangers of climate changes and many domestic social matters. But sadly, Bush still have the same old thing in mind, war…war..war..war…

Unfortunately, it is now, no surprise that the U.S is having a hard time dealing with their own economic/social issues, as difficult as choosing their next leader.

I see this as the unfortunate result of 8 long years of American policy under a ‘Narrow Minded’ and ‘Protective’ leadership. Apparently, Bush has rob the American of the opportunity to better prepare themselves for the real challenges of tomorrow. Sadly, Bush policy has also brought pain and suffering to others.

Regards

David

Posted by David J Zhang | Report as abusive
 

I think it’s a sign that leaders of supposed democratic countries have forgotten their role as “Representatives of the People” and have instead assumed the role of arbiter, deciding which issues their voters worry about merit concern or action.

George Bush should not concern himself deciding if he believes in Global Warming yet or not. That his people do is enough that he should attend to it immediately.

The president/Prime Minister should not be the leader of his/her country. He/She should be the ultimate servant.

 

Bush’s failure to mention climate change in his speech to the UN further demonstrates his failure to see the interconnectedness of the global economy, environment, and political unrest. Each influences the other and no solution to ‘terrorism’ will hold unless world leaders offer up a comprehensive solution for responsibly using our natural resources and effectively redistributing wealth.

Posted by dandam | Report as abusive
 

I think that too much is read in Bush’s ‘speech’. It sounded more an attempt at self-justification than anything else, so naturally he WOULD allude to that tired old line of global-wall-on-terrorism-enemies-of-demo cracy rhetoric than anything else, especially the serious threat of global warming against which his administration over eight years achieved practically nothing.

Posted by Bill | Report as abusive
 

We deserve what we have. It took almost 8 years to Bush, only to start thinking about global warming. And what have we, the people, done! Now, America is in love with Palin, who cannot think, to begin with, let alone think that global warming is a man-made problem. And this woman is to lead America! Yes, the question is, where to. She relies that God will lead her. I hope that God is more selective than that.

Posted by rafael1 | Report as abusive
 

Bush and Cheney are paid well, and will be paid more when out of office, for all the hard work they have done to wage war and invade other countries…all while destroying the economy of the USSA (the former USA as it was called pre-patriot act).

Posted by cthings | Report as abusive
 

I’m so tired of the liberal religion of “climate change” which you link directly to being caused by humans. It’s ignorance. It doesn’t matter how many scientists you get together to agree on it(since their grants depend on funding and having a “life threatening” issue sure helps get them money). Reduce toxins, of course, cleaner air, of course! But reduce the temperature of the globe by driving less, good luck! Please look at differing sources and look at the DATA! It’s impossible to link it to humans directly. http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?c ontext=viewArticle&code=20070315&article Id=5086

Posted by Adam | Report as abusive
 

I’m so tired of the liberal religion of “climate change” which you link directly to being caused by humans. It’s ignorance. It doesn’t matter how many scientists you get together to agree on it(since their grants depend on funding and having a “life threatening” issue sure helps get them money). Reduce toxins, of course, cleaner air, of course! But reduce the temperature of the globe by driving less, good luck! Please look at differing sources and look at the DATA! It’s impossible to link it to humans directly.

 

One day the Global Warming Crisis will be shown to be the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on a society. People are going to concern themselves with keeping food on the table as the US and world economies slide into recession. The last thing people are going to care about is paying for some ‘carbon credit’ to keep from freezing in their homes.

Posted by Dan | Report as abusive
 

I think Bush and his speech writer don’t care about the climate change or it was too complicated for Bush to explain it. It was long too late for Bush to make amends in his last term of presidency. All I can say is, he has been the perfect butt of a joke in and the oval office deriving the attention away from other members of the White House who have alot to answer for but may never will.

Posted by Jack | Report as abusive
 

this man belongs in a circus.

Posted by Niels | Report as abusive
 

Actually the theory of global warming is very simple to explain. CO2 man dumps in atmosphere goes up, temperature goes up. Simple. It’s the complexity of how the climate really operates that is so difficult to explain.

Posted by Frank | Report as abusive
 

Cathal: Some people believe anthropogenic greenhouse gas bunkum because they have been propagandized with big lies by the UN, advocacy by scientists with conflicts of interest and financial interests, the sympathetic mainstream media, and crooked politicians globally for ten years. In spite of that most polls indicate that a majority consider climate change to be phony or of low priority.

Last year the global temperature average dropped 0.7C equaling the temperature in the mid-1930s. Solar activity is at a 50 year low. Get out your long underware and hope that you can afford to pay the increased of heating your home.

Posted by Paddy | Report as abusive
 

Why would Bush mention global warming? He does not believe it despite the massive evidence of its existence. He probably believes the rapture will happen before global warming becomes a serious problem.

Posted by Tom | Report as abusive
 

The World Wide Leaderships knows WHATS going on On the Earth Problems. Povertys, WARS in Middle East Muslim Nation and Severe Global Warming is here with Us All. IF WE STAND STILL and Do Nothing WE will head down in to UNKNOWN Places that WE dont WANT To Be In.Middle East Muslim Nation if they think they BELIVE In Holy God WAYS of Life they all should HUMBLE THEMSELFS and Respect Mankind Future Journey IN PEACE and Living Harmony To Each Other Way of Life.And STOP killing Inoccent Families World Wide and Create Better Living Standad Amoung themself and Respect Holy God Laws. Severe Global Warming Is here and they Should Stop Spew Out More dangerouse Deadlier Chemicals Out there ATMOSPHERE will Ony kill themself on It.And Make Peace with there BROTHERS In Isreal and The World Wide as are WHOLE.Muslim Nation they All Should Help The World In Clean UP There Atmosphere and The Earth World Atmosphere. WE ALL LIVE TOGETHER ON THIS EARTH AND WE ALL SHOULD MAKE PEACE AND CLEAN UP THE EARTH PROBLEMS AND ALL OUR LIFES AND MOVE FORWARD TOGETHER AS ONE.WE CAN NOT SEAT BACK AND BLAMING EACH OTHERS WHOS DOING THE WRONG THING EVERY TIME.Arctic ICE Is Melting So FAST then Ever Before North POLE Specialy. IF WE dont ACT quickly WE Only Blame Our Self Mostly.Thank You. Future Friend.

 

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