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Last updated on July 2nd, 2017 at 09:01 am
In a long, and interesting speech, [Bill Clinton] characterized what the U.S. and other industrialized nations need to do to combat global warming this way: “We just have to slow down our economy and cut back our greenhouse gas emissions ‘cause we have to save the planet for our grandchildren.”
It’ll be interesting listening to Hillary and Obama’s competing plans to reduce wages and cut jobs; a global warming election will play to their strengths. Meanwhile, Peggy Noonan reviews whiplash-like recent events:
In the most exciting and confounding election cycle of my lifetime, Rudy Giuliani, the Prince of the City, is out because he was about to lose New York, John Edwards is out, the Clintons are fighting for their historical reputations, and the stalwart conservative New York Post has come out strong and stinging for Barack Obama. If you had asked me in December if I would write that sentence in February, I would have said: Um, no.
(Via cider insider Rich Stadnik)
UPDATE. The US ABC network’s Jake Tapper, source of the Clinton quote, has badly misrepresented him – as have I by repeating it. Here’s Tapper’s update:
The original headline of this post was too definitive, while the larger blog post tried to express that I wasn’t sure just what Clinton meant by his statement. So I changed the headline to reflect that. I understand after many, many emails that many folks think I misunderstood what the President was saying.
And here is Clinton’s actual unTappered quote:
“And maybe America, and Europe, and Japan, and Canada — the rich counties — would say, ‘OK, we just have to slow down our economy and cut back our greenhouse gas emissions ’cause we have to save the planet for our grandchildren.’ We could do that.
“But if we did that, you know as well as I do, China and India and Indonesia and Vietnam and Mexico and Brazil and the Ukraine, and all the other countries will never agree to stay poor to save the planet for our grandchildren. The only way we can do this is if we get back in the world’s fight against global warming and prove it is good economics that we will create more jobs to build a sustainable economy that saves the planet for our children and grandchildren. It is the only way it will work.”
Now it’s perfectly Clintonian – promising everything (more jobs AND reduced emissions) to everyone – but there’s no way he could fairly be accused of urging an economic slowdown.
(Via lil varmint)