Blair, Bingaman feeling gassy

Yesterday, at the British Embassy, New Mexico Sen. Jeff Bingaman met for breakfast with Prime Minister Tony Blair and discussed global warming, or more appropriately, global climate change. The press release read as follows: “Bingaman, the top Democrat on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, is working to include a provision in the Senate energy bill aimed at reducing the greenhouse gases associated with global warming.”

Then it quotes our senator as saying, "Prime Minister Tony Blair will lead the upcoming G8 summit in Scotland, and he has put climate change at the top of the agenda. I share the prime minister's concerns about global warming, and like him I would like to see steps taken to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. I hope that in his meeting with President Bush that he was able to make a strong case for taking action."

Then for those disinclined in the ways of global politics, it said: “G8 nations include the United States, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, and the United Kingdom.”

Nice work, Mr. Bingaman, but if your aunt had balls she'd be your uncle. In other words, if some sensible person was president maybe this would matter, but with Bush/Cheney in the White House, there is little, if no, cause for excitement. Bush's lies concerning Iraq have killed Blair's credibility. Europe has been universally distraught over U.S. policies, or a lack thereof, concerning global climate change and the world no longer trusts Blair's word any more than they trust anything that comes out of Dubya's bumbling pie hole.

besides, the energy bill before the Senate is the work of dinosaurs, who will be long dead before the repercussions of misguided fossil-fuel dependent energy policies come home to roost. Bingaman has done his best and deserves a lot of credit, but heralding a meeting with toothless Tony in 2005 is nothing to shout about, unfortunately.

The GOP Congress has recently, again, shot down CAFÉ standards that would increase auto fuel efficiency standards in the U.S. Heather Wilson voted against it, as did the rest of our GOP delegation. Avoiding increased fuel efficiency which would decrease greenhouse gas emissions more than any other proposal out there, as well as boost the economy, is a criminal offense that the jackals in Washington continue to get away with for no good reason.