Thursday, July 07, 2005

Was That A Flip Or A Flop?

In one of my first serious essays on Corpus Callosum, I coined the term "flippedy-do-floppedy-da-floop" to describe the following:
So, we see that, before the 2000 election, Bush initially promised to take steps to reduce CO2 emissions, then changed his position; after the election, he claimed he was going to take steps to reduce CO2 emissions by 18%, then a few months later, he submitted a plan that would have no impact on CO2 emissions.
That happened to be the first post of mine that was linked to by others, so I remember it fondly.  I recall it now because of the following story from Reuters AlertNet:
Bush says man contributes to global warming
06 Jul 2005 08:31:05 GMT
Source: Reuters

COPENHAGEN, July 6 (Reuters) - U.S. President George W. Bush said on Wednesday he recognised that man contributes to global climate change but remained unyielding in his opposition to the Kyoto accord on the issue.

"Listen, I recognize the surface of the Earth is warmer, and that an increase in greenhouse gases caused by humans is contributing to the problem," he told a news conference during a visit to Denmark on his way to the G8 summit in Scotland.

He said: "Kyoto didn't work for the United States and frankly it didn't work for the world" because many developing nations were not included. He said he was pushing for a "post-Kyoto era" at the G8 summit.
The old CC post, from January 2004, turned out to be prescient.  In it, I pointed out that there were reasons to question Mr. Bush's veracity and credibility.  Little did I know how true that would turn out to be.