What's happening in Europe these days?
E.U. leaders agreed Friday to ignore America's lead (sic!) and adopt binding targets to push renewable energy sources and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. All 27 EU leaders have agreed to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions by 20 percent by 2020, to raise the share of renewable energy sources such as wind, solar, hydro and biomass energy to 20 percent of the body`s overall energy consumption by 2020, and to set the goal for biofuels to 10 percent of automobile fuel by the same date.
What's happening in the U.S.?
George-the-decider Bush has been down in South America encouraging South Americans to persue an independent energy policy and cut down on fossil fuels. (No, not the George Bush that we know, but his bizarro opposite twin who suddenly appears in the southern hemisphere whenever there's high sun-spot activity.) Closer to home, the FBI, having decided that the carte blanche provided by the Patriot Act is not enough, has fessed up to violating legal protections (what few protections remain!) during its surveillance of telephone, business, and financial records.
Ah, living in the good ol' U.S. of A. It's like sitting on a raft on a lazy afternoon, watching the whole world go by as the raft slowly sinks.