Environment

Half-baked Gore Speculation
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October 15, 2007

Al Gore's Nobel Prize has us all wondering who he'll endorse, something Marc Ambinder says is likely to happen in December. My two cents: If at that point it looks like Obama has some chance of winning the nomination, it'll be Obama. I say that for the following reasons: 1.) Obama has the most credible claim to being a transformative figure, something Gore (rightly) fancies himself, too. 2.) Obama, like Gore, got the war right from the get-go. 3.) Hillary, in addition to coming up short on points one and two, has long been a rival of Gore's, and vice versa. And 4.) Crass politics.

Rudy V. Hillary, Cont'd
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October 15, 2007

In an event of questionable import, Tommy Thompson endorsed Rudy Giuliani today in Charleston, SC. Thompson began by acknowledging that, although he's a former presidential candidate himself, "I'm sure most of you didn't even know it," which rather undermined the oomph of his announcement. Thompson hailed Rudy as a "reformer" who, like Thompson, battled to trim welfare rolls in the 1990s.

After Gore's Nobel
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October 14, 2007

Now that Al Gore and the International Panel on Climate Change have won the Nobel Peace Prize, it's time to be thinking very concretely about the best steps for reducing the harms associated with climate change. An international agreement for greenhouse gas reductions, including all the major contributors, would clearly be in the world's interest. China (now the world's leading contributor in terms of annual emissions) must be included, along with the United States (the world's second leading annual contributor, and still the leading contributor, by far, to the existing "stock").

Half-baked Gore Speculation
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October 12, 2007

Al Gore's Nobel Prize has us all wondering who he'll endorse, something Marc Ambinder says is likely to happen in December. My two cents: If at that point it looks like Obama has some chance of winning the nomination, it'll be Obama. I say that for the following reasons: 1.) Obama has the most credible claim to being a transformative figure, something Gore (rightly) fancies himself, too. 2.) Obama, like Gore, got the war right from the get-go. 3.) Hillary, in addition to coming up short on points one and two, has long been a rival of Gore's, and vice versa. And 4.) Crass politics.

Jimmy Carter, Back Again
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October 12, 2007

Another book tour? Clearly Jimmy Carter writes more books than he reads. Yes, there is a new one, modestly titled, Beyond the White House: Waging Peace, Fighting Disease and Building Hope. I suspect it's a record of failure disguised by PR as a rousing success. As for his last book, Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid, he says, "many people just concentrated on the word apartheid." Well, wasn't that what they were supposed to do? Otherwise, would there be many buyers?

Gore?
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October 12, 2007

You wanna get the blood of the editors of Commentary flowing ... or of the Wall Street Journal? Just mention Al Gore. Or global warming. There aretwo articles in Thursday's Times that will get their hysteria up ... about what they usually characterize as Gore's hysteria. It's odd -- isn't it? -- that these ordinary journalists (like me) have the science down pat. They know the one scientist here and the other scientist there that believe Greenland will disappear not earlier than a zillion years from now.

More On That Obama Op-ed
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October 11, 2007

A rival campaign points me to a speech Obama made in November 2006, where he used language that's substantively similar to the amendment he criticized in today's op-ed (which I wrote about earlier). Here's the key graf from the Obama speech: In such a scenario, it is conceivable that a significantly reduced U.S. force might remain in Iraq for a more extended period of time. But only if U.S.

Gop Debate
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October 09, 2007

Some reactions: Fred Thompson looked distracted, especially when answering questions about the economy. It was as if he were thinking of something else (his next movie or what he was going to order for dinner that night) and had to focus instead on some boring political question about social security or the disparity between the Dow and people's perception of the economy. Is he just rusty, or does he not really want to do this? Of the frontrunners, Romney had the clearest and most forthright answers. If you listen closely, you hear a moderate Republican beneath the rhetoric.

Obama's New Ad
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October 05, 2007

His latest Iowa spot focuses on--surprise!--Iraq, and stars Retired Air Force General Merrill McPeak. The general praises Obama for "showing insight and courage others did not" in opposing the war, and declares that "the old Washington hands have let us down.

Armenian Genocide Update
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October 05, 2007

With the Armenian genocide resolution nearing a vote in the House, Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan spoke with President Bush today.

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