Sunday, April 23, 2006

The Pot Calling the Kettle Black !!

Many of the most connected political operatives in the United States have reported on many of the potential topics that were discussed by President Bush and his Chinese counterpart President Hu.

A consensus has emerged among these well connected journalists and opinion shapers that a major topic was that of energy. President Bush, the political leader of a nation that consumes over 20 million barrels of crude oil a day has expressed concern about the rising level of consumption of a nation that has over five times the US population and yet consumes less than one third the US total. Can anyone pull that with a straight face? Are we truly telling others that we see nothing wrong in consuming fifteen times what they do on a per capita basis and that it is their relatively smaller consumption that needs to be constrained so that we can go on building our large homes, driving our huge SUVs and maintaining our highly energy intensive life style? It does take lots of chutzpah to do that, doesn’t it?

11 comments:

Frank Marchese said...
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Frank Marchese said...

Maybe if we put pressure on china to contrain its already low consumption then they will develope a more sustainable energy policy that can be used by the rest of the global community But on the other hand it is very hypocritical of us to pass judgement on others when we are the template for all nations to become and Our policies are the most wasteful. Maybe we should change our ways before we start telling others what to do. Prof. Karam have u heard of any protests lately that we environmentalists can go and participate in? Maybe we could make it a class activity but I dont know if Pace would pay my bail money.

ghassan karam said...

Frank,
I think that a major antiwar protest will be held this saturday in NYC. I will pay your bail:-)

Haddy said...

The US government needs to take their heads out of each others asses for however long it takes to realize that their elitist superego is going to get the rest of us in a lot of danger. The hypocracy and idiocy of the Bush Administration pressuring anyone about low consumption of oil is exactly the pot calling the kettle black. Where do we get off saying that our glutonous oil consumption, along with any resource we chew, savor the flavor, then spit out, is okay, while anyone else is at fault? Are the pigs saying that we are all equal, yet some are more equal than others? This Orwellian view is going to paint the US citizens red, slapping a giant "kick me" sign on the country. We need to seek change within our own system in order to advocate change to the rest of the world.

Frank Marchese said...

Prof. Karam, Is there any paying Environmental jobs your know of for the summer?

marie said...

I'm ashamed to be an American. That's all I have to say after reading that post.

marie said...

Prof. Karam,

Even though class is over I was wondering if theres anyway u could keep posting over the summer. I really enjoyed the blog and I'm sure frank and haddy wouldn't mind either :)

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