Thursday, July 27, 2006

Multinational environmental watchdog blinded, hobbled and leashed.

We all know global warming is real. (If you don't, find yourself a climate scientist and ask him or her (probably him). You'll learn.) So, finding out that the Commission for Environmental Co-operation (CEC), a group established by NAFTA to monitor pollution in North America, is basically unable to do a damn thing about pollution is not only disturbing, but a little frightening. Some choice quotes:
"In most cases, it was beyond the scope of this report to investigate how the data were developed or their accuracy. These facts should be kept in mind when attempting to draw conclusions about the differences in environmental performance of the facilities in the different countries," the CEC says. ... the three countries "have never really embraced the CEC nor realized its potential" and consequently the organization "suffers from the ambivalence of the [countries] toward it." ... the Taking Stock report isn't a truly independent look at pollution trends. Like all of its reports, the CEC allows NAFTA governments to pore over its findings and try to alter them before they are released publicly.
We'll have to wait and see if Stevie's proposed (but as yet totally unexplained) environmental policy will do any good. But, given that Dubya has done nothing, and the multinational watchdog apparently can't even fact-check, I'm rather concerned.

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