Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Kalaallit Nancy

I found it curious that Pelosi and an entire delegation of representatives visited Greenland over the weekend to observe the effects of global warming. If you don't believe me, you can check out this here press clipping:

Nancy Pelosi: Kalaallit Nunaat takullugu misigisaq annertoqaaq.
USA-mi Repr├Žsentanternes Hus-imi siulittaasoq Nancy Pelosi Ilulissanut ippassaq unnukkut tikippoq. Ilulissat timaani sermersuarmi ilisimatuut misissuiffiat ullumi ulloqeqqata siorna alakkarterniarlugu helikopterimik aallalersoq suleqatitta Janus Maqe-p apersorpaa.

Those folks really know how to cut loose and celebrate the Memorial Day holiday! When barbecued franks in the 8th District just won't do...

I did breathe a sigh of relief when I read the following at the website of the Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming:
Because of the significance of this trip, the air travel will be carbon offset through the Pacific Forest Trust - a forest conservation and stewardship project that will permanently reduce approximately 500,000 tons of CO2 emissions over a 100-year period. Speaker Pelosi will personally pay for this effort.
I believe carbon offset fees in the long run probably will rival aid to the Central African Empire for sheer well-meaning ineffectiveness.


copperred said...

Central African Empire? Is that what we're calling it this year? Oh it's so confusing!

I'm sure the Greenlanders thought it was all a ploy by those meddlesome Danes trying to horn in on their newfound mineral wealth now that the ice is disappearing. You know they can graze sheep even further north than in decades now.

Junk Thief said...

Did the folks with Code Pink know there was no one home while they were protesting outside of Casa de Pelosi?

I have a few friends in the responsible travel field that were promoting the carbon offset vouchers for air travel that was started ten or more years ago. I'd really not heard much more about it in recent yers. Its always felt like a guilt tax to me.

Huntington said...

The weather in Godthab (I mean Nuuk) probably beat that which we "enjoyed" in San Francisco at the weekend. That Nancy is no fool.

BigAssBelle said...

well whether the carbon offsets actually accomplish anything or not, wouldn't it be great if all of the rainforest countries suddenly began preserving their trees rather than cutting them down? i sense an opportunity for capitalism, here, and one that would actually help the world rather than harm it. more trees = good thing.