Friday, February 2, 2007

UN Climate Change Panel and the French

This line from Jacques Chirac from the Reuters write up on the report is priceless:

"Faced with this emergency, now is not the time for half measures. It is the time for a revolution, in the true sense of the term. We are in truth on the historical doorstep of the irreversible."

Who knows more about revolutions than the French? I guess heads are going to role. I should take bets on which revolution will sweep France first, the revolution in energy and society that will be required to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to some level or the Islamic Revolution that's already well underway in France.

In France's defense they are on their way to banning smoking in public, so they're doing their part to stop emissions. Here's a great summary of the French attitude toward the State from a bank worker on the smoking ban: "We've no choice but to obey. The law is the law. Values have changed, and we have to move with the times." Does anyone is France every stop to think that maybe this attitude is part of the reason the country is in an economic and societal malaise?

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