Pelosi checks Biden for snoring. (ap)
A very scoldy German Chancellor Angela Merkel addressed a joint session of Congress today — talking about next week's anniversary of the Berlin Wall coming down and Germany's great debt to America. She also got on their case about climate change, just as Senate Republicans were boycotting debate of the climate bill that's apparently dead.
“We can already see now where this wasteful attitude towards our future leads: Icebergs are melting in the Arctic; in Africa, people become refugees because their environment has been destroyed; the global sea level is rising. I am delighted to note that President Obama and you, in your daily work, consider the protection of our climate to be a very important task. We all know we have no time to lose.
We need an agreement — (applause) — we need an agreement at the climate conference in Copenhagen in December; we need an agreement on one objective: Global warming must not exceed 2 degrees Celsius. To achieve this, we need the readiness of all countries to accept internationally binding obligations.”
OK, we don't know about you, but Beltway Confidential is FREAKED OUT by that story about the gigantic jellyfish in Japan that capsized a boat the other day and keep getting sucked up into nuclear reactor pumps. Scientists say that global warming is one reason the jellyfish are huge and overpopulating.
So, yeah. Sea levels rising, the icebergs are melting — old news! If Merkel stood in front of Congress and brandished one large photo of the huge, mutant jellyfish — that might have actually scared the GOP right back into committee.
It came from the briny deep. But will it save cap and trade? (afp)