Jellyfish! Also: Merkel schools Congress on climate

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)

 

Beltway ConfidentialUS

If you find our journalism valuable and relevant, please consider joining our Examiner membership program.
Find out more at www.sfexaminer.com/join/

Just Posted

(Shutterstock)
Breed: SF receives 3.6K state access codes giving teachers vaccine priority

San Francisco has received its first vaccine priority access codes from the… Continue reading

Charles Joseph, who is represented by the San Francisco Public Defender’s office, is facing deportation to Fiji. <ins>(Courtesy photo)</ins>
Giving immigrants a second chance after incarceration

Legislation would allow some faced with deportation a chance to challenge their old convictions

The San Francisco Police Department released body camera footage of the alleged assault on Dacari Spiers. (Via SFPD Body Cam)
SF police officer to stand trial for assault over baton beating

A San Francisco police officer who prosecutors say unnecessarily beat a man… Continue reading

Mayor London Breed announced The City’s return to the red tier for COVID-19 precautions at Pier 39 on Tuesday<ins>, March 2, 2021</ins>. <ins>(Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)</ins>
San Francisco enters red COVID tier, indoor dining to resume

Museums and gyms can reopen with capacity limits

Cole Odin Berggren, community programs director and drum and DJ instructor at Blue Bear School of Music in The City, holds a JackTrip device, which he says has greatly improved students’ experience of making music online. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
COVID-era musicians beginning to make connections

Software eliminates pesky delay plaguing most systems

Most Read