Saturday, November 20, 2010

Barack Obama arrives at NATO Green Energy Summit in "Beast" Limo

From the "Good for thee but not for me" department, with a fresh coat of Whitening to Yahoo News:

LISBON (AFP) – The Portuguese hosts of Friday's NATO summit hoped to use the event to promote clean-energy and electric cars, but all eyes were on US President Barack Obama's diesel-guzzling "Beast" instead.


As is usual when he travels, Obama's eight-tonne armoured behemoth of a limousine was flown out to Lisbon before the US leader's arrival, and it ferried him from the airport tarmac to his first meetings of the weekend.

Doubtless he didn't intend the Beast's roar to drown out his hosts' green message, but a US presidential motorcade and its attendant escort of Secret Service SUVs do attract attention, even at the most elite gatherings.

Earlier, Prime Minister Jose Socrates and his fellow Portuguese, the president of the European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso, had arrived at the summit in quiet, zero-emission electric cars.

"I'd like to underline the priority both our countries assign to renewable energy and electric vehicles," Socrates said, after meeting Obama, amid amused sniping from the Portuguese press at the mixed messages.


Portugal is proud of the lead it has taken in introducing what it says is the world's first national electric vehicle charging network, with 100 power outlets in 25 towns and plans to install 1,300 by next year.

The government was particularly keen for the press covering the summit to underline this, and a news release describing the recharging network was already on each of the tables in the media centre as the global pack arrived.

Within the highly secure summit site, electric buses were put on to ferry journalists between venues.

In theory, at least, Obama was on side with the plan, remarking: "An area where I want to congratulate the prime minister and the Portuguese people is for the extraordinary leadership that you?ve shown in clean energy.

"The prime minister's leadership on electric cars will create new opportunities for American companies here in Portugal ... and this is an example of what Portugal and America can achieve together."

But there was no immediate reaction from the White House to criticism of Obama's rather less green form of transport, and the administration has in the past said that the president's security arrangements are non-negotiable.

Of course they are non-negotiable.  The green scam does not apply to them, and it never will.  TSA patdowns don't apply to John Boehner.  ObamaCare doesn't apply to Congress, or the staffers who wrote the bill.  Social Security's "contributions" don't apply to schoolteachers. 
Good for thee, but not for me. 
How much longer are you going to take it? 

8 comments:

Nick Rowe said...

Remember in Copenhagen when almost all of the delegates showed up in limousines? Some national delegations showed up in multiple limos, not even bothering to carpool.

They used so many limos, they had to import them from other countries. Only a handful of delegates used hybrid cars.

Cedric Katesby said...

Global warming is a scam.
How long are you going to take it?
It's good enough for thee but not for me.
It's a scam.
Just look at Obama's car.

That's all the proof you need.

NASA is guilty of the same thing.
Oh sure, they say that global warming is happening but...how do they operate their fancy-shmancy computers?
They burn fossil fuels.
If they thought that global warming was really real, then they'd stop using super-computers...and go back to good-old fashioned pencil and paper.
That's only reasonable.
That's just common sense.

And how about all those satellite launches and their fancy-shmancy survey planes?
They don't run on tofu.
Irony is so lost on these people.
More hard evidence that it's all a scam.

The Pentagon?
Sure, they pretend to believe in global warming but...they are in on the scam too.
They pretend to be all concerned about sea-level rise affecting naval bases and ice caps melting creating new security considerations but...it's a lie.
Here's the proof:

Go down to your local military base.
Look at the planes.
They burn fuel.
Look at the ships.
They burn fuel.
Look at the tanks.
They burn fuel.
If they really believed that global warming was real, then they'd all be riding bicycles instead.
But they don't.
Therefore, global warming is a big, global scam.
Simple.

(Plus Al Gore.)

The Whited Sepulchre said...

Cedric,
Look at Al Gore's house(s).
Look at how they travel.
Look at Tom Friedman's house.
Do they believe it?
No. Not a word of it.

People who believe that aliens from the planet Nekthor are reading their thoughts, so they wear a tinfoil hat to block the transmissions? They are never seen without their tinfoil hats.

The same logic does not apply with those clowns. They are about finding a way to make money from the weather.

Cedric Katesby said...

Cedric,
Look at Al Gore's house(s).


Allen, what you are doing is making a classic appeal to hypocrisy.

It's a fallacious argument.

It's a fallacious argument no matter to whom you direct it at or what cause you are trying to support/discredit.

You mustn't do this.

I'm NOT saying this because I accept global warming and you don't.

The subject matter is irrelevent.

It's the ARGUMENT ITSELF that is fatally flawed.

It doesn't matter if we are talking about global warming or the theory of evolution or vaccines or HIV or smoking cigarettes
.
An appeal to hypocrisy just doesn't work.
It's bad thinking.

It might feel good.
It might even sound good if you don't critically examine it too hard...but it's wrong.

This is not about me demonstrating that global warming is true.
Forget about global warming for a moment.

I'm talking about the basic structure of your argument.
It's flawed.

People who believe that aliens from the planet Nekthor are reading their thoughts, so they wear a tinfoil hat to block the transmissions? They are never seen without their tinfoil hats.

(grinds teeth in frustration)

Switch the targets around but don't change the basic structure of the argument itself.
Test it.
Does it still sound fair and good?

Imagine me locking horns with some other guy.
You are just observing and eating popcorn, ok?

Now, let's say I make some statement in support of global warming.
The other guy dismisses my statement by claiming that I don't really believe my own statement because...I'm using the internet...or I use hot water to to take a shower...or I eat imported food...or I use air transportation...or something else like that.
Using the internet (etc) creates a carbon footprint, therefore I'm a hypocrite, therefore global warming is a scam.

Does that sound fair and reasonable to you?
Honestly?
It that the standard of discussion that you want to establish?
Don't do this.
Please.
It's wrong.

Cedric Katesby said...

(Apologies if this is a re-post.)

Cedric,
Look at Al Gore's house(s).


Allen, what you are doing is making a classic appeal to hypocrisy.

It's a fallacious argument.

It's a fallacious argument no matter to whom you direct it at or what cause you are trying to support/discredit.

You mustn't do this.

I'm NOT saying this because I accept global warming and you don't.

The subject matter is irrelevent.

It's the ARGUMENT ITSELF that is fatally flawed.

It doesn't matter if we are talking about global warming or the theory of evolution or vaccines or HIV or smoking cigarettes
.
An appeal to hypocrisy just doesn't work.
It's bad thinking.

It might feel good.
It might even sound good if you don't critically examine it too hard...but it's wrong.

This is not about me demonstrating that global warming is true.
Forget about global warming for a moment.

I'm talking about the basic structure of your argument.
It's flawed.

People who believe that aliens from the planet Nekthor are reading their thoughts, so they wear a tinfoil hat to block the transmissions? They are never seen without their tinfoil hats.

(grinds teeth in frustration)

Switch the targets around but don't change the basic structure of the argument itself.
Test it.
Does it still sound fair and good?

Imagine me locking horns with some other guy.
You are just observing and eating popcorn, ok?

Now, let's say I make some statement in support of global warming.
The other guy dismisses my statement by claiming that I don't really believe my own statement because...I'm using the internet...or I use hot water to to take a shower...or I eat imported food...or I use air transportation...or something else like that.
Using the internet (etc) creates a carbon footprint, therefore I'm a hypocrite, therefore global warming is a scam.

Does that sound fair and reasonable to you?
Honestly?
It that the standard of discussion that you want to establish?
Don't do this.
Please.
It's wrong.

Cedric Katesby said...

(Apologies if this is a re-post.)

Cedric,
Look at Al Gore's house(s).


Allen, what you are doing is making a classic appeal to hypocrisy.

It's a fallacious argument.

It's a fallacious argument no matter to whom you direct it at or what cause you are trying to support/discredit.

You mustn't do this.

I'm NOT saying this because I accept global warming and you don't.

The subject matter is irrelevent.

It's the ARGUMENT ITSELF that is fatally flawed.

It doesn't matter if we are talking about global warming or the theory of evolution or vaccines or HIV or smoking cigarettes
.
An appeal to hypocrisy just doesn't work.
It's bad thinking.

It might feel good.
It might even sound good if you don't critically examine it too hard...but it's wrong.

This is not about me demonstrating that global warming is true.
Forget about global warming for a moment.

I'm talking about the basic structure of your argument.
It's flawed.

People who believe that aliens from the planet Nekthor are reading their thoughts, so they wear a tinfoil hat to block the transmissions? They are never seen without their tinfoil hats.

(grinds teeth in frustration)

Switch the targets around but don't change the basic structure of the argument itself.
Test it.
Does it still sound fair and good?

Imagine me locking horns with some other guy.
You are just observing and eating popcorn, ok?

Now, let's say I make some statement in support of global warming.
The other guy dismisses my statement by claiming that I don't really believe my own statement because...I'm using the internet...or I use hot water to to take a shower...or I eat imported food...or I use air transportation...or something else like that.
Using the internet (etc) creates a carbon footprint, therefore I'm a hypocrite, therefore global warming is a scam.

Does that sound fair and reasonable to you?
Honestly?
It that the standard of discussion that you want to establish?
Don't do this.
Please.
It's wrong.

Tim Lebsack said...

At any NATO Summit, it is necessary to project strength due to the Soviet menace.

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