Beware the Spin! Bush is Still a Do-Nothing on Climate

In this great analysis by David Roberts, we get a peek at the power of narrative to conceal key truths. Check it out:

Washington Post Greenwashes Bush

He hits the nail on the head with these conclusions...

Finally, here you have, out of 3,000 words, the one acknowledgment that the entire premise of the piece is bogus. The only thing "getting greener" is Bush's rhetoric. He's not doing anything greener, beyond the minimum necessary to create some positive spin and derail more substantial action. He shows zero signs of changing that course.

Baker didn't tell that story, though. All the facts necessary to tease it out are in there, if you read closely. But the story he told casual readers was the one Bush's spinners told him: Bush is going greener. That's the story most readers will remember.

Thus is the public misinformed. - Huffington Post

This excellent analysis reminds me of the break-down I did of Bush's first "Green" speech several months ago. For an enlightening bit of pleasure reading check out my article, Bush's Trade Barriers to Climate Success. We can't take this spin lying down... or it will roll right over us!

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