Tuesday, December 18, 2007

The Bali Fallacy

Browsing the Nat'l Newswatch this morning I came across the following para from the Ottawa Citizen:
Not that posturing is wrong: it's the very first step toward reaching any agreement on anything, and it's important to understand what everyone's thinking when 180-some countries are trying to agree on something as complex as a treaty to take over from the Kyoto Accord when it runs out in 2012.
180-some countries? (actually 192) involved in coming up with a solution?
Try getting four people to agree on where to have lunch...

But that's not my point. My point is that 188 of these countries don't matter; can add nothing to the solution and aren't part of the problem (assuming there actually is one).

The debate (and that's all it is - a cruise, booze, shmooze and snooze fest) should only have been between US, China, India and Russia. No body else matters. So why is anybody else involved? (Except for the cruise, booze, etc., of course.)

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