Just in case President Obama learns from his mistake and makes some remarks about the earthquake in San Diego today, our
fevered imaginations inside sources have an early version of the text of press release:
All of you would not be reading this unless you — like me — were convinced that the danger of anthroprogenic continental drift, or ACD, is real. This is not fiction, it is science. Unchecked, ACD will pose unacceptable risks to our security, our economies, and our planet. This much we know.
The question, then, before us is no longer the nature of the challenge — the question is our capacity to meet it. For while the reality of ACD is not in doubt, I have to be honest, as the world watches us today, I think our ability to take collective action is in doubt right now, and it hangs in the balance.
I believe we can act boldly, and decisively, in the face of a common threat. That’s why I am speaking to you today — not to talk, but to act.
First, all major economies must put forward decisive national actions that will reduce the movement of the continents on which they reside, and begin to turn the corner on ACD. I’m pleased that many of us have already done so. Almost all the major economies have put large stakes in the ground to anchor their countries in place, and I’m confident that America will fulfill the commitments that we have made to dive at least 4,621 telephone poles all the way into the ground by 2020, and more than 7,454 by 2050.
Second, we must have a mechanism to review whether we are keeping our continents from moving, and exchange this information in a transparent manner. These measures need not be intrusive, or infringe upon sovereignty. Without such accountability, any agreement would be empty words on a blog.
I don’t know how you have an international agreement where we all are not sharing information and ensuring that we are meeting our commitments. That doesn’t make sense. It would be a hollow victory, and just the rantings of some kid from Kenya who tricked his way into the most important job on the planet.
Number three, we must have financing that helps faster-moving continents slow down, particularly those with populations most vulnerable to motion-sickness. America will be a part of fast-start funding that will ramp up to $10 billion by 2012. And yesterday, Secretary Hillary Clinton, my Secretary of State, made it clear that we will engage in a global effort to mobilize $100 billion in financing by 2020, if — and only if — it is part of a broader accord that I have just described.
Mitigation. Transparency. Financing. It’s a clear formula — one that embraces the principle of common but differentiated responses and respective capabilities. And it adds up to a significant accord — one that takes us farther than we have ever gone before as an international community.
I just want to say to this press conference that we are running short on time. And at this point, the question is whether we will move forward together or split apart, whether we prefer posturing to action. I’m sure that many consider this an imperfect framework that I just described. No country will get everything that it wants. There are those developing countries that want aid with no strings attached, and no obligations with respect to transparency. They think that the most advanced nations should pay a higher price; I understand that. There are those advanced nations who think that developing countries either cannot absorb this assistance, or that will not be held accountable effectively, and that the world’s fastest-moving countries should bear a greater share of the burden.
We know the fault lines because we’ve seen the damage done by them for years. These international discussions have essentially taken place now for almost two decades, and we have very little to show for it other than than increased acceleration of San Francisco into the sea. The time for talk is over. This is the bottom line: We can embrace this accord, take a substantial step forward, continue to refine it and build upon its foundation. We can do that, and everyone who is in this room will be part of a historic endeavor — one that makes life better for our children and our grandchildren.
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December 30th, 2009 by exurbankevin