Apparently speaking directly to Canadians, Gore referenced Wayne Gretzky and Bobby Hull, two of Canada's greatest hockey players, during remarks that suggested the world should move forward without the U.S.
"One of the most famous ice-hockey players in history was asked the secret of why he was so good," Gore said. "He was the best passer in the history of the game, Bobby Hull. Others might disagree (and say) Wayne Gretzky.
"And he said in response to the question: 'I don't pass the puck to where they are -- I pass the puck to where they're going to be'."
"Over the next two years, the United States is going to be somewhere it is not now. You must anticipate that."
The last line is most telling, Gore essentially warns Canada that it has aligned itself with a lame duck.
Gore's diplomatic grace wasn't shared by everyone. Baird gave his speech today in Bali, the highlight of which was probably the bizarre "canada is determined to honour our commitments..." Who knew? Others, put conventional discourse aside, with scathing comments for Canada:
"So right after this speech, Bangladesh's representative came out to call Canada's position immoral, dishonest, working against the interests of the planet and working against the interests of individual Canadians," Chao said.
"These are very harsh words from diplomats and officials that usually try to take a diplomatic road."
Baird's speech said he endorsed the conclusions of the IPCC. The IPCC doesn't endorse Baird:
In addition, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, a body that won the Nobel Peace Prize along with former U.S. president Al Gore, slammed Canada's position.
"The members, on learning that Canada was trying to set targets at 2006 levels, said that Canada was being misleading and trying to undermine the trust of the talks here among nations," Chao said.
How anyone can defend this government is beyond me.