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Opinion: LEAK! Pelosi China speech to dodge human rights

May 27, 2009

Scott Ott, Examiner Columnist
The Washington Examiner
May 26, 2009

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-CA, in China this
week to advance Sino-American cooperation on
developing "clean energy" will comply with
President Barack Obama's pragmatic approach, and
overlook China's human rights violations and its suppression of Tibet.

Despite Pelosi's past vocal criticism of China's
appalling treatment of dissenters, she'll
reportedly focus solely on issues related to
greenhouse gases, assiduously avoiding what
Beijing and Washington call "counterproductive talk of human rights."

Below are excerpts of Pelosi's planned remarks to
the American Chamber of Commerce in Beijing
today, just days before the 20th anniversary of
the China's Tiananmen Square massacre of anti-communist protesters:

"History will judge how the Peoples' Republic of
China, and the United States of America
confronted the greatest threat the earth has ever
seen. I speak of global climate change, of course, and nothing more."

"Mankind has built great machines resulting in
rapid societal advances, but the stinking
byproduct of this progressive movement leaves
millions of people yearning to breathe freely. I
speak of greenhouse gases, of course, and nothing more."

"China's own leaders must certainly feel the heat
and sense the rising tide, that will eventually
overwhelm these shores. I speak of the melting
polar icecaps, of course, and nothing more."

"As the temperature rises, some species will not
survive. Once-dominant creatures that strode the
earth with confidence, will cower in crevices
unable to withstand the heat. I speak of mass
extinctions brought on by man-made climate change, and nothing more."

"There is still time to reverse this deadly
trend. China, free to bet on a better future, can
cut its filthy byproducts by dismantling the
obsolete machine, and unleashing the clean energy
of her as-yet-untapped resources -- the power of
sunlight and the wild sweeping wind of change. I
speak of alternative energy, of course, and nothing more."
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