America's UN ambassador, Susan Rice, must have a bottomless well of gall, given the way she chastised other Security Council members cold to the idea of declaring climate change a security matter meriting the council's attention.
US ambassador Susan Rice said Washington strongly believed the council "has an essential responsibility to address the clear-cut peace and security implications of a changing climate," and should "start now."
Speaking while negotiations on the statement were still deadlocked, Rice charged that the message of the council's silence to countries threatened by climate-induced disasters would be "in effect, 'Tough luck' ".
"This is more than disappointing. It's pathetic. It's shortsighted, and frankly it's a dereliction of duty."
Psst, Sue. You represent the United States of America, yeah - that America, the same America that has the highest per capita greenhouse gas emissions on the planet, the same America that has a "bought and paid for" corporatist Congress intent on sabotaging any measures to cut those emissions - those characters who declare climate change a "hoax." It's your country that, above all, is disappointing, pathetic, shortsighted and in dereliction of its duty to mankind.