Wow, when you get blasted by a German government minister, they get...well, anthropomorphic in their insults. The German official in question called American policies on global warming "Neanderthal." And Germans know their Neanderthals, that country was host of the first-known Neanderthal bones ever found.
I am not sure whether this is really a serious insult. Could it be a back-handed promotion? European left-wing cartoonists have long protrayed the current American President as a chimpanzee. From my reading of evolution--sorry, for those of you who do not believe in human evolution--the Neanderthal is a more recently evolved species and perhaps more intelligent than the chimp? Any primatologists who can weigh in here?
Climate Talks, U.S. Balks
The harsh words from Germany's Environmental Minister came after a meeting in Europe on reducing CO2 emissions. The American President presented his views there. Here's some of what the German minister said, ""Bush's Neanderthal speech...showed not leadership but losership. We are glad that there are also other voices in the United States."
The current American government has steadfastly refused to set any emission limits, as has China. The U.S. and China are 1-2, or perhaps 2-1, in CO2 emissions among all nations on earth. Global warming warnings often cite CO2 as a partial cause of the warming and as an emission that can be controlled by concerted human effort. Germany and all of the E.U. are currently signators to the Kyoto Protocol, while the U.S. and China have rebuffed any efforts to set standards on their emissions.
EU and US share one good thing