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The Speech Obama Should Have Given

December 23rd, 2009 by Dave · 3 Comments

A couple of weeks ago, George Monbiot wrote the speech that Obama should give at Copenhagen. Needless to say, that speech was not given. Still, it could be used as an interesting way to bring the failed climate summit into a class. It could even be a way to practice should + have + past participle.

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3 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Karenne Sylvester // Dec 23, 2009 at 1:53 pm

    Great idea, Dave – will look for a way to use this next year.

    Take care,

  • 2 Jim // Jan 26, 2010 at 8:41 am

    One of the reasons I chose to enter into ESL is that while living outside the USA I am not bombarded with the constant PC, Activist, AGW, Liberal values nonsense that permeates US education and media.

    Whilst I admire your desire to effect change, that you chose to do so on the side AGW (a massive hoax and a lie, plain and simple. Read the CRU emails that came to light a few months ago…), is troubling in the least.

    The last thing I want is the PC drivel that is crippling the West to enter into Asian ESL classes. I am teaching ESL to escape the virus that is Western PC thought, not to spread it.

  • 3 Dave // Jan 26, 2010 at 9:00 am

    I have to admit, I never really understand people who are “skeptics” of the idea that humans have contributed to climate change.

    Do you REALLY think it is possible for humans to have burned millions of years worth of energy (in the form of fossil fuels) in a very short time, releasing waste products into the atmosphere, with NO negative impact? Nature tends not to give something for nothing.

    What is the downside of trying to reign in our fossil fuel consumption?

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