Even if President Bush’s new proposal to set global emission goals is a smoke screen, it puts the administration on record in acknowledging the need to reduce our greenhouse-gas emissions and wanting to be part of a global solution. As British Prime Minister Tony Blair noted, that’s "a big step forward."
Bush said today that he wants 15 major nations — which, unlike the 1997 Kyoto Protocol, would include China and India — to agree to emission-reduction targets by the end of next year. "The United States takes this issue seriously," he said.
But environmental groups are understandably skeptical, given the administration track record of foot-dragging. "This is a transparent effort to divert attention from the president’s refusal to accept any emissions-reductions proposals at next week’s G-8 summit," said National Environmental Trust president Philip Clapp.
Posted by Phillip Brownlee
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