Apparently yielding to growing international pressure, including that from next week’s G8 summit in
Bush announced that his new plan would involve a separate summit of 15 countries this fall, which may include
The new German targets, which target a maximum average global temperature increase of 3.6 degrees, would require, by 2050, a worldwide 50-percent reduction in carbon dioxide emissions from 1990 levels, according to the Associated Press.
Bush rejects the idea of carbon-dioxide emission caps, and also the idea of an international carbon-trading market. The President has said that he had rejected
The President emphasized technology as a way of meeting the challenges of increased energy demands with respect to global climate change, and said that nations should set goals “that reflect their own mix of energy sources and future energy needs.”
Opponents were quick to tag the President’s plan as a way of diverting attention from the newly proposed targets, and were quick to point out that the President’s plan includes no framework for enforcement. Furthermore, each country would be left to set its own system for meeting the goals.
Meanwhile, NASA administrator Michael Griffin, a Bush administration appointee, didn’t deny the validity of global warming but stoked new flames by saying on National Public Radio that it’s not necessarily in the power of human beings to assume that the climate of the planet doesn’t change, and to assume that the climate we currently have is the optimal one.
U.S. carbon dioxide emissions actually fell from 2005 to 2006, due to a combination of factors including weather and the increased use of nuclear power plants.
Flint: Forget Chrysler, CAFE Matters More by Jerry Flint (5/16/2007)
Fuel economy demands are more important right now.
At Witz’ End: No Consensus on Global Warming by Gary Witzenburg (5/15/2007)
The earth is warming – but we’re not at fault.
Cargirl: On CO2, Something’s Gonna Give by Kate McLeod (5/9/2007)
The CO2 argument is moving, like it or not.
Sen. Comm. Approves 35-MPG CAFE by Joseph Szczesny (5/8/2007)
Will a full bill reach the President?