Bush Calls for Action on Climate Change

April 21, 2008 02:16 PM
by findingDulcinea Staff
The president unveiled a plan Wednesday to cap emissions by 2025; however, developing nations and observers question his motives.

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Bush’s speech marked a sharp change in his climate change rhetoric, which previously focused on reducing the nation’s carbon intensity vis-à-vis the growth of the American economy. Carbon intensity has dropped 17 percent since 2002, well ahead of the 2012 target of 18 percent.

Myron Ebell, energy analyst for think tank Competitive Enterprise Institute said, “Thanks to conservative opposition, the president has stepped back from the most damaging proposals being considered.”

After his rejection of the Kyoto Protocol, international observers perceived Bush as indifferent to environmental issues. That perception was shared at home when Bush lifted  antipollution regulations at factories.

Reactions to Wednesday’s speech included phrases such as “half-baked” and “missed opportunity.”

See Reuters coverage

Headline Link: ‘Bush’s Climate Goals Vague—but a Start’

Video: Bush’s April 16 climate change speech

Background: Climate change’s costs

Reactions: ‘Taking Additional Action to Confront Climate Change’

Historical Context: Bush and climate change policy

Opinion & Analysis: Repackaged policy

Reference: U.N. climate change ‘roadmap’

Related Topics: Climate change dangers


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