Bush and Global Warming
The president gave a speech on climate change and pollution at a U.S. lead conference of major economic powers on Friday. The Washington Post reports the president claimed he takes the threat of climate change seriously and vowed that the United States "will do its part" to reduce the greenhouse gases that are warming the planet. This comes after years of him being on the defensive and expressing doubt about global warming. According to the WP Bush found himself largely isolated at a meeting that he had organized to address the issue, lambasted by foreign officials, U.S. lawmakers and environmental activists who saw his effort as more show than substance. According to the LA Times the president insisted on voluntary goals for reducing pollution levels, which he said could be met largely through new technology that would create "an age of clean energy." Critics of his stance disagree and say some form of mandatory limit on emissions is needed. The LA Times reports the president set a two-year deadline for nations at the conference to reach a consensus on how to cut emissions, a schedule that punts the decision to his successor.