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Bush derails G8 climate initiatives

The White House effectively derailed climate change initiatives being discussed at the G8 summit meeting in a Baltic Sea resort Wednesday, the New York Times reported. The initiative was backed by one of President Bush's strongest European allies, Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany.

The White House said it would resist pressure to committ to long-term targets in national greenhouse gas emission, which was one of Chancellor Merkel's main priorities at the annual meeting of the world's eight wealthiest nations.

Wednesday's tension only begins the week of massive protesting in the seaside German town of Heiligendamm, with an important meeting between President Bush and Russia's President Vladimir Putin slated for Thursday. White House relations with Russia have been suffering lately and Thursday's private meeting in intended to discuss some of those differences.