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Bush calls for global emissions goals
AP on Yahoo ^ | 5/31/07 | Terence Hunt - ap

Posted on 05/31/2007 9:55:41 AM PDT by NormsRevenge

WASHINGTON - President Bush, seeking to blunt international criticism of the U.S. record on climate change, on Thursday urged 15 major nations to agree by the end of next year on a global target for reducing greenhouse gases.

Bush called for the first in a series of meetings to begin this fall, bringing together countries identified as major emitters of greenhouse gases blamed for global warming. The list would include the United States, China, India and major European countries. After setting a goal, the nations would be free to develop their own strategies to meet the target.

The president outlined his proposal in a speech ahead of next week's summit in Germany of leading industrialized nations, where global warming is to be a major topic and Bush will be on the spot.

The United States has refused to ratify the landmark 1997 Kyoto Protocol requiring industrialized countries to reduce greenhouse gases to 1990 levels by 2012. Developing countries, including China and India, were exempted from that first round of cuts. Bush rejected the Kyoto approach, as well as the latest German proposal for what happens after 2012.

"The United States takes this issue seriously," Bush said. "The new initiative I'm outlining today will contribute to the important dialogue that will take place in Germany next week."

Environmental groups were quick to criticize Bush's plan.

Friends of the Earth president Brent Blackwelder called the proposal "a complete charade. It is an attempt to make the Bush administration look like it takes global warming seriously without actually doing anything to curb emissions."

National Environmental Trust president Philip Clapp said, "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. After sitting out talks on global warming for years, the Bush administration doesn't have very much credibility with other governments on the issue. "

And, Daniel J. Weiss, climate strategy director for the liberal Center for American Progress, said the Bush administration has a "do-nothing" policy on global warming despite U.S. allies' best efforts to spur U.S. reductions.

British Prime Minister Tony Blair called Bush's plan "a big step forward."

"For the first time America's saying it wants to be part of a global deal," Blair said in Johannesburg, South Africa, speaking to Sky News. "For the first time it's setting its own domestic targets. For the first time it's saying it wants a global target for the reduction of emissions, and therefore for the first time I think the opportunity for a proper global deal."

Along with his call for a global emissions goal, Bush urged other nations to eliminate tariffs on clean energy technologies.

Germany, which holds the European Union and Group of Eight presidencies, is proposing a target allowing global temperatures to increase no more than 2 degrees Celsius — the equivalent of 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit — before being brought back down. Practically, experts have said that means a global reduction in emissions of 50 percent below 1990 levels by 2050.

Instead, Bush called for nations to hold a series of meetings, beginning this fall, to set a global emissions goal. Each nation then would have to decide on how to achieve the goal, White House officials said.

"The United States will work with other nations to establish a new framework for greenhouse gas emissions for when the Kyoto Protocol expires in 2012," the president said.

"So my proposal is this: By the end of next year, America and other nations will set a long-term global goal for reducing greenhouse gases. To develop this goal, the United States will convene a series of meetings of nations that produce the most greenhouse gasses, including nations with rapidly growing economies like India and China.

"Each country would establish midterm management targets and programs that reflect their own mix of energy sources and future energy needs," he said. "In the course of the next 18 months, our nations will bring together industry leaders from different sectors of our economies, such as power generation, and alternative fuels and transportation."

James Connaughton, chairman of the White House Council on Environmental Quality, rejected charges that the U.S. was dragging its feet in the fight against climate change.

"This is actually accelerating it," he said. "If we wanted to put things off further, you'd have annual meetings at the U.N. for the next five years. If you want to accelerate it, we do a lot of groundwork in between the U.N. meetings so we can bring the work product to the U.N. meetings."

The U.S. last year experienced a drop in emissions of carbon dioxide, the heat-trapping gas most blamed for global warming. The 1.3 percent decline from 2005, the first drop in 11 years, was due to a mild winter and a cool summer, along with other factors including greater industrial efficiency and increased capacity of nuclear power plants.

Carbon dioxide is produced from burning fossil fuels, including natural gas and coal, which are used widely to produce electricity.

While Bush announced his new proposal, the administration registered its opposition to the idea of a global carbon-trading program allowing countries to buy and sell carbon credits to meet limits on carbon dioxide levels. The White House also expressed opposition to the energy efficiency targets advocated by the EU.


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KEYWORDS: bush; climatechange; emissions; g8; global; globalwarming; goals; kyoto
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President Bush outlines his proposal for major nations to agree on a global emissions goal for greenhouse gases, during a speech ahead of next week's summit in Germany of leading industrialized nations, Thursday, May 31,2007, at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)


1 posted on 05/31/2007 9:55:42 AM PDT by NormsRevenge
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To: NormsRevenge
Why doesn't he just change parties while he’s about it.
2 posted on 05/31/2007 9:58:47 AM PDT by chaos_5 (1-800-882-2005 Amnesty Hot-line!)
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To: NormsRevenge

When does the President announce the change in his party affiliation to Democrat?


3 posted on 05/31/2007 9:59:26 AM PDT by sgtbono2002 (I'm gonna vote for Fred. John Bolton for VP.)
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To: NormsRevenge
Friends of the Earth president Brent Blackwelder called the proposal "a complete charade. It is an attempt to make the Bush administration look like it takes global warming seriously without actually doing anything to curb emissions."

There they go, getting our hopes up. :)

4 posted on 05/31/2007 10:00:05 AM PDT by M203M4 (What I wanna see is a pro-war ("kill the bastards") Ron Paul. Pacifism is suicide.)
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To: sgtbono2002

When does the President announce the change in his party affiliation to Democrat?

Some fail to see any difference.


5 posted on 05/31/2007 10:01:14 AM PDT by WhiteGuy (GOP Congress - 16,000 earmarks costing US $50 billion in 2006 - PAUL2008)
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To: NormsRevenge

Well, well ... the mask has come all the way off now. He’s morphing into a DUmmie to get this immigration deal passed.


6 posted on 05/31/2007 10:02:10 AM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: NormsRevenge

You guys took the words right out of my mouth. What is up with this guy? Bush can’t run for re-election, so why cave to the liberals? I guess the Repubs, including Bush, are starting to believe the NBC, CNN and USA Today Polls and think that’s what mainstream Americans want. What a ho!


7 posted on 05/31/2007 10:02:32 AM PDT by deathrace2000 ("I regret that I have but one life to give for my country", Nathan Hale before execution.)
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To: NormsRevenge

Every day Bush putresces before our eyes.


8 posted on 05/31/2007 10:03:07 AM PDT by N. Theknow (Kennedys - Can't drive, can't fly, can't ski, can't skipper a boat - But they know what's best.)
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To: NormsRevenge

He who stands for everything, stands for nothing.


9 posted on 05/31/2007 10:03:31 AM PDT by SpaceBar
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To: N. Theknow

He has lost my support. I say throw him to the wolves and start over in 08. I never understood why he didn’t fight the Dims, now I do.


10 posted on 05/31/2007 10:04:40 AM PDT by rightwingextremist1776
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To: sgtbono2002
When does the President announce the change in his party affiliation to Democrat?

No kidding. This guy is morphing into Mr. Hyde at an alarming rate.

11 posted on 05/31/2007 10:05:04 AM PDT by TChris (The Republican Party is merely the Democrat Party's "away" jersey - Vox Day)
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To: NormsRevenge

I have stood by this guy time and again. . . no more. I will be so glad when Jan. 20, 2009 rolls around.


12 posted on 05/31/2007 10:05:28 AM PDT by GodBlessRonaldReagan (Big dog, big dog, bow-wow-wow! We'll crush crime, now, now, now!)
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To: M203M4

Bush is really losing it!!!

After 6+ years he still hasn’t learned that trying to appease the other side just encourages them to kick him harder. In the process he loses even more support and respect from those that used to be on his side.

Watch for new low approval numbers!!!


13 posted on 05/31/2007 10:06:13 AM PDT by aquila48
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To: chaos_5

I think George must have an evil twin. Just how would electing Algore have been any worse than this?


14 posted on 05/31/2007 10:07:25 AM PDT by gcruse
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To: NormsRevenge; TommyDale

I would be eternally grateful if he would just curb his liberal emissions lately. He is very irritating.


15 posted on 05/31/2007 10:07:37 AM PDT by dforest (Fighting the new liberal Conservatism. The Left foot in the GOP door.)
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To: NormsRevenge; indylindy; Liz

Normally, Bush would be regarded as a lame duck. However, he now qualifies as a plucked chicken. If he really wants to do something about Global Emissions, he should shut his pie hole.


16 posted on 05/31/2007 10:07:41 AM PDT by TommyDale (More Americans are killed each day in the U.S. by abortion than were killed on 9/11 !)
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To: NormsRevenge
I agree completely with this series of meetings and summits...

presuming that attending there are representatives of the Sun, and that they take a big role in contributions to global warming decreases.

17 posted on 05/31/2007 10:08:02 AM PDT by C210N (Bush SPIED, Terrorists DIED!)
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To: GodBlessRonaldReagan
"allowing global temperatures to increase no more than 2 degrees Celsius — the equivalent of 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit — before being brought back down."

I couldn't believe this quote. What kind of arrogant fool thinks we as humans have to power to "allow" the earth to do anything?

18 posted on 05/31/2007 10:08:17 AM PDT by boop (Now Greg, you know I don't like that WORD!)
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To: TommyDale; NormsRevenge
If he really wants to do something about Global Emissions, he should shut his pie hole.

Here, Here!. Can you hear me clapping?

19 posted on 05/31/2007 10:09:41 AM PDT by dforest (Fighting the new liberal Conservatism. The Left foot in the GOP door.)
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To: NormsRevenge

It’s ironic how liberals are disgusted with Bush because they think he’s a conservative, and we conservatives are disgusted with him because we know he’s liberal. He’s everything I feared during the 2000 primaries that he would be.


20 posted on 05/31/2007 10:12:52 AM PDT by mikeus_maximus (Why are we importing Mexican socialists?)
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To: NormsRevenge
My 2002 Elantra has been to the mechanic no less than ten times for the check engine light. My mechanic calls it the Gore Light because in almost all cases the light goes on because of the car not meeting the tough emission standards required by law. In my case it has been tiny emissions leaks in seals of valves associated with the fuel system. Even with these leeks, the car is much cleaner than a car built 10 years earlier. I can’t imagine what will happen if the requirements get tougher.
21 posted on 05/31/2007 10:14:20 AM PDT by NavyCanDo
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To: NormsRevenge

Of the Georges, it’s thought that the first
Although bad was by no means the worst.
..The second seems mad
..His judgment so bad,
Revolution redux is rehearsed.


22 posted on 05/31/2007 10:18:00 AM PDT by tumblindice (Dubya & the Swimmer: now there's an unholy union. What the hell's going on here?)
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To: sgtbono2002

I think Bush should phone in the last year and 1/2 as President, just as his father did. These elitists dont have much in the tank I guess.???


23 posted on 05/31/2007 10:18:12 AM PDT by samadams2000 (Someone important make......The Call!)
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To: NormsRevenge
What’s happening to this man is one of the saddest things I've ever witnessed.

Either he's been lying all along, or he's surrounded by demons. Either way, 1/20/2009 can't come fast enough.

And I never want to see Karl flipping Rove within five miles of 1600 Pennsylvania again.

24 posted on 05/31/2007 10:19:48 AM PDT by WhistlingPastTheGraveyard
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To: NormsRevenge
"Friends of the Earth president Brent Blackwelder called the proposal "a complete charade. It is an attempt to make the Bush administration look like it takes global warming seriously without actually doing anything to curb emissions." '

Maybe because they're more like Friends of the Commies.
25 posted on 05/31/2007 10:20:05 AM PDT by Chi-townChief
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To: GodBlessRonaldReagan

"Wow. George Bush!!!! Is there ANYTHING Democrats demand he won't give away?"

26 posted on 05/31/2007 10:20:34 AM PDT by Diogenesis (Igitur qui desiderat pacem, praeparet bellum)
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To: NormsRevenge

When being a moderate doesn’t work, take a sharp turn left. What a moron!


27 posted on 05/31/2007 10:20:40 AM PDT by meyer (RNC, DNC, two sides of the same coin.)
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To: NormsRevenge

When will this love affair with junk science end???

A Fred Thompson Presidency can’t come soon enough, I have no respect for the intellectually lazy who sign on the junk science bandwagon looking for the approval of those who hate them.


28 posted on 05/31/2007 10:23:19 AM PDT by word_warrior_bob (You can now see my amazing doggie and new puppy on my homepage!! Come say hello to Jake & Sonny)
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To: gcruse
I think George must have an evil twin. Just how would electing Algore have been any worse than this?

Electing Gore would have simply accelerated the demise of this country, and would have allowed old codgers like me an opportunity to make a difference in the upcoming civil war. This country is disintegrating before our eyes.

29 posted on 05/31/2007 10:23:44 AM PDT by meyer (RNC, DNC, two sides of the same coin.)
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To: NormsRevenge

First Aids and now Kyoto. Yep, Bush is in full bore, full time legacy mode.


30 posted on 05/31/2007 10:24:17 AM PDT by Non-Sequitur (Save Fredericksburg. Support CVBT.)
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To: gcruse
Just how would electing Algore have been any worse than this?

With Bush, full insanity was reached in 6 years. Al had it from the start.

31 posted on 05/31/2007 10:25:22 AM PDT by kidd
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To: NormsRevenge

Sigh.

Micheal Savage is starting to make sense.


32 posted on 05/31/2007 10:26:24 AM PDT by kidd
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To: NormsRevenge

No More Bushes.


33 posted on 05/31/2007 10:27:32 AM PDT by Mr Ramsbotham (Laws against sodomy are honored in the breech.)
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To: chaos_5

Why am I beginning to feel like the victim of a gang beating?

Bipartisanship seems to be another way of saying “Sacks on!”


34 posted on 05/31/2007 10:28:38 AM PDT by Old Professer (The critic writes with rapier pen, dips it twice, and writes again.)
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To: NormsRevenge

Global warming, more money for AIDS, and letting any criminal who has the desire to walk across our borders. Nice.


35 posted on 05/31/2007 10:29:45 AM PDT by Moonman62 (The issue of whether cheap labor makes America great should have been settled by the Civil War.)
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To: indylindy

Take that gas pump hose out of your hand and try again.


36 posted on 05/31/2007 10:30:14 AM PDT by Old Professer (The critic writes with rapier pen, dips it twice, and writes again.)
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To: NormsRevenge

El Presidente Jorge Bush, he eez de proud weener of de.......

While those he cares most about demonstrate their support....


38 posted on 05/31/2007 10:32:06 AM PDT by ChildOfThe60s (If you can remember the 60s........you weren't really there)
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To: NormsRevenge

PROTECTING NATIONAL SECURITY. That reminds me of that terrible economic speech he gave in front of the boxes with the fake "made in the USA" labels on them.

39 posted on 05/31/2007 10:32:16 AM PDT by Moonman62 (The issue of whether cheap labor makes America great should have been settled by the Civil War.)
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To: Old Professer

What’s that supposed to mean?


40 posted on 05/31/2007 10:32:16 AM PDT by dforest (Fighting the new liberal Conservatism. The Left foot in the GOP door.)
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To: Cicero

Maybe a photochopper could morph a Alfred E Newman head on the kid waving the flag.. ;-)


41 posted on 05/31/2007 10:32:26 AM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... For want of a few good men, a once great nation was lost.)
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To: NormsRevenge

I hate that I was right about this guy.


42 posted on 05/31/2007 10:34:51 AM PDT by Glenn (Free Venezuela!)
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To: indylindy

The blame supposedly lies with us, the consumers, Bush is just facing reality.


43 posted on 05/31/2007 10:35:14 AM PDT by Old Professer (The critic writes with rapier pen, dips it twice, and writes again.)
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To: NavyCanDo
I can’t imagine what will happen if the requirements get tougher.

Let me help. Your next car will have a sticker price in the mid-$30,000 range for a stripped down, basic vehicle. When I was in 6th grade (1966), a VW bug sold for $2,000 new. By the time I was graduated from high school, the 1973 Old Omega (inline 6, manual 3-speed, manual steering) was offered for $4,600. Big increases due to air pollution control devices. My "no frills" 1985 T-Bird left the showroom for $13,000. More inflation and emissions control. I just purchased a 2008 Mercury Mariner Hybrid. $32,000 out the door. About $4,000 of that was fancy navigation, leather seats, "moon" roof. The non-hybrid V6 without the extra trim package leaves the showroom at around $23,000.

The new rules are going to significantly jack up the price and the auto manufacturers will strip away everything possible to keep the price "affordable".

44 posted on 05/31/2007 10:37:44 AM PDT by Myrddin
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To: Old Professer
The blame supposedly lies with us, the consumers, Bush is just facing reality.

Bush is losing touch with reality. I am not. Unlike Bush, my stand on the issue hasn't changed to the liberal view in order to gain approval.

45 posted on 05/31/2007 10:39:13 AM PDT by dforest (Fighting the new liberal Conservatism. The Left foot in the GOP door.)
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To: NormsRevenge

Actually, I think this is a brilliant move. If people REALLY care about the environment, they’d support any “move” by the US and enourage more.

However, based upon the reactions of the Gore-fold it becomes abundantly clear that they do not stand for actual real-world solutions. It’s all about social control.

If they cared about “global warming” they would demand China participate as well as the US, in any way, shape, or form. Fighting against this, their hypocrisy is quickly exposed.


46 posted on 05/31/2007 10:44:57 AM PDT by PugetSoundSoldier (Tagline: Kinda like a chorus line but without the legs)
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To: gcruse

Presumably, the Republicans would have fought against Gore’s agenda, which they have failed to do in several cases with Bush. You can never know what that future would have been like, but we probably would have retained both houses. I don’t know that the Senate would have fought hard against his horrible Supreme Court choices. It’s scary to think of Gore in charge during 9/11, but I believe the road would have taken him to Iraq just as it did Bush. The only benefit there would be that the Democrats and the MSM would actually be supportive of the action, but having Gore-picked people in charge is too much to contemplate. Finally, I don’t think illegal immigration would have been pushed so hard under Gore, because I don’t think it’s his issue like it is with Bush. Bush has been talking this crap since he was governor, and it alarmed me even then. I didn’t see much choice at the time, but I wasn’t happy to cast a vote for a guy who proclaimed, “The children of illegals WILL be educated in MY state as long as I’M governor,” in that vindictive tone we’ve unfortunately come to know so well. Of course, Gore’s issue is global alarmism, and I’m sure he’d be ramrodding that through with the same gusto and the same disastrous result as Bush and this immigration nightmare.


47 posted on 05/31/2007 10:54:36 AM PDT by Rastus
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To: NormsRevenge
WASHINGTON - President Bush, seeking to blunt international criticism of the U.S. record on climate change, on Thursday urged 15 major nations to agree by the end of next year on a global target for reducing greenhouse gases.

SOB ought to just call himself a dhimmicrat and get it over with. Why the hell did we vote GOP again?

48 posted on 05/31/2007 10:55:49 AM PDT by Centurion2000 (Killing all of your enemies without mercy is the only sure way of sleeping soundly at night.)
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To: NormsRevenge

Plus this man has dictorial power now making him king......


49 posted on 05/31/2007 11:01:51 AM PDT by X-Ecutioner (A Ron Paul supporter and a Alex Jones fan)
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To: NormsRevenge
the United States will convene a series of meetings of nations that produce the most greenhouse gasses, including nations with rapidly growing economies like India and China.

Cool. The President is including China and India on this.

This ensures that reforms will happen at a snail's pace which gives the good scientists time to rebut the global warming theory.

The President is doing the right thing IMO. Not ignoring the issue, but not aggressively pushing it either.

50 posted on 05/31/2007 11:11:12 AM PDT by what's up
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