by Plutonium Page
Sun Jul 3rd, 2005 at 12:39:29 PM EST
(Cross-posted at The Next Hurrah).
To put it simply, what the hell? From the Guardian:
A historic deal on climate change which would see the US sign up to cut greenhouse gas emissions was last night emerging after a day of frantic negotiations ahead of the G8 summit.
The draft text hammered out by officials meeting in London is expected to pledge the world's richest countries to wean themselves off fossil fuels - not just to save the planet, but to prevent a worldwide energy crisis.
An action plan to be unveiled at the Gleneagles summit this week will centre on a package to clean up land and air transport, and provide green technology to developing countries through a deal brokered by the World Bank.
The first hope of a breakthrough came yesterday as the White House finally conceded that human activity was at least the partial cause of global warming.
Recall that Bush administration G8 negotiators had modified a crucial G8 climate change document; specifially:
Under U.S. pressure, negotiators in the past month have agreed to delete language that would detail how rising temperatures are affecting the globe, set ambitious targets to cut carbon dioxide emissions and set stricter environmental standards for World Bank-funded power projects...
So, I think the Guardian is eating up the rhetoric, an example of which appears later in the article:
James Connaughton, senior environmental adviser to Bush in the White House, told The Observer yesterday that differences between the US and the rest of the world over climate change were negligible.
In a crucial admission over the link between human activity and global warming. he said: 'The President has made clear we know that the earth's surface is warming. We know there has been a significant rise of greenhouse gases, especially associated by increased use of energy. So it's caused by humans.
'We know that those greenhouse gases are associated to some degree with the phenomenon of the earth's surface temperature rising.'
Please excuse my cynicism, but that's just typical Bush administration propaganda. Why the hell would anyone believe that? I've written several pieces on the GOP war on climate change science, specifically through the oil/energy lobby:
In other words, there is ample evidence that the Bush administration can't possibly be telling the truth when they say they believe that greenhouse emissions "are associated to some degree with the phenomenon of the earth's surface temperature rising." and are related to human activity.
Dear Guardian: don't believe the spin. And do not listen to the President, who said in a Times of London interview:
I believe that greenhouse gases are creating a problem, a long-term problem that we've got to deal with. And we are -- step one of dealing with it is to fully understand the nature of the problem so that the solutions that follow make sense.
He's simply saying what his administration has said all along, that the jury is still out on global warming.