Bush Administration derails Germany’s climate-change initiative at G-8 summit

Thu, 2007-06-07 11:06Bill Miller
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Bush Administration derails Germany’s climate-change initiative at G-8 summit

President Bush locked horns with one of his strongest European allies, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, by blocking her bid for concrete long-term targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

At the Group of 8 annual meeting in Germany, Merkel is advocating a plan to cut emissions in half by 2050 and to limit the rise in global temperature to two degrees Celsius. But Bush’s chief environmental adviser, James L. Connaughton, said the U.S. would not accept Merkel’s terms.

Merkel has staked her reputation on making real and significant progress on global warming during this year’s meeting. Bush said he intended to convene major polluting nations, including China and India, in meetings to set long-term goals by the end of 2008.

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The Obama Administration is pursuing an international climate agreement that would be “politically binding” but would not be a treaty requiring ratification by two-thirds of the U.S. Senate.

Meanwhile, China has announced it will create a national cap-and-trade program.

These two facts amount to a stunning juxtaposition. China, currently the world’s largest emitter of greenhouse gas pollution, is taking decisive action to lower...

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