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A Michigan Democrat wants to slash carbon emissions up to 80 per cent by 2050 by hiking gas taxes and ending mortgage-tax deductions for large houses. The measures are part of a multi-tiered bill that will be introduced September 1 before the Congressional committee that handles legislation around global warming.
The US is set to engage in international climate change talks in Sept. with some of the world's highest emitters of greenhouse gasses. What could be seen as a step forward for the US is being marred by the Bush administration's abysmal climate change action track record.
Bush is in favour of voluntary (versus mandatory) caps on emissions which has been one of the main reasons for distancing the US from the Kyoto Accord and while he has agreed to develop a US global warming strategy, it conveniently falls less than one month before he leaves office.
As well as refusing to sign the international treaty he has repeatedly blamed India and China, two of the highest emitters in the world, for his country's own stalled efforts. Nothing says self proclaimed world leader better than passing the buck does Georgie.