The State of California and the United Kingdom agreed to a pact  yesterday to create a carbon trading market as a means of pushing the development of new green technologies and battling global warming. UK Prime Minister Tony Blair and Califonia's Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger will also look to enhance the sharing of knowledge in the areas of economic and scientific research as it relates to climate change.
As reported widely , neither US President George Bush or his top enviro-advisor, James Connaughton, were able to attend due to "scheduling conflicts."
According to the White House official website , it appears that Bush snubbed Blair to attend a business roundtable in South Florida with his younger brother, Gov. Jeb Bush. Also on his schedule was a rah-rah event  at a US Coast Gaurd base and a tour of Miami ports .
Glad to see the US administration has its priorities straight.