Six former chiefs of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, who gathered this week to celebrate the agency's 35th birthday, took some time off to bash the current administration for its myopic position on climate change.
“We need leadership, and I don't think we're getting it,” said Russell Train, EPA chief under Presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford, talking about global warming. “To sit back and just push it away and say we'll deal with it sometime down the road is dishonest to the people and self-destructive.”According to reports only the current chief administrator stood up to defend President George W. Bush's record.
Brace yourself and check out our colleague Ross Gelbspan’s blog today, where he has picked up a U.K. story about James Lovelock, the scientist and green guru who conceived the notion of Gaia. In it, Lovelock says that we have already done too much damage to the climate system to correct in time.
The Globe and Mail offers this report:
”The automobile industry may be able to meet a highly touted, voluntary Kyoto agreement to curb greenhouse gas emissions without doing anything extra to improve the fuel efficiency of millions of cars on Canadian roads, a study by a U.S. researcher warns.”
In a fact-bashing roundup, one of Australia's biggest newspapers has embarrassed itself in delighted support of the Asia-Pacific Partnership on Clean Development and Climate conference held there last week.The Australian announced in this Editorial that climate change isn't proven; and that, if it is proven, it's too expensive to address by seeking an agreeable global mandate.