Where global leadership means stalling and heel-dragging

Mon, 2007-05-14 09:31Kevin Grandia
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Where global leadership means stalling and heel-dragging

A spokeswoman for the White House Council on Environment Quality told BBC today that, “the US continues to lead the global effort on climate change.”

Apparently “lead the global effort” somehow means culling language from a draft G8 summit document that would see member nations getting tough on greenhouse gas emissions. The BBC has obtained a document outlining plans for the US to, yet again, water down tough global action on climate change.

While the European Union has already adopted tough emission standards aiming to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 20% below 1990 levels, the US, as the world's largest emitter of greenhouse gas, continues to play with words instead of showing real commitment. 

Watch the US play diplomacy-by-exhaustion at the upcoming G8 with the result being a lot of tough talk, but little in the way of signed on the dotted line commitment.  

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