Bush’s climate-change proposal is meaningless.

I do not understand all the fuss over President George W. Bush’s call for a round of talks about capping greenhouse-gas emissions among the 15 top emitters. How could anybody take seriously any document that contains a sentence like this one:

  • In creating a new framework, the major emitters will work together to develop a long-term global goal to reduce greenhouse gasses.

The only, and I mean only, thing of consequence in the thing is a deadline set after the 2008 presidential election. That’s all that matters.

Otherwise, he’s just joined Canada’s Conservatives in declaring the severity and urgency of the problem loudly in the hope that nobody will notice he’s not interested in solving it. This is a tactic, not a strategy.


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