Why doesn’t Bush play well with others?

October 7, 2007 at 7:58 pm 2 comments

Posted by: Joseph Hershey


Last month, President Bush addressed some important people at the Major Economies Meeting on Energy Security and Climate Change. The transcript can be found here.

I can’t help but wonder why anyone would think what Bush is doing here can be anything but co-opting the efforts of UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. I mean, didn’t we already have an agreement on who, what, when, why, and how we need to cut back on emissions as a global union? It was called the KYOTO agreement. The Bush man bowed out of signing up. His statement at the time ? It doesn’t serve the needs of the United States.

Granted, without primary greenhouse contributors like China and India on board, KYOTO probably wasn’t going to have much decisive long term impact over the next 20 yrs.

Please take a read of the President’s speech here. Tell me what you think. Am I right or am I wrong?

My favorite part is where he sets the goal of setting a goal by next summer.

My second favorite part is his plan to cut emissions by 20% in 10 years — as he says — the “20 by 10” program. 10 year out from next summer, would be what, 2018? Kyoto compelled for 20% by 2010.

My least favorite part is where he takes credit for the great work done by many in spite of his administration’s effort to squash them.

For example, 10 states so far have passed clean car legislation requiring higher fuel emission standards. I believe most of them are based on, or modeled after the California act passed 2 years ago. Recently, when challenged by the auto industry, a federal judge upheld the right of the Vermont State Legislature to make such laws.

The problem is, though, that even if the states can and do pass laws to restrict auto emissions within their sate, they can’t enforce these laws until the Federal EPA provides them with an exemption as stated by the law.

It’s been 2 years. Why can’t California enforce it’s legitimate right to require meaningful clean car standards?


Entry filed under: Global Warming.

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Ed  |  October 8, 2007 at 8:21 am

    Did he explain why it doesn’t meet the needs of the United States? That would be nice to know.

  • 2. thegreentax  |  October 8, 2007 at 2:02 pm

    His argument at that time, was that

    1) global warming was still under debate, and
    2) the cost of cutting green house gaes would put a big downer on the economy.

    Since then he’s made public statement that he believes global warming to be real and that the economy can be boosted by research and selling of technology to ourselves and so many “developing nations”. But he wants the US to get paid for exported green technology. He doesn’t agree that we owe it to the developing nations to help them out. I see him talking, but then I see him acting directly different and in contrast behind closed doors as a matter of policy.


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