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Bush saves climate – really!

This one is taken from Making Waves - Bush saves climate – really![/url:38477]

Here's another update from Daniel (one of our climate policy advisers). Title is his choice. I'm never sure when he's joking. Dry sense of humor and what:

Finally, Bush is doing something for the climate. On Friday, he announced that he wants to hold a conference[/url:38477] with the 15 or so biggest CO2 emitters in the world on September 27th-28th in Washington.

This is excellent news as it saves me - and no doubt countless others in Environment Ministries’, think tanks and other NGOs an extra flight to the United States. On September 24th most of us will already be in New York, for a high level meeting on climate change that UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon is hosting.

Flying being about the worst thing any of us can do to the planet, this is the first time I know off where Bush is really taking action to reduce carbon emissions. Not flying to the US one extra time will save me the emissions of several years of (average) car driving. (Yes, flying really is that bad...).

Make no mistake, though – that Bush is holding this “Gang of the Bad Emitters” meeting is no change of heart. Bush remains as opposed as ever to the globally binding deep emission cuts we so urgently need. His September meeting is part of the theatre Bush is putting on in order to look busy on climate issues until he finally leaves office next year.

That he is holding the meeting at all does show that he feels under pressure - but sadly not that he is willing to act. To the contrary! This meeting, just as the APEC one his pal John Howard is putting on at the beginning of September, is in fact a dangerous attempt to divert attention away from where the real action on climate change is and ought to be: the Kyoto Protocol.

At the G8 summit[/url:38477] in June, Bush was forced to claim that his "big emitters" meeting is a contribution to the wider UN process that must lead to a second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol, the only legally binding global treaty to cut greenhouse gas emissions. The Bush administration even had to repeat that claim when they announced the September date on Friday.

The reality is though, that they are still opposed to what the Kyoto Protocol is all about: internationally binding ceilings (called caps) on emissions. They say so quite openly and you can also see it in the language they use. They keep talking about Kyoto "expiring" in 2012, for example, suggesting that Kyoto is on the way out.

This is rubbish. Kyoto’s first phase will end in 2012, no more. Kyoto will persist and the current commitments simply need to be replaced by new ones. If the planet is to be saved, this ‘second commitment period’ will have to commit industrialized countries to at least a 30% cut of emissions by 2020. That's what I and the rest of the Climate Action Network[/url:38477] gang will be heading to the US in September to demand. Watch this space and help us getting our voice heard, by joining our energy revolution!

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I totally agree with that part which sais that Bush wants to draw attention to other environmental issues not so important.And I am definately sure he won't say anything to those guys about their harming the environment..No action will be taken by Bush,I'm sure of it!(maybe I do have a small hope,but I don't intend to be hopeful,Bush always disappoints people!)

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I wouldn't need a reward to start chasing this man...But he has body guards anf staff,I don't think I could reach him...Lol,I love this image!

No,I think Bush wont do anything for the environment unless he had a profit from doing so.. snare.gif

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I wouldn't need a reward to start chasing this man...But he has body guards anf staff,I don't think I could reach him...Lol,I love this image!

Go to google images and search "wanted bush" there are lots of images in very different languages

No,I think Bush wont do anything for the environment unless he had a profit from doing so..

You are right

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Well if they give award, I would find him don't worry... But with a little motive I'll find him too thumbup.gif Stupid bush... I'm waiting to see what will happen with it...

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Probably noone will be able to kill him,so he will die really old...But nontheless,I really hope he wont be president for too long.

Me tooooooO!!!! bush is further the worst president I've ever seen!!!

The only thing he does,is wars and stupid other things!!!

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I have no idea of how the political stage is in America, but I think that whoever elected next,can't be worse than bush...Is there a chance for the opposite??Cos if yes,I'd rather kill myself

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I have no idea of how the political stage is in America, but I think that whoever elected next,can't be worse than bush...Is there a chance for the opposite??Cos if yes,I'd rather kill myself

Don't worry, nobody can worse than bush. Maybe Osama would be worse, but he isn't american so you have nothing to worry about

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I really hope you are right,humanity wont survive if an even worse president rules such a powerful country...

There are very slim chances for such a thing,but they exist...

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I think that both of them can change the situation,if other stupid powerful people don't stop them...Because neither Bush nor any other president makes decisions by him/herself...I think there were quite many people behind Bush who supported his actions..

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I think that both of them can change the situation,if other stupid powerful people don't stop them...Because neither Bush nor any other president makes decisions by him/herself...I think there were quite many people behind Bush who supported his actions..

Yeah you're right, many companies exercise pressure in the president's office

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