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BUSH REJECTS ACTION ON CLIMATE CHANGE - Jul 4 2005

 

 

Edinburgh/London - President Bush's pledge to put US interests ahead of significant action to tackle climate change has been greeted with anger by Friends of the Earth International. The environmental campaign group is urging the remaining G8 leaders to isolate the US administration at the G8 talks this week.

 

Speaking in a TV interview tonight, President Bush is reported to have accepted that climate change is "a significant long-term issue we've got to deal with" and is man-made "to a certain extent". But he will refuse to support any moves for binding cuts in greenhouse gases. "If this looks like Kyoto, the answer is no. [Kyoto] would have destroyed our economy."

 

Friends of the Earth International vice chair, Tony Juniper, said "The Bush Administration's policies on climate change are shortsighted, negligent and immoral. The President says that he won't agree to pollution reduction targets because he wants to protect the American economy, but his actions will lead to economic damages of immense scale, including in the USA. The Bush agenda is clearly driven by vested interests, including companies which see America's addiction to oil as their license to print money".

 

 

 

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"The other G8 leaders must now isolate President Bush and find common cause with those countries who do see the need for urgent action, including China and India. One day the USA will come on board, in the meantime those countries who see the threat must forge ahead."

Bush's refusal to act flies in the face of action already being taken in the United States. Many Republican senators now accept the reality of human-induced global warming, while several states have decided to cut emissions, and more than 150 city mayors have adopted Kyoto-style emissions reduction targets. The Governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger yesterday was quoted calling "Governments everywhere" to tackle carbon emissions.

 

 

 

 

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Friends of the Earth
26-28 Underwood St.
LONDON  N1  7JQ

Tel: 020 7490 1555
Fax: 020 7490 0881
Email: info@foe.co.uk
Website: www.foe.co.uk

 

 

 

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Climate change is a global challenge and requires a global solution. Greenhouse gas emissions have the same impact on the atmosphere whether they originate in Washington, London or Beijing. Consequently, action by one country to reduce emissions will do little to slow global warming unless other countries act as well.  Ultimately, an effective strategy will require commitments and action by all the major emitting countries.

 

 

The international response to climate change was launched in 1992, at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, with the signing of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The Convention established a long-term objective of stabilizing greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere "at a level that would prevent dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate system". It also set a voluntary goal of reducing emissions from developed countries to 1990 levels by 2000 - a goal that most countries did not meet.

 

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