Bush’s plan for tackling climate change: same as it ever was


If you didn’t catch President Bush’s final State of the Union address last night, don’t sweat it—all you missed on the environmental front was the leader of the free world recycling old speeches, statements, and sentiments.

Bush announced plans to contribute $2 billion over three years to “create a new international clean technology fund, which will help developing nations like India and China make greater use of clean energy sources.” He called for “international agreement that has the potential to slow, stop, and eventually reverse the growth of greenhouse gases.” And then he went on to say, “This agreement will be effective only if it includes commitments by every major economy and gives none a free ride.”

No big surprises there—the US should take action, but only if everybody else is taking action, too. And what’s with the “potential to slow, stop, and eventually reverse the growth of greenhouse gases”?

Potential?!”

We’re sure we’ll be hearing more of the same as representatives from 17 of the world’s biggest greenhouse-gas emitting countries gather in Hawaii Wednesday and Thursday to discuss tackling climate change. It’s the second meeting of these countries, brought together by President Bush. But don’t get your hopes up for any binding pledges: the administration favors voluntary measures and “aspirational goals” for cutting emissions.

Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Eh? Sorry, nodded off there for a moment. All this talk with no promise of meaningful action makes us a little drowsy. Hey, it could drive us to drink—we figure naps are the more sustainable way to go, especially as global warming could rob us of our favorite libation, Kentucky bourbon.

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