Bush to “Go to China” on Climate?!
The London newspaper Independent is reporting that President Bush is “drawing up plans to control emissions of carbon dioxide and rapidly boost the use of renewable energy sources.” Given his years of climate change policy obstructionism this is compared to staunch anti-communist Richard Nixon going to China. “The rethink follows increasing pressure on the White House from Republican governors such as Arnold Schwarzenegger, the mayors of more than 300 cities, business leaders and Congress.” There are rumors an announcement may come this week. Of course this unlikely scenario of President Bush leading on climate change would be welcome – as long as policies are substantial and include mandatory emissions caps and trading. EcoInternet's Earth Action Network has sent tens of thousands of emails [alert] asking him to do so. What is sad is that it has taken so long and the rumored conversion is politically rather than ethically or ecologically based.