Bush Set for Climate Change U-Turn

The move will be seen as part of a wider repositioning of the Bush government after its comprehensive defeat in last autumn's mid-term elections.

Published: 15-Jan-2007

United States President George Bush is preparing to make a historic shift in his position on global warming when he makes his State of the Union speech later this month, say senior British government officials.

British Prime Minister Tony Blair hopes that the new stance by the US will lead to a breakthrough in international talks on climate change and that the outlines of a successor treaty to the Kyoto agreement, the deal to curb emissions of greenhouse gases that expires in 2012, could now be thrashed out at the Group of Eight (G8) summit in June.

The timetable may explain why Blair is so keen to remain in office until after the summit, with a deal on protecting the planet offering an appealing legacy with which to bow out of Number 10.

<< PREVIOUSNEXT >>
RELATED NEWS ITEMS

Greenland ice cap breaking up at twice the rate it was five years ago, says scientist Bush tried to gag. Photo Credit: E Wesker.

CO2 emissions information is already required on all new cars in Europe; a 2005 California law mandates similar information be provided on all cars starting in the 2009 model year.

Two views of southern Florida's topography in a shaded relief map. On the left is a standard view, with the green colors indicating low elevations, rising through yellow and tan, to white at the highest elevations. On the right, elevations below 16 feet above sea level have been colored dark blue, and lighter blue indicates elevations below 33 feet.

READER COMMENTS

blog comments powered by Disqus