Bush Set for Climate Change U-Turn
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.
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