Monday, April 14, 2008

President Bush: We're All Global Warmers Now?

Shake your head in unison, we're all global warmers, now?

Now that the early is cooling?

Nothing new in Bush's adoption of the theory as real as snow, as a 2002 posting Bush: Global Warming Real reveals, but quite a sea change to support federal legislation...

Maybe it has something to do with Senator John McCain's campaign for President?

Net the Truth Online

Bush prepares global warming initiative
By Stephen Dinan
April 14, 2008
President Bush is poised to change course and announce as early as this week that he wants Congress to pass a bill to combat global warming, and will lay out principles for what that should include.

Specifics of the policy are still being fiercely debated, but Bush administration officials have told Republicans in Congress that they feel pressure to act now because they fear a coming regulatory nightmare. It would be the first time Mr. Bush has called for statutory authority on the subject...

Congress Prepares to Tackle Global Warming Legislation
By H. Josef Hebert
January 15, 2007

Potential presidential rivals Republican Sen. John McCain and Democratic Sen. Barack Obama are joining with newly independent Sen. Joe Lieberman on a plan they say would reduce global-warming gases by two-thirds over the next four decades.

Their bill, being announced Friday, is intended to cut the heat-trapping emissions by 2 percent a year through midcentury. It is sure to produce a contentious debate on climate control in the new Democratic-run Congress and draw strong opposition from the White House and industry.

Sens. McCain, Obama and Lieberman are specifying mandatory caps on greenhouse emissions for power plants, industry and oil refineries. Their plan would require releases of heat-trapping gases to return to 2004 levels by 2012 and to 1990 levels by 2020.

Carbon dioxide, produced from the burning of fossil fuels, is the primary greenhouse gas. U.S. emissions of this gas have increased an average of about 1 percent a year since 1990.

Under the proposed legislation, greenhouse gas emissions would be cut from 6,100 metric tons of carbon equivalent in 2004 to about 2,100 metric tons in 2050, according to a fact sheet describing the legislation.

As a compromise, the chairman of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee is preparing a more modest bill that would slow the growth of greenhouse gases. Under the proposal by Democratic Sen. Jeff Bingaman, annual emissions would continue to increase until 2030 and then perhaps decline.

McCain and Lieberman offered a climate bill two years ago, as did Bingaman. The McCain-Lieberman legislation was defeated by a Senate then controlled by Republicans; Bingaman withdrew his bill after it became clear he lacked the votes for passage.

Since then, lawmakers have become increasingly convinced that Congress must do something to deal with the threat of global warming.

Bush changes tack on global warming
By North America correspondent Kim Landers
Posted Tue Aug 21, 2007 1:45pm AEST

United States President George W Bush is under increasing pressure to tackle global warming, and has initiated an international summit on cutting emissions.

Climate change has been singled out as a key point for discussion at the APEC conference, due to start in Sydney in a little over two weeks.

But without the agreement of the world's biggest polluter, the United States, any consensus would be meaningless.

Recently Mr Bush invited the European Union and 15 other countries, including Australia, to take part in a summit at the end of next month to develop long-term voluntary goals to cut greenhouse emissions.

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