President Makes Recommendation On Global Warming – Some Environmental Groups Skeptical – Climate Change G8 Summit Next Week

President Makes Recommendation On Global Warming – Some Environmental Groups Skeptical – Climate Change G8 Summit Next Week

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(Best Syndication) The President announced Thursday that he hopes to convince both developing and developed countries to adopt a framework by the end of 2008 to deal with climate change and the emission of greenhouse gasses. President Bush said that the problem needs to be tackled in a way that “enhances energy security and promotes economic growth.”

The President said that “each country will work to achieve this emissions goal by establishing its own ambitious mid-term national targets and programs (post 2012).” These goals will be based on each nation’s circumstances. He calls for the 15 nations that produce the most greenhouse gasses to confer and curb emissions.

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The President will be meeting with other G8 nations in Germany next week. Global warming is expected to be a major concern at that meeting and the President has made this proposal in anticipation of that meeting. The G8 nations include Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States.

But there are critics. The environmental group, Greenpeace, calls the Bush "climate strategy" a dangerous sham. They say that the President’s plan is too little too late, and that the U.S. should first focus on our own greenhouse emissions. They recommend setting a cap on carbon dioxide emissions here in the U.S. first.

John Coequyt of Greenpeace USA said "This is a slap in the face to one of the US’s key allies, Germany which has rightly made climate a central issue in the G8 this year and has put the emission cuts science demands into the draft G8 communiqué. The US talk of a "new policy" is also a desperate attempt to head off the start of international negotiations on the next stage of emissions reductions after 2012; it is a distraction from the real task of agreeing emission reductions." The group recommends the U.S. re-join the Kyoto Protocol.

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By Tom Madison
Best Syndication News Writer

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