Friday, 18 April 2008

Politics and the Problem

You may have seen that President Bush made a speech a couple of days ago finally acknowledging the need for the US to limit greenhouse gas emissions (rather than just the ratio of emissions to economic output, which was the previous position). The new plan is to stop the growth of US greenhouse gas emissions by 2025.

Described by the President as "a major step forward in America's efforts to address climate change", the speech was roundly derided in Paris, where a meeting of major carbon-emitting countries is taking place.

The Paris Major Economies Meeting is part of a series of meetings set up in September 2007 by President Bush himself and led by the US. (This is nothing to do with the Kyoto-Bali-Copenhagen agreements led by the UN). It comprises 16 countries that account for 80% of greenhouse gas emissions. At the meeting the Bush speech was condemned (in no uncertain terms) as going nowhere near far enough. (The EU's plan is to cut emissions by 20% on 1990 levels by 2020).

But Bush will not be driving the US action on climate change for much longer and, indeed, much of the activity is working round him. This week also saw a meeting of US State Governors who have introduced their own laws to reduce greenhouse gas emissions - around 28 states have or are introducing legislation. They have been discussing the possibility of merging the various carbon trading markets in the US.

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