Pres. Bush's New Greenhouse Gas Emission Idea

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[i]Editor's Note: Without studing this at all, my first impression is that I like that India and China and other countries exempt under the Kyoto Treaty are involved. I like the apparent voluntary nature of the agreement. I like that there's no Kyotoesque Treaty involved. BTW, as of this writng the US is ahead of all other nations in reducing greenhouse gases.[/i]
June 1, 2007

Bush Proposes Goal to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

WASHINGTON, May 31 "” Bush promised to convene meetings with 10 - 15 countries producing the most greenhouse gas emissions, including China/India. Each country would establish midterm national targets for reducing emissions over next 10 - 20 years, working together on a longer-term goal.

The talks would bring together industry leaders. The countries could work with them to pool knowledge. promote investment in energy-efficient technologies. Each country sets its own goals. There'd be no binding international framework for enforcement.


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For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
May 31, 2007

Fact Sheet: A New International Climate Change Framework

Today, President Bush Announced U.S. Support For An Effort To Develop A New Post-2012 Framework On Climate Change By The End Of 2008. The plan recognizes that it is essential that a new framework include both major developed and developing economies that generate the majority of greenhouse gas emissions and consume the most energy, and that climate change must be addressed in a way that enhances energy security and promotes economic growth. 

Under The President’s Proposal, The United States Will Convene The Major Emitters And Energy Consumers To Advance And Complete The New Framework By The End Of 2008.

• The U.S. remains committed to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, and we expect the new framework to complement ongoing UN activity.

• The President’s proposal breaks new ground in advancing areas of common interest between developed countries and the major emerging economies.

• The effort will build on and advance U.S. relations with the Asia-Pacific Partnership on Clean Development and Climate and other technology and bilateral partnerships.

The President’s Proposal Is Based On The Principle That Climate Change Must Be Addressed By Fostering Both Energy Security And Economic Security, By Accelerating The Development And Deployment Of Transformational Clean Energy Technologies.

• The participants will develop parallel national commitments to promote key clean energy technologies.

• The proposal seeks to bring together the world’s top greenhouse gas emitters and energy consumers.

• In creating a new framework, the major emitters will work together to develop a long-term global goal to reduce greenhouse gasses.

• Each country will work to achieve this emissions goal by establishing its own ambitious mid-term national targets and programs, based on national circumstances.

• They will ensure advancement towards the global goal with a review process that assesses each country’s performances.

The President Proposes That All Countries Work Within The UN Process To Strengthen Programs Addressing

• Land management-  Such as sustainable forestry and protecting the worlds forests;
• Energy efficiency;
• Advancing global transfer and adoption of clean energy technologies.

The United States Will Continue To Play A Leadership Role In Supporting Global Adoption Of Clean Technology By Promoting Low-Cost Capital Sources To Finance Investment In Development And Deployment Of Transformational Clean Energy Technologies.

• We will discuss ways to encourage more investment in developing nations – by making low-cost financing options for clean energy a priority for the international development banks.  We will also work to conclude talks with other nations on eliminating tariffs and other barriers to clean energy technologies and services by the end of this year. 

• America is leading the way with clean energy technology and is stepping up efforts to make advanced energy technology commercially viable. 

1. We are working to expand the use of clean coal technology, solar and wind energy, and clean, safe nuclear power. 

2. We are expanding the use of hybrid and clean diesel vehicles and biodiesel fuel. 

3. We are continuing to invest in new methods of producing ethanol – using everything from wood chips, to grasses, to agricultural wastes. 

4. We are pressing on with battery research for plug-in hybrid vehicles that can be powered by electricity from a wall-socket instead of gasoline. 

5. We are continuing research into advanced hydrogen-powered vehicles that emit pure water instead of exhaust fumes.  

Today's Actions Build On The President's Continued Commitment To Our Energy Security And Our Environment

Since The President Took Office, The Federal Government Has Invested $12 Billion To Develop Cleaner, Cheaper, And More Reliable Energy Sources. We have now reached a pivotal moment where advances in technology are creating new ways to improve energy security, strengthen national security, and protect the environment. The President's "Twenty in Ten" goal will help achieve all these priorities.

The President Has Devoted $37 Billion To Climate Change-Related Activities Since 2001. The President has requested an additional $7.4 billion for FY 2008 – $205 million more than this year. This amount would support a wide range of climate change-related research, development, and deployment programs, voluntary partnerships, and international aid efforts.

The President Has Twice Increased Fuel Economy Standards For Light Trucks, Covering Model Years From 2005 Through 2011. The two actions cumulatively raised light truck fuel economy standards from 20.7 mpg prior to 2005, to 24 mpg in 2011. These actions are expected to save 14 billion gallons of fuel over the life of the affected vehicles, and reduce net greenhouse gas emissions by 107 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent.

We Are Well On Track To Meet – And Currently Projected To Exceed – The President's 2002 Goal Of Reducing U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emission Intensity 18 Percent By 2012. U.S. greenhouse gas intensity declined by 2.5 percent in 2005, much faster than the average decline of 1.9 percent over the 1990-2005 period.

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Bush Alters Climate Dynamics

The Prescription: President Bush calls on the world's top economic powers to cut their output of global-warming gases.

The Regimen: A flexible framework that likely would mean more regulation, while encouraging the participation of emerging giants such as India and China by tailoring goals to national needs.

The Prognosis: Measured praise from those who see U.S. leadership as a key to progress; skeptics see a vague plan that diverts attention from tougher international efforts.

Source: [i]Wall Street Journal, By JOHN D. MCKINNON, June 1, 2007; Page A6[/i]

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Date: Fri, 1 Jun 2007
From: Speaker Pelosi
Subject: House Call - The Facts Are Conclusive

The Facts Are Conclusive

"The facts are conclusive. The science is clear. And yet the President continues to be in denial. Yes, he says now he believes that global warming is happening and he accepts the science that it is.

"But if that were so, if he truly understood that, he could not have come up with a proposal that is aspirational. He would have to come up with a commitment that is real and give certainty to the business community to make the investments that will take us to the place that we need to be, which is with greatly reduced greenhouse gas emissions in the next 20 and then 50 years with goals and milestones along the way."
- Speaker Pelosi, 6/1/07

This week, Speaker Pelosi led a Congressional delegation to Greenland and Europe, where the Members saw firsthand the devastating environmental and economic impacts of global warming. The delegation met with foreign leaders who are taking action to address global warming, one of the greatest challenges of our time.

During their visit to Greenland, they took a boat tour of Disko Bay and learned about the speed with which the glacier there is melting. They also traveled to Swiss Camp, meeting with renowned climate scientists, who are studying the accelerating melting and movement of the Artic ice. Scientists are working rapidly to analyze the dramatic changes to the Greenland ice cap - the amount of ice breaking off in two days is enough fresh water for New York City for one full year.

In Germany, they met with Chancellor Angela Merkel, who has rallied European Union countries to commit to an aggressive strategy to reduce their own greenhouse gas emissions and lay the groundwork for a strong climate regime.

In London, the delegation met with leaders of many political parties, who all underscored the consensus in Great Britain that supports reversing global warming. Great Britain continues its leadership with ground breaking legislation expected to be adopted next year.

And in Belgium, the delegation met with the European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso, and identified common ground and areas of agreement that can be reached between the United States and European nations to reverse climate change.

Immediately upon the delegation's return to Washington, they were met with profound disappointment when President Bush announced a climate change proposal that rehashes old ideas. While the President has finally acknowledged the severity of the global warming threat and agreed that we need a follow-up agreement to the Kyoto Protocol that he has spent most of his Administration studiously ignoring, his announcement does not address the severity of the crisis that the rest of the world has long recognized.

When the G-8 Summit meets in Germany next week, House Democrats hope it will pave the way forward to a global solution to climate change, and that the United States will be part of that progress. The science behind global warming is undeniable - as is the urgency with which we must act.

Visit The Gavel for more coverage and photographs of the trip:

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[quote]During their visit to Greenland ...[/quote]
Do you suppose anyone on this tour thought to himself: [i]Hmmm. Why do they call this place Greenland?[/i]

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A triumph for environmental alarmism.

Gosh, the blue-green Kool-Aid is good.

I can only hope that the constitutional fiction of a separation of church and state is actually enforced, but it will not be. Environmentalism is our State religion.

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NASA administrator on NPR - just like flatulence in church

This morning, Steve Inskeep of Morning Edition interviewed NASA administrator Michael Griffin to get the other side of the story. During that interview, Griffin said global warming is not necessarily a problem that demands mankind's action.

I have no doubt that global -- that a trend of global warming exists. I am not sure that it is fair to say that it is a problem we must wrestle with. To assume that it is a problem is to assume that the state of earth's climate today is the optimal climate, the best climate that we could have or ever have had and that we need to take steps to make sure that it doesn't change. First of all, [b]I don't think it's within the power of human beings to assure that the climate does not change[/b], as millions of years of history have shown, and second of all, [b]I guess I would ask which human beings -- where and when -- are to be accorded the privilege of deciding that this particular climate that we have right here today, right now is the best climate for all other human beings. I think that's a rather arrogant position for people to take.[/b]


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