Despite Heat, Bush Holds Steady on Climate Inaction

President Bush is drowning in his own inaction on climate change as shown in the water-installation "Climate accident" by German activist-artist Kurt Jotter from Berlin.© AP Photo/Hermann J. Knippertz

President Bush told reporters last week that his administration is not considering any new action to put mandatory caps on greenhouse gas emissions, despite a U.S. Supreme Court decision mandating the establishment of such regulations. A few days earlier, in a 5-4 vote, the Supreme Court sided with the state of Massachusetts and several other litigants calling on the federal government to consider carbon dioxide, the chief greenhouse gas contributing to global warming, as a pollutant that should be regulated under the Clean Air Act.

For his part, Bush referred reporters to his January 2007 proposal to require cars to burn more alternatives fuels such as ethanol and biodiesel derived from homegrown crops. He also said that any efforts to mandate emissions reductions by the U.S. would be rendered meaningless without similar mandatory caps on emissions in fast-developing nations like China and India.

But with several state and local governments, the new Democratic Congress, and now the Supreme Court all calling for federal action on greenhouse gas emissions, pressure on the administration is building rapidly. Critics say Bush’s intransigence on carbon emissions regulation has already set back international cooperation on the issue by decades.

Source: Planet Ark