Thursday, May 31, 2007

Bush Warms to Policies Addressing Climate Change

Signaling a change from his position of refusing to sign onto the Kyoto Protocol, Bush called upon 15 other nations today to "reduc[e] greenhouse gas emissions to 50 percent below 1990 levels by 2050."

His announcement to work with other countries on reducing global emissions of greenhouse gases comes nearly two months after the USSC's decision in
Massachusetts v. EPA (2006) which allowed Massachusetts (and other states) the power to force the EPA to regulate and curb the emissions of greenhouse gases.

While no real conclusions can be drawn about the cause of the sea change in Bush administration policy toward climate change, one has to wonder whether or not the USSC decision had any influence upon Bush's decision. While the judiciary may be the "least dangerous branch of government," it certainly is not the least powerful of the three.

1 comment:

JMike said...

"Rice say US willing to lead the way on climate" (Boston Globe 9/28/07) and follows with "Every country will make its own decisions, reflecting its own needs and interests." (Rice 2007)
Translation: "The USA will make its own decisions, reflecting its own greed and interests."
If it looks like a Bush, speaks like a Bush, it will always be a Bush.
The words speak for themselves.