July 6, 2005 – In preparation for a meeting of eight world leaders, President George Bush is once again refusing to compromise on the issue of global warming. In an interview with a British television station in advance of the Group of Eight meeting in Scotland, Bush said the US would not accept emission reduction standards similar to those proposed in the 1997 Kyoto Protocols, an international treaty to curb global warming.
Technological innovation, Bush said, rather than tighter pollution controls would address the issues of climate change and greenhouse gases.
British Prime Minister Tony Blair was optimistic that an agreement on reducing greenhouse gasses could be hammered out at this weekâ€™s meetings, the Manchester Evening News reported yesterday. Blair has called global warming "probably the most serious threat we face."
But Bushâ€™s statements to Trevor McDonald of Britainâ€™s ITV cast serious doubt on whether the worldâ€™s wealthiest nations will reach any sort of consensus on how to prevent or slow rising global temperatures. While he did say that he believes global warming exists and is caused by greenhouse gasses to "some extent," Bush steadfastly refused to support mandatory pollution controls on an international level.
Bushâ€™s hostility toward strict emission regulations as a solution to the looming specter of climate change has been tangible since early in his first administration when he incurred international ire for refusing to sign the Kyoto Protocols.
Scientists have also accused the administration of interfering with, and in some cases even doctoring, scientific studies and reports on the issue. The latest such incident was revealed just weeks ago when it was reported by the New York Times that a White House political appointee altered scientific studies on global warming prior to publication. That appointee has resigned and is now working at ExxonMobile.