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Old 09-18-2006, 12:11 PM   #1
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Bush 'prepares emissions U-turn'

By Geoffrey Lean, Environment Editor
Published: 17 September 2006

President Bush is preparing an astonishing U-turn on global warming, senior Washington sources say.

After years of trying to sabotage agreements to tackle climate change he is drawing up plans to control emissions of carbon dioxide and rapidly boost the use of renewable energy sources.

Administration insiders privately refer to the planned volte-face as Mr Bush's "Nixon goes to China moment", recalling how the former president amazed the world after years of refusing to deal with its Communist regime. Hardline global warming sceptics, however, are already publicly attacking the plans.

The rethink follows increasing pressure on the White House from Republican governors such as Arnold Schwarzenegger, the mayors of more than 300 cities, business leaders and Congress.

Over the past few days rumours swept the capital that the "Toxic Texan" would announce his conversion this week, in an attempt to reduce the impact of a major speech tomorrow by Al Gore on solutions to climate change.

The White House denied the timing, but did not deny that a change of policy was on its way. Sources say that the most likely moment is the President's State of the Union address in January.

Environmentalists expect the measures to fall far short of what is needed, but say this does not matter. "The very fact that Bush would reverse his position will liberate many Republicans to vote for meaningful pollution cuts," says Phil Clapp, president of the National Environmental Trust.

But Iain Murray, a senior fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, Mr Bush's chief climate change cheerleader, is deeply alarmed: "We are left with the unpleasant conclusion that the only motivation is political."

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White House to unveil new global warming policy: sources

Washington (Platts)- The Bush administration plans to announce as early as next week a goal of stabilizing carbon dioxide levels in the global atmosphere at 450 parts per million by the year 2106, congressional and non-government sources told Platts Wednesday.

Such an announcement, if true, might lead to the establishment of new regulatory policies -- either voluntary or mandatory -- for the power sector and other sources of CO2 emissions.

But a high-ranking source at the White House Council on Environmental Quality rejected the suggestion, saying the administration has no plans to unveil any new climate-change policies.

Rumors that the White House plans to unveil a new global warming policy have been circulating since August 27, when Time magazine reporter Mike Allen, citing unnamed administration sources, wrote that President Bush's views on the phenomenon "have evolved."

Allen, in his article, quoted a Bush adviser as saying: "Only Nixon could go to China, and only Bush and [Vice President] Cheney, two oilmen, can bring all these parties kicking and screaming to the table."

With some exceptions, the energy sector has strongly opposed all legislative efforts to impose a mandatory cap on CO2 emissions, saying such an approach would have disastrous economic impacts.

Many scientists, conversely, say global warming will generate massive coastal flooding and other detrimental impacts if CO2 emissions are not curbed dramatically in the next few decades.

Currently, the atmospheric CO2 level stands at about 380 parts per million. A plan to stabilize it at 450 parts per million by 2106 technically would not be "new," given that the number was cited more than 40 times in a report that the administration issued forpublic comment on June 26.

One possibility is that the administration is going to seek to codify or otherwise finalize the CO2-stabilization approach articulated in the June 26 report, sources said.

Environmental groups, however, said they would not support such an approach. Dave Hamilton, director of the Sierra Club's global warming and energy programs, said that while the 450 ppm number was fine, the timeline is not.

"We've got to make 450 [ppm] by mid-century, not next century," he said, adding that the administration's plan "would not stave off the worst impacts of global warming."

Administration officials are set to testify at three Congressional hearings next week.

 
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Old 09-18-2006, 12:20 PM   #2
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On a side note: SCOTUS will be taking on global warming this term...

The high court takes up one of the most hotly debated environmental issues of the time-global warming-in a challenge to the Environmental Protection Agency's interpretation of the Clean Air Act. Massachusetts v. EPA, No. 05-1120.

The case involves whether greenhouse gas emissions from cars and light trucks should be regulated by the EPA under the Clean Air Act because of their contribution to global warming. The agency in 2003 concluded that it had no authority to regulate air pollutants associated with climate change, regardless of the state of the scientific evidence. It also concluded that the four substances covered by a petition seeking regulatory standards were not "air pollutants" within the meaning of the Clean Air Act.

Thirty parties, including 16 states, unsuccessfully appealed the agency's decision to the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.

In the high court, Massachusetts Attorney General Thomas Reilly argues, "The ruling in this case is an extreme departure from this Court's precedents on statutory interpretation. To allow this decision to stand would be to sanction an enormous shift of power to administrative agencies, effectively letting them dismantle statutory regimes they simply do not like."

The Bush administration argues that petitioners have no standing and that the agency identified "a variety of sensible and appropriate reasons -- including the complex and highly uncertain nature of the scientific record" for its conclusion that even if it had authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from motor vehicles, "an endangerment finding would be inappropriate at this time."

 
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Old 09-18-2006, 12:41 PM   #3
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Why do I have a feeling most of this shit is just a band-aid for November?

 
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Old 09-18-2006, 12:49 PM   #4
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about fucking time. i'm so sick of this being a bipartisan issue.

 
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Old 09-18-2006, 01:38 PM   #5
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Why do I have a feeling most of this shit is just a band-aid for November?
The Republicans have gotta do what they gotta do. If it were the Dems in power and they were in danger of losing control of the House and/or Senate, they'd be pulling similar BS...I'm guessing it'd be about abortion.

 
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Old 09-18-2006, 01:54 PM   #6
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yea we'll see

 
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Old 09-18-2006, 02:28 PM   #7
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yeah, who cares if they're playing politics. if its a big step in the right direction, its a good thing.

 
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Old 09-19-2006, 11:32 PM   #8
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Not if they just talk the talk now but don't really do a damn thing after November.

 
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Old 09-21-2006, 05:31 PM   #9
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Republicans need resasons to look like legit winners when they steal Diebold votes in November.

"We care about the air you breathe and the planet your grandchildren will inherit."
(Time for Cheney to hold more secret meetings...)

 
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Old 09-26-2006, 11:44 AM   #10
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Default Global Warming is a hoax

Hurricannes are decreasing... that's proof.
According to the Competetive Enterprise institute, the ice shelves are getting thicker not melting.

The libral media is trying to shift this to make good politicians look bad for political gain.

 
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Old 09-26-2006, 11:47 AM   #11
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Shouldn't maybe this be in the politics board? There's little enough action going on in there.

Yeah, it got moved after I posted this - thanks mod!

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Old 09-26-2006, 11:49 AM   #12
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And post the article! I've got no idea what you're talking about otherwise.

But I do believe in global warming; the apocalypse in coming - Al Gore says so.

 
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Old 09-26-2006, 01:52 PM   #13
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Shouldn't maybe this be in the politics board? There's little enough action going on in there.

Yeah, it got moved after I posted this - thanks mod!
its been here the whole time.

 
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Old 09-26-2006, 02:11 PM   #14
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Listen to the competitve enterprise institute. they're right you're wrong.

 
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Old 09-26-2006, 02:22 PM   #15
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Old 09-27-2006, 10:27 AM   #16
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Look I don't see why people are arguing. Bush is solving the problem -case closed.

 
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Old 09-27-2006, 11:37 AM   #17
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its been here the whole time.
foxtrot's post (to which I was replying) was a new thread in the gen board. I probably should have mentioned that, to avoid confusion.

 
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Old 09-27-2006, 12:28 PM   #18
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good

 
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Old 09-27-2006, 08:42 PM   #19
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he's a flip flopper

 
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