Wednesday, May 3, 2006

Hard to Believe

Now that the Bush administration has concluded that global warming is real and caused by fossil fuel combustion, you'd think it might be willing to move off its neanderthal position on reducing greenhouse gas emissions.  But you would be wrong, it wants to answer all of the "unanswered" questions and still favors "voluntary" emissions reductions. Link: Federal Study Finds Accord on Warming - New York Times.

Andrew Rivkin of the NYTimes writes:

The finding eliminates a significant area of uncertainty in the debate over global warming, one that the administration has long cited as a rationale for proceeding cautiously on what it says would be costly limits on emissions of heat-trapping gases.

But White House officials noted that this was just the first of 21 assessments planned by the federal Climate Change Science Program, which was created by the administration in 2002 to address what it called unresolved questions. The officials said that while the new finding was important, the administration's policy remained focused on studying the remaining questions and using voluntary means to slow the growth in emissions of heat-trapping gases like carbon dioxide.

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