Bush Makes Final Push for Global Climate Deal

Publication: The Washington Post

Author: Michael Abramowitz and Blaine Harden


07/03/2008 - In his final months in office, President Bush is mounting a last-ditch effort to forge a new global deal to limit greenhouse-gas emissions but finds himself once again at odds with much of the rest of the world on how to address climate change.

Bush aides said a deal might be struck when the president sits down next week in Japan with the leaders of the world's largest industrialized nations and developing countries such as China and India. Japan is pushing for leaders at the Group of Eight summit to agree to a goal of cutting global carbon dioxide emissions in half by 2050, a proposal that the White House appears to be considering seriously.

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But Philip Clapp, deputy managing director of the environment group of the Pew Charitable Trusts in Washington, said Bush deserves some credit for launching an international discussion of specific steps that emerging economies such as China and India could take to reduce carbon emissions.

Read the complete article Bush Makes Final Push for Global Climate Deal on The Washington Post's Web site.

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