G8 Summit Incites Criticism of Bush Administration

June 3, 2003 [SolarAccess.com] Philip E. Clapp, president of the National Environmental Trust, had some challenging words to say about the Bush Administration on the opening of the G8 meeting in Evian, France. He cited the existence of a wide-breach that has worsened between the Bush Administration and Europe. In addition to disparate views on the war in Iraq, many Bush Administration rejections on treaties and agreements have lead to this widening gulf. Among these is the Kyoto Protocol on global warming. According to Clapp, the European nations will try yet a third time to get President Bush to take global warming seriously. After President Bush walked away from the Kyoto Protocol, European nations tried to get him to agree to an aggressive target of aiding the developing world to generate 15 percent of its energy from renewable sources over the next decade, but the Bush administration teamed up with OPEC at the 2002 Johannesburg Summit on Sustainable Development to block the proposal, said Clapp. In Evian, they will propose another investment in renewable energy technologies, but nothing on a scale that will have a serious impact on global warming.
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