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US Senators Introduce Climate Change Resolution January 17, 2007

Posted by notapundit in Congress, Politics, US News.
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WASHINGTON (AP)–The top Democrat and Republican on the Senate’s Foreign Relations Committee have introduced a resolution calling on the U.S. to return to international talks on climate change, illustrating bipartisan support for action on the issue in Congress.

The resolution, introduced Tuesday by committee Chairman Joseph Biden and its ranking Republican, Richard Lugar, says the consensus within the scientific community of a human role in global warming should compel the U.S. to take a lead in reducing emissions.

“The science is clear, and the physical consequences of global warming are obvious in shrinking polar ice caps, retreating glaciers, stronger storms and changing rainfall patterns,” Biden said in a statement. He urged President George W. Bush to give more attention to climate change.

Bush’s refusal to go along with controls brokered by the United Nations on carbon dioxide, the chief global warming gas, has contributed to tensions between the U.S. and other nations, including European allies. Bush has previously rejected the U.N. approach, contending it would slow the U.S. economy intolerably and that the package should have mandated reduced emissions as well from poorer but fast-growing nations such as China and India.

There has been some hope that pressure from European leaders, including U.K. Prime Minister Tony Blair and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, would lead the Bush administration to announce a more aggressive policy in limiting U.S. carbon emissions.

On Tuesday, White House press secretary Tony Snow said that Bush would “lay out our policy on global warming” in his Jan. 23 State of the Union address. But Snow said that the administration was not considering mandating caps on carbon emissions in the U.S.

“If you’re talking about enforceable carbon caps, in terms of industrywide and nationwide, we knocked that down,” Snow told reporters.

The Senate resolution asks that the U.S. participate in U.N. negotiations. The resolution, whose chances of passing the full senate after a committee vote are uncertain, would not be binding on Bush administration policy.

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1. Charles Newsham - January 18, 2007

Dubya and a regected Bolton would not do anything usefull too make the UN look good .
It is not in their interest to do so.
And dubya has not the words in him too say he and his policys were wrong.


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