Cap it all HillSeptember 29, 2007 at 3:36 am | Posted in Capitol Hill, Climate change, Congress, Pelosi | Leave a comment
… the good news is that if Bush is unlikely to move on global warming between now and the end of the term, there is another branch of the government that just mightCurrently there are several pieces of climate change legislation floating around Congress, and with the Democrats in power, there’s a chance that one might pass. “You’re actually starting to see Congress talk seriously about commitment to climate change,” says Annie Petsonk, international counsel at Environmental Defense. “Foreign countries are starting to recognize that.” So it turns out that the hot place to be this week wasn’t the UN, or the White House or even Clinton’s party in Manhattan. It was Capitol Hill.
Good report in TIME Magazine Climate Change: Filling the Bush Gap highlights the difference between good leaders making a significant difference and ineffective, stale old oil huggers playing charades.
Brendan Daly/Nadeam Elshami
For Immediate Release
Pelosi Statement on President Bush’s Remarks at Conference on Global Warming
Washington, D.C. — Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued the following statement today in response to President Bush’s remarks this morning to leaders of 15 major economic powers on climate change:
“As the world’s biggest emitter of greenhouse gases, the United States must lead by example and take the necessary steps to reduce greenhouse gases. An effective initiative must be based on mandatory standards to protect our planet, not the voluntary goals and incremental approach supported by the Administration.
“While I look forward to being briefed on the results of the President’s meetings with the world’s biggest polluter nations, I hope that his efforts will not be used to circumvent the upcoming United Nations Climate Change Conference in Bali.”