[Finally, after almost a decade] President Bush assured the rest of the world today that he takes climate change seriously and vowed that the United States “will do its part” in crafting “a new international approach” to reduce the greenhouse gases that are warming the planet. However, he proposed no new initiatives to do so.
Instead of proposing anything new Bush suggested each nation should decide for itself how far it wanted to go— without stunting economic growth, of course.
A plan by US President George W Bush for state to set their own targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions has drawn considerable criticism… The British climate envoy, John Ashton, said the US seemed isolated on the issue of fighting climate change. “I think that the argument that we can do this through voluntary approaches is now pretty much discredited internationally,” he told the Reuters news agency.