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DeepModem Mom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 10:12 AM
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WP: Bush, Blair Deadlocked on Global Warming
Bush, Blair Deadlocked on Global Warming
By Jim VandeHei
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, July 7, 2005; 7:52 a.m.


GLENEAGLES, Scotland, July 7 - President Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair failed to reach agreement on international efforts to combat global warming today, as the two leaders declared a shared belief that humans are contributing to rising temperatures but deadlocked over a solution.

On the first full day of meetings between the world's eight major industrial powers that were disrupted by bombings in London, Bush and Blair emerged from breakfast at this highland golf resort to tell reporters that a new international pact to reduce greenhouse gas emissions could be at least seven years away....

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Blair, the summit's host who is basking in Britain's winning the 2012 Olympics but struggling to win U.S. approval of his international agenda here, lobbied Bush to embrace the mandatory curbs on greenhouse gases contained in the Kyoto Protocol, a treaty on emissions standards that was rejected by Bush and the U.S. Senate. The United States is the only country represented at the summit that did not sign the 1997 Kyoto treaty.

Bush today refused to budge, warning that such mandatory standards could cripple the U.S. economy and prove feckless if big polluters like China and India are not included, which they are not under Kyoto. "I also strongly believe that technologies and the proper use of technologies will enable the world to grow our economies, and at the same time, be wiser about how we protect the environment," Bush said.

If a consensus is not reach by 2012, when the Kyoto agreement expires, "then we've got a real problem for the future," Blair warned. The prime minister's decision to talk about concrete solutions next decade represents a setback to Blair and others who believe scientists warning of a dangerous rise in the earth's temperature are right. Instead, leaders here are putting the finishing touches on a joint statement about the warming climate and the potentially dangerous effect of man-made greenhouse emissions. "There is a consensus we need to move forward together," Bush said....


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melissinha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 10:16 AM
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1. WTF
Edited on Thu Jul-07-05 10:16 AM by melissinha
George Bush is not representing this country!!! I KNOW that a vast majority of Americans believe in the threat of global warming and want to comply with this..... but many have nto seen through the GOP smokescreen and mislabeled acts that turn back progress made in the last 30 years.. I am F***ING disgusted.. you don't represent me.. you belong in jail.... go to hell you f**ing traitor!!! Blair is trying to do the right thing.. but all you can do is take take take.... you f*ing bastard!!
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DeepModem Mom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 10:35 AM
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4. So right, melissinha. Outrage somehow comes even easier today. nt
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melissinha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 10:47 AM
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7. Its so easy
But it doesn't feel appropriate when the anger momentarily dies down, cause this is a very somber horrible day.

I jsut can't take it that Bush does not represent me in ANY SINGLE WAY... I despise him and frankly have never felt the need to respect him he has never earned it.
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LynneSin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 10:21 AM
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2. After today, Blair needs to tell Bush to fuck off
I am horrified at what is happening in London and I hope this is a wakeup call that Blair needs to stop being the 'Yankee Poodle'.

Bush does not have the best interest of Great Britian in his agenda; hell he doesn't even have the best interest of the United States. Blair and the other G8 members need to tell Bush to get lost. THose other 7 countries combined are much more powerful than the United States.

I'm embarassed that our country is represented by such a reckless cowboy and I am sorry to London and Spain who have suffered because they tried to help out and have paid dearly for followingly a fool
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DeepModem Mom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 10:33 AM
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3. Very well said, Lynne. nt
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Cha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 10:42 AM
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5. Yes, well said, Lynne..
After today's bombings in London..bush's greedy, self centered, unyielding stance on Global Warming looks even more ignoble.
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melissinha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 10:44 AM
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6. You put it better than I did
Thats precisely what I had felt before this... the biggest threat to global security is not any terrorist network... they thrive on ideologies like Bush's and his cowboy antics are endangering the ENTIRE WORLD and all he want to do is give out billions of dollars to his friends to rebuild utilities and the infrastructure that he destroyed in Iraq before he got Congressional approval.

I like your somber take on this, LynnSin.
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Barrett808 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 02:30 PM
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10. After today, I bet Blair is sorry he hitched his cart to this horse
He's been dismissed by Bush at every turn, and what does he have to show for it? Hundreds of dead and injured Londoners.
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reprobate Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 02:38 PM
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11. I wonder is it possible that we'll see a backlash to Mad George finally?

He's finally being seen as a danger to the future of the entire world. Could it be that the world will turn on him, and that means turn on us, and start an economic war against us.

If so, we will not be able to stand against them. All that's necessary is for the G7 to turn to the euro as the petro reserve currency, and we go down the tubes. It doesn't seem possible that Mad George could attack the whole rest of the world at once.
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Lisa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 03:39 PM
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12. yeah -- Bush doesn't just withhold "favours" ...
... he's completely blind to common courtesy. "Reciprocity" never crosses his mind (HE thinks it means giving him everything he wants!).

Dump him, Tony. He's already dumped you.
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mom cat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 02:14 PM
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8. Hypocrite Bush just used the London bombing to brag about how he
was working so hard at Glen Eagles for a clean environment! He made that comment while also patting himself on the back for being such a humanitarian working hard to alleviate poverty and rid the world of the pandemic of AIDS. Bush is such a hypocrite! He is working hard at Glen Eagles to block a clean environment not create one!
In his speech Bush was touting himself as the great humanitarian in contrast with those terrible terrorist who set off the bombs in London. What about Bush's terrorism? What about shock and awe bombing, depleted uranium, torture chambers, renditions, death squads, and the utter destruction of a country and the theft of the resources that might have rebuilt it. Let's talk about Bush's terrorism whenever we talk the terrible acts in London today.
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fshrink Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 02:25 PM
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9. Looks like Pro wrestling
And we would be the crowd.
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