White House Staying the Course on Climate Change

This morning, we highlighted a story out of London that suggested the White House was about to make a "historic shift" on climate change. We were skeptical. As it turns out, it didn't take long for our skepticism to be realized.

The White House on Tuesday denied it was planning a U-turn on its climate change policy by embracing a system of formal caps on greenhouse emissions, despite rising pressure from European governments to change its stance.

Although energy security will be a key theme in President George W. Bush's State of the Union address next week, the White House issued an unusually public rebuttal of rumours about its climate change policy. Tony Snow, White House spokesman, said: "I want to walk you back from the whole carbon cap story...The carbon cap stuff is not accurate. It's wrong."

[...] White House officials (suggest)remain privately sceptical about a British report produced in October by Sir Nicholas Stern on the economics of climate change, suggesting it would be wrong to make big decisions based on what some officials dismiss as "popular science". Source

Here's to two more years of the United States staying the course with unpopular science.


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