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May 31, 2007



Rejecting carbon cuts less than a week ago

LONDON: Reuters, May 25, 2007. The United States has rejected Germany's bid to get the Group of 8 to agree to tough cuts in carbon emissions, according to a draft of the communiqué to be presented at a summit meeting next month.

The blunt language of the rejection sets the scene for a showdown at the meeting to be held at the German resort of Heiligendamm from June 6 to June 8.

"The U.S. still has serious, fundamental concerns about this draft statement," the draft communiqué said.

Germany, which currently holds the presidency of the G-8, wants the meeting to agree on targets and timetables for steep cuts in emissions and increases in energy efficiency in transport and power generation.

"The treatment of climate change runs counter to our overall position and crosses multiple 'red lines' in terms of what we simply cannot agree to," the U.S. comments said. "We have tried to 'tread lightly,' but there is only so far we can go given our fundamental opposition to the German position."
The United States, which in 2001 rejected the Kyoto Protocol on cutting carbon emissions because the pact was not binding on China and India, is adamantly opposed to any binding targets or timetables.

Washington also rejects carbon trading because of its implicit emission caps.

No binding targets, timetables or carbon trading, Bush sez. But he might, he says talk about tariff reduction on clean technologies, as long as the talks last until he's out of office.

Bush's team must never sleep thinking of evil, truly evil, words they can put into his mouth to distract from his actions.

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