In One Eye

Friday, July 08, 2005
 
It's interesting to see these two stories appear simultaneously.

First,
Leaders of the world's wealthy nations [at the G-8 summit] appeared to bow to U.S. pressure on climate change, approving a watered-down declaration Friday that avoids setting targets or timetables for reducing greenhouse gas emissions ...

Environmental groups such as Friends of the Earth International, WWF International and Greenpeace called the Group of Eight major industrialized nations to task Friday for failing to seriously tackle climate change, and blamed Bush for the impasse.

"The G-8 leaders did not agree on a single concrete action to address climate change," said Philip E. Clapp, president of the National Environmental Trust. "President Bush did not budge one inch from the intransigent position he has taken on global warming ... and the White House staff worked nonstop for months to water any possible deal down."
And,
Ocean temperatures in the North Atlantic hit an all-time high last year, raising concerns about the effects of global warming on one of the most sensitive and productive ecosystems in the world.

Sea ice off the coast of Newfoundland and Labrador was below normal for the tenth consecutive year and the water temperature outside St. John's Harbor was the highest on record in 2004, according to a report released Wednesday by the federal Fisheries Department.

The ocean surface off St. John's averaged almost two degrees Fahrenheit above normal, the highest in the 59 years the department has been compiling records.
Even though Bush's poodle would like to put the best spin on the inaction in Gleneagles, there really is no excuse (other than the obvious avaricious one) for the Bushies to hold onto this benighted position.

More faith-based science.