UK Conservatives versus US Conservatives

“Britain should write annual targets into law to commit to cutting greenhouse gas emissions 60 percent by 2050, Conservative Party leader David Cameron said Friday.” So begins a must-read article on British climate politics.

British conservatives are prepared to go even further than Prime Minister Tony Blair, who also has called for a 60% reduction, “But his plans do not include legally enforceable annual steps.”

What does the conservative leader in this country think? “I have said consistently that global warming is a serious problem. There’s debate over whether it’s man-made or naturally caused.” Yes, that is President Bush espousing a view that undercuts any rationale for the kind of action that British Conservatives understand the world must take to avoid catastrophic consequences, including as much as 6.5 to 13 feet of sea level rise by century’s end.

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