U.S. Succeeds in Blocking Firm Targets at G-8

OK, it’s a man-bites-dog story at this point, but the outcome has a few small bright spots of light — let’s call them nano-spots:

G-8 leaders agreed on a plan calling for “substantial cuts” to greenhouse gas emissions.

The leaders failed to overcome U.S. resistance to committing to specific numerical targets to curb global warming, but did refer to the European Union goal of cutting emissions by 50 percent by 2050.

In the end, Bush’s “aspirational” plan carried the day:

Instead of fixed cuts, Bush last week proposed having the 15 top emitters meet and set a long-term goal whereby each nation decides itself how much to do toward it.

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