The Bush legacy will be driven by global warming concludes Kurt Campbell chief executive of the Center for a New American Security. Climate Progress has made a similar point, and I have my own column on how history will view Bush here.
Campbell has written an article on “The Inheritance on Climate,” in the New York Times blog. Campbell served in the Pentagon in the Clinton administration, in charge of Asia/Pacific issues. He also has a chapter in the same Center for New American Security and CSIS book as Pete Ogden and John Podesta.
Yet to my mind, the inheritance that in retrospect will carry with it the greatest regret and misgivings will be the lack of leadership of the United States over the last seven years on the issue of climate change. President Bush recently convened a summit of sorts among some sympathetic leaders and titans of industry on the matter of climate change to make clear that he now accepts climate change as an “issue of concern.” This effort was in many ways an alternative forum designed to avoid the likely public dunning the United States president would have been subjected to by the global community if he had instead chosen to participate in the concurrent United Nations effort on the same subject.