The fascinating thing about the Bush administration rejecting a German proposal for cuts in greenhouse gas emissions is that at this point they don’t really have a coherent story about why they oppose this sort of action. That the administration has bothered to put together its meaningless sham program for voluntary carbon reductions and even talk the talk of renewable energies in SOTU addresses and so forth totally undercuts the grounds for opposition.
If carbon emissions are no problem, then why bother? If the problem is real, then why not do something real? Politics and campaign contributions, of course, but still it is noteworthy that the debate is now between a side that thinks carbon emissions are a big problem and so we should take action to reduce them, and a side that thinks carbon emissions are a big problem and so we should do nothing.