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Bush: “The Skunk at the Garden Party”

USA Today had a good G-8 post-mortem: “Critics note that the deal has no binding caps, only a pledge to ‘consider seriously’ a 50% cut by mid-century.” The story goes on:

The Center for American Progress, a liberal think tank in Washington, called Bush Pepe Le Pew “the skunk at the garden party” for rejecting the Merkel-Blair targets. Daniel Weiss, the center’s director of climate strategy, said Bush’s global warming plan amounts to “more talk, less treatment.”

The BBC, however, got the story quite backwards:

… the G8 summit looks like a breakthrough in the long Euro-American stand-off over climate policy.In the words of one European policy adviser: “While Europe has been itching on the starting blocks for the past decade, Bush has been sulking in the changing room. At least he is now on the track.”

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Not!

If Bush is on the track, then it looks like this:

Or maybe that is Bush leaving German Chancellor Angela Merkel on the track.