Statement: Response to President Bush's Climate Change Speech

Statement of Eileen Claussen, President
Pew Center on Global Climate Change

April 16, 2008

The proposal announced by President Bush today is a step backwards for U.S. climate policy. In 2002 the administration laid out a plan that allowed U.S. emissions to grow until 2012 - the current proposal will allow our emissions to grow until 2025. This proposal is a non-starter both domestically and internationally. The only good news is that this is irrelevant - both in the U.S. and globally - because this administration has only 9 months left in office and we have three presidential candidates who will take this issue seriously.

Pew Center Contact: Tom Steinfeldt, 703-516-4146


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