A Bunch of Hot Air?
In an apparent effort to patch its shabby environmental reputation at home and abroad, the Bush administration is preparing a plan to limit greenhouse gas emissions. The final version won’t be available until next week, but proposals include scrapping fixed emissions targets in favor of “emission intensity” targets, which would fluctuate in tandem with economic growth. The administration has been under national and international pressure to develop a policy on global warming since its decision to pull out of the Kyoto Protocol. However, environmentalists are skeptical about the Bush alternative. Eileen Claussen of the middle-of-the-road Pew Center on Global Climate Change said, “I don’t think it’s going to be nothing, but I don’t think it’s going to be a great deal, either.”