President Bush has announced a climate-change meeting in Hawaii next month for 17 of the world’s major greenhouse-gas emitters to talk about setting goals for curbing emissions. The meeting is a follow-up to an anticlimactic summit that Bush hosted in late September. Oddly enough, during the pivotal climate-change meeting going on in Bali right this red-hot minute, the attitude of the U.S. is so obstructionist that 11 U.S. House Committee chairfolk felt compelled to write a letter assuring delegates that “President Bush’s avoidance of action is not the status quo here in America.”

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