U.S. sets low expectations for this week’s climate meeting
Leaders from the world’s major economies will fly big planes to Honolulu this week for a chat about reducing global greenhouse-gas emissions. Ironicalicious! Even better, the Bush administration, which is hosting the meeting, isn’t expecting much out of it. “I think these will be iterative discussions, which the initial goal will be to lay out a variety of options without holding any country to a particular proposal,” says James Connaughton of the White House Council on Environmental Quality. “We’re trying to do this in a collaborative way, rather than in the more classic ‘You bring your number, I bring my number, and we start kicking them around.'” Did he really just say, “Specific goals are wack”? The mind boggles.