U.S. National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice made sure yesterday that the rest of the world maintained its low expectation of the U.S. on climate change. On CNN’s “Late Edition,” Rice contradicted a statement by U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell and said the U.S. would probably not have a comprehensive plan to combat climate change ready by October, in time for the next international meeting on this issue. Ten days ago in Europe, Powell promised foreign nations that a plan would be prepared by then. Meanwhile, the World Wildlife Fund says the climate deal struck last week in Bonn is not the best thing since sliced bread. The group says the final agreement effectively reduces by two-thirds the overall targets for decreasing emissions of greenhouse gases that were agreed to in 1997 in Kyoto, Japan.

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