It's About Time
Perhaps there’s hope for the planet after all? In reaction to President Bush’s decision to withdraw from the Kyoto treaty on climate change, Time magazine produced a special issue this week, devoting 16 pages to the hard science showing that climate change is upon us and to the political fallout from Bush’s (boneheaded) move. The issue also includes a letter to Bush from Jimmy Carter, Mikhail Gorbachev, John Glenn, Walter Cronkite, George Soros, J. Craig Venter, Jane Goodall, Edward O. Wilson, Harrison Ford, and Stephen Hawking, telling the president to get his act together. A Time-CNN poll taken after the Bush administration announced the decision found that three-fourths of Americans consider global warming to be a serious problem. Meanwhile, international criticism of the decision continues to mount — yesterday, for example, U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan said that he regrets Bush’s stance.