As David mentioned, The Washington Times reported today that “President Bush is poised to change course and announce as early as this week that he wants Congress to pass a bill to combat global warming, and will lay out principles for what that should include.” However, “it is not clear exactly what Mr. Bush will propose.” Although this announcement comes as we head into the Earth Day weekend, Bush spokeswoman Dana Perino claimed it’s just a coincidence.

Stephen Dinan writes that Bush and conservatives are now focusing on the possibility that “runaway” global warming legislation will cause a “disaster” and a “nightmare.” Asked about The Washington Times story, Dana Perino warned today of a “regulatory train wreck with many different laws, such as the Clean Air Act, the Endangered Species Act, and the National Environmental Policy Act.”

Perino all but admitted this leaked announcement is a “trial balloon” to try out new conservative talking points. When she was asked when the Bush plan would be released:

It could be never.

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In fact, it is not government action that is the potential runaway train wreck, as Bush administration officials have made clear:

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Their polluter-funded message of denial having finally been beaten back, the right wing is now attempting to subvert action by any means possible, including pulling the classic polluter claim that solutions are more dangerous than the problem.

But that will only be true if our response to climate change is designed by the polluters themselves.

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