McCain criticizes Bush admin over climate change — again

Though Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) backed President Bush’s reelection campaign, yesterday he reiterated his charge that the Bush administration is in the wrong on the issue of climate change, calling its stance “terribly disappointing.” Today, McCain will convene a Senate hearing on rapid warming in the Arctic, with hopes that it will also drum up support for the McCain-Lieberman Climate Stewardship Act, which would impose a modest cap on greenhouse-gas emissions. Though a larger Republican majority in Congress next year will likely decrease support for the bill, McCain sees climate change as an urgent issue and hopes he can convert more members of Congress to his side. He visited the outer edges of the Arctic this past summer, along with a number of other senators. “It was remarkable, going up on a small ship next to this glacier and seeing where it had been just 10 short years ago and how quickly it’s receded,” he said.