President Bush, as predicted, trotted out a new goal for reducing the greenhouse gas pollution that fuels global warming: wait 20 years.
The president's speech in the Rose Garden had no hard targets, according to the Wall Street Journal except the goal of stopping the increase of carbon dioxide emissions by 2025.
Repeat: Stopping the increase.
By that measure, the U.S. may already have achieved the goal. Our 2006 emissions of carbon dioxide were 1.1% lower than in 2005, due to a relatively mild winter and a relatively cool summer, according to the latest data from the Environmental Protection Agency.
The scientific community has stated, via the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, that industrialized nations need to aim for reductions of 80-90% by 2050. That's to avoid the worst consequences, but not every impact, of global warming.
Not surprising, then, that environmentalists and many lawmakers have dismissed the Bush goal already.
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