Ecology: Global Warming: Tony claims G8 Gleneagles a success in part because he moved Dubya on issue of climate change
Semiotics: A good symbol for changing the approach to ecology from Kyoto Protocols to the pragmatic dimunition of pollution in daily life.
UK's Tony Blair claims he's been able to get USA Prez George W Bush to move to a more intermediate position, not to endorsement of the Kyoto Protocols, but to a new point of departure for the American leader acknowledging that the human contribution to climate change, tho largely due to the sun's recent continuing of a greater emisssion of heat charges, is also aggravated significantly by what we're doing here on earth. Bush has been a longtime supporter of alternatively-fuelled vehicles, and these seem to be a place to start in changing the public will and behaviours - rather the distant vagueries of huge corporations buying "credits" from one another in the scheme previously endorsed by Blair and Canada's Martin, and the other devotees of Kyoto's Folly. We must get consumers to buy other kinds of cars, businesses to buy other kinds of trucks, cities to buy other kinds buses, and airlines to buy other kinds of planes.
Mr. Blair also conceded that he was never going to persuade the United States to adhere to the 1997 Kyoto Protocol that enforces dramatic restrictions on greenhouse gas emissions, a fact that has irritated the European powers for years.
"We were never going to be able to bridge the disagreement over Kyoto or get to more targets," Mr. Blair said, explaining that he is a "pragmatic" politician. "That was never going to happen and I have to be very blunt with you about that."
But Mr. Blair said his ability to get President Bush to agree in principle that human activity is a "significant factor" in global warming brings the U.S. back to the climate conversation.
"If we can't have America as part of the dialogue, there is no possibility of solving this issue," Mr. Blair said. "What we have put in place is a pathway to a new dialogue when Kyoto expires in 2012 on how we confront this problem. That, I think, is something to be proud of."
We need in the USA and Canada, the drama of a selectively targetted move to a one-sector command economy: to force the automakers, both homegrown and those setting up factories now, as in Ontario were the Premier, Dalton McGuinty, has had the audacity to dollop out &70 million corporate welfare to a foreign company, with no proviso for building only differently-fuelled cars that would cut the the pollutants put in the air by your automobile! Consumer, it's your duty and your fite! Wake up! Occasionally, I take a taxi in Toronto. Where's my choice to take an alternatively-fuelled taxi that drops a few drips of water as its only exhaust? - Owlb
A less sanguine view of G8's ecology outcome and of Bush, but notice the China factor
BBC: Why America could turn green
Don't miss this article in London UK's The Independent:
Most important move on the environment since Kyoto