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PSR Condemns Bush Administration Hijacking of International Climate Negotiations

September 27, 2007

(Washington, DC) -- Representatives from 16 of the world’s largest global warming pollution emitters arrived in Washington, DC, today for a two day meeting on climate change, hosted by President Bush. The meeting comes just a few days after United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon convened heads of state from more than 70 countries at UN Headquarters in New York for a high-level event titled “The Future in Our Hands: Addressing the Leadership Challenge of Climate Change.” President Bush’s decision to skip the UN summit and his attempt to hijack the process for international climate negotiations demonstrates his administration’s continued failure to recognize the degree of urgency required to avoid dangerous global warming.

The talks at the UN earlier in the week focused on building momentum for the UN Climate Change Conference in Bali in December where negotiations will begin on a new international climate agreement to succeed the Kyoto Protocol and establish the next round of binding emission reduction targets. Meanwhile, the Bush administration remains steadfastly opposed to mandatory limits on greenhouse gas emissions. And worse yet, President Bush’s refusal to accept binding reduction targets is providing cover for China, India and others to do the same. If the President wants to show that he is serious about tackling global warming, he must abandon his failed policy of voluntary goals for reducing emissions and cease any efforts to derail international climate negotiations.

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