Friday, November 02, 2007
Will Bush Veto Capping of Greenhouse Gases?
Churchill said you could rely on the US to do the right thing in the end, after trying all the wrong things first. Maybe he was right as we now see the possibility of seven years of near criminal inaction on greenhouse emissions being ended.
A Senate subcommittee has voted to cap emissions by 15% by 2020 compared with the proposed 20% in Europe. The bill has bipartisan support having been introduced by John Warner a Republican and Joe Lieberman a Democrat. It should be poised for the presidential approval around December- but will it be delivered?
Bush made conciliatory remarks about the emissions 'problem' but then dashed hopes by revealing a few weeks back that he favoured voluntary controls. Faced with a growing national consensus he will hesitate I suspect before applying his veto but in the end prove correct the second part of Churchill's analysis by actually doing just that.