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    09 February, 2005

    Climate changing on climate change?

    Good article by David Ignatius in the Washington Post on how the US Givernment is out of step with the rest of the world on Kyoto - and how the UK Labour Government is leading on the issue:

    The global figure taking the lead on climate change is none other than George Bush's best foreign friend, British Prime Minister Tony Blair. In a speech last month at the World Economic Forum in Davos, he seemed to be talking directly to the Bush administration: "It would be true to say the evidence is still disputed," Blair said. "It would be wrong to say that the evidence of danger is not clearly and persuasively advocated by a very large number of entirely independent and compelling voices. They are the majority. The majority is not always right, but they deserve to be listened to."

    Blair is proving as principled and stubborn on climate change as he has been on Iraq -- which will put pressure on Bush. The prime minister will host the Group of Eight summit this July in Gleneagles, Scotland, and he seems determined to make progress there on climate change. Bush surely realizes he owes Blair one, and the G-8 summit could provide an opportunity for the administration to get off the fence.

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