November 2, 2005


Blair signals shift over climate change (David Adam, November 2, 2005, The Guardian)

Tony Blair appeared last night to undermine more than 15 years of climate change negotiations when he signalled a shift away from a target-based approach to cutting greenhouse emissions. Speaking at the end of the first day of a summit in London of environment and energy ministers, the prime minister said that legally binding targets to reduce pollution made people "very nervous and very worried".

He said when the Kyoto protocol expires in 2012, the world would need a more sensitive framework for tackling global warming. "People fear some external force is going to impose some internal target on you ... to restrict your economic growth," he said. "I think in the world after 2012 we need to find a better, more sensitive set of mechanisms to deal with this problem." His words come in the build-up to UN talks in Montreal this month on how to combat global warming after Kyoto. "The blunt truth about the politics of climate change is that no country will want to sacrifice its economy in order to meet this challenge," he said. [...]

The statements echoed sentiments Mr Blair expressed informally at a meeting organised by Bill Clinton in New York recently, when he said he was "changing my thinking" on the best way to tackle climate change. Mr Blair's office said at the time his remarks had been misinterpreted and they did not signal that the UK was changing its position or adopting an attitude similar to that held by the US.

Forget Arnold, we need to amend the Constitution so that Mr. Blair can run to succeed President Bush.

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 2, 2005 12:48 PM

He comes with the added benefit of being able to speak, which is always a plus in a candidate.

Posted by: Bruno at November 2, 2005 2:15 PM

And I suppose you plan to send us Cherie to succeed Martin.

Posted by: Peter B at November 2, 2005 6:42 PM


Posted by: oj at November 2, 2005 6:49 PM

"...we need to amend the Constitution so that Mr. Blair can run to succeed President Bush."

No we don't. The Founders were astute observers of human nature and they got that one right.

The Constitution may not be perfect, but it's better than what we've got.

Posted by: Noel at November 2, 2005 9:24 PM