International diplomats in Washington for a conference on climate change lashed out yesterday after President Bush proposed non-binding global emissions standards. Even big polluters China and India found Bush's plan unfeasible, instead favoring mandatory measures. A European diplomat had "never heard a more humiliating speech by a major leader," reports the Guardian.
Britain's special envoy on climate said that the US had "isolated" itself on the issue and noted that it was not Bush but Arnold Schwarzenegger, who's putting policies in place in California, who represented the "most inspiring example of leadership this week." Critics are calling Bush's emphasis on technology and glossing-over of qualitative goals a "total charade."