Europe Disses Bush Plan for Climate Change

Claims speech undermines G-8 deal on global warming
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 1, 2007 7:55 AM CDT
President Bush speaks about international development, Thursday, May 31, 2007, during an address at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington, ahead of next week's Group of Eight Summit. (AP Photo/Charles...   (Associated Press)

(Newser) – The new Bush plan to combat climate change is being received with skepticism in Europe, where it is seen as a bid to outfox German Chancellor Angela Merkel and torpedo more radical proposals she will unveil at the G-8 Summit. Germany's Der Spiegel and Britain's Guardian both say the US is cynically resisting a concrete emissions reduction deal.

The Bush plan calls for the 15 biggest producers of greenhouse gases to set unspecified long-term goals for reducing emissions. Germany wants specific and more immediate targets set. Tension has been mounting between the US and Germany in the run-up to the G-8 summit next week. (Read more climate change stories.)