Does this gesture of President George W. Bush herald conversion to a U.N.-led plan to slow climate change? Not at all – though his call to break a U.S. addiction to oil is a step to curb global warming.
In his State of the Union address, Bush said he would seek:
to break dependence on Middle East oil via new technologies
to jack up funding on energy sources including coal and nuclear power
to fund wind and solar power, hydrogen and ethanol
“This is fairly positive…the very mention of solar, wind and other clean energies is a huge step,” said Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research in Germany which accuses Bush of doing too little to stop global warming.