14 february 2002
bush’s climate con
President Bush's climate policy, released
today, was condemned by Friends of the Earth
International as his latest climate con.
The plan seeks to confuse American voters
and the rest of world by recommending a
ceiling on greenhouse gas intensity  which
will actually allow for continued increases
in US greenhouse gas emissions.
The 18% intensity 'reduction' target does
not even require slower emissions growth:
between 1990 and 2000, US greenhouse gas
emissions increased by 14% while greenhouse
gas intensity shrunk by 17.4%.
President Bush is also suggesting that
revamping voluntary programmes will result in
emissions reductions. After Rio, the United
States ratified the UN Framework Convention
on Climate Change and introduced voluntary
measures, but emissions continued to
The new Bush plan is simply business as
usual. Under the Kyoto Protocol, the US
agreed to reduce its emissions by 7% against
its 1990 level. By abandoning the Protocol,
the Bush administration has abandoned a
mandatory system that would have resulted in
real emissions reductions.
Kate Hampton of Friends of the Earth
"The United States is the world's biggest
polluter. It is outrageous that President
Bush is still refusing to cut emissions in
order to avoid upsetting the powerful US
fossil fuel lobby. “This is an insult to
other countries who gave their backing to
the Kyoto Protocol in Marrakech last year.
World leaders must not play along with this
green con trick and continue to press him
to ratify Kyoto."
 Greenhouse gas intensity expresses the
relationship between emissions and economic
growth. See Friends of the Earth’s briefing
on President Bush to Announce Climate Change
“Policy”. Copies available from the press
office at Friends of the Earth UK.
International Co-ordinator Climate Change
Friends of the Earth 26-28 Underwood
London N1 7JQ
Tel: +44(0)20 7566 1723
Mob: +44(0)77 4896 7323
Fax: +44(0)20 7490 0881