Friday, June 10, 2005

Documents suggest oil industry influence over Bush. Global scientists issue joint statement on climate, as do businesses

A lot of news in the last couple of days....
The UK's Guardian says it has documents proving how US President George W. Bush's decision not to sign the United States up to the Kyoto Protocol was partly a result of pressure from ExxonMobil, the world's most powerful oil company, and other industries. The story is based on US State Department papers seen by the Guardian newspaper.
In a related story, the New York Times (registration required)
said internal White House documents reveal how an official who once led the oil industry's fight against limits on greenhouse gases has repeatedly edited government climate reports in ways that play down links between such emissions and global warming. Meanwhile, the leading scientific academies of the world have issued an unprecedented statement calling on the G8 governments to take urgent action to avert a global catastrophe caused by climate change. Story by the UK's Independent
And shortly afterwards, a group of companies issued a statement urging G8 nations for action on climate change. Reuters story.
Planet Ark (Reuters) also has a story on the the first greenhouse gas trading programme in the United States, the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.