President Bush was not among the 80 world leaders present today at the UN's one-day conference on global warming. Instead, Bush will hold his own two-day meeting on Thursday and Friday, hosting representatives of 16 nations considered to be the big emitters of greenhouse gases.
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger of California criticized the Bush administration for not doing enough to curb greenhouse gas emissions and stated that California was leading the way. "California is moving the United States beyond debate and doubt to action," he said. "I urge this body to push its members to action also."
Prime Minister Stephen Harper of Canada stated that his country was in full agreement with the need to halve carbon emissions by 2050 but indicated that it was important to respect the unique characteristics of individual nations' economies. "We are balancing environmental protection with economic growth," Harper stated.
Czech President Vaclav Klaus did as he promised to do by providing a solitary dissenting voice.
"The hypothetical threat connected with future global warming depends exclusively upon very speculative forecasts, not upon undeniable past experience, and upon its trends and tendencies", Klaus told the conference.