Now we know a bit more about the White House's U-Turn on global warming. President Bush made a speech in the Rose Garden today calling for a stop to greenhouse gas emissions growth in the U.S. by 2025. As NPR phrased it, that's when babies born this year will be in high school.
As we heard earlier this week, the White House is afraid that changes to the status quo that might come about thanks to things like the legal challenges about the EPA's ability to regulate greenhouse gases could result in a regulatory trainwreck on greenhouse gas issues. Bush said today that he was concerned that legislation that Congress is looking to pass could hurt economic growth. The President did not issue a lot of details about his cautious plan that is far weaker than European plans, but that didn't stop Democrats from saying it was too little, too late. Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-California) called it "worse than doing nothing ... the height of irresponsibility."