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Bush Gets G-8 Support on Climate Plan, Evades Targets

Source:  Copyright 2007, Bloomberg
Date:  June 7, 2007
Original URL: Status ONLINE

President George W. Bush moved closer to winning a Group of Eight commitment to combat global warming without shackling the U.S. to a specific target for emissions cuts.

After giving ground to European critics last week by proposing an international conference to stem man-made pollution that is overheating the earth's atmosphere, Bush balked at European calls for a goal of cutting greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2050.

Bush's closest ally in Europe, U.K. Prime Minister Tony Blair, said the U.S. counteroffer on climate change helped trigger a ``very substantial coming together'' among world leaders over how to prevent an environmental disaster.

``America has moved a long way on this,'' Blair told reporters today at the start of the G-8 summit in Heiligendamm, Germany. ``It's possible that we leave this summit with a commitment on the part of everyone to a substantial reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. ...

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