This is our first post by David Murray, another of our awesome summer interns. -- Luis
Wednesday, the leaders of the world's most powerful nations met in Toyako, Japan for the 2008 G8 Summit. This was an opportunity for the world’s major polluters to commit to major cuts in carbon emissions over the next few years. Unfortunately, they failed to seize the opportunity.
Perhaps the biggest climate news this week comes from Japan, where the leaders of the G8 agreed to cut carbon emissions by levels well below what the latest science demands:
President Bush and leaders of the world’s richest nations pledged Tuesday to “move toward a low-carbon society” by cutting greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2050, the latest step in a long evolution by a president who for years played down the threat of global warming.
On June 12th, Rick Boucher (D-VA), who chairs the House Energy and Air Quality Subcommittee, introduced the Carbon Capture and Storage Early Deployment Act (H.R. 6258). Touted as the fruit of bipartisan effort, the legislation proposes to establish a non-governmental fund and entity to accelerate the deployment of carbon capture and storage (CCS) technologies.
Our Campaign Director Gillian Caldwell appeared on Al Jazeera English last night to discuss the prospects for a climate change agreement at the G8 Summit. Click here to watch Gillian thoroughly deconstruct the "arguments" presented by global warming skeptic Diane Katz of the conservative Fraser Institute in Canada. I've also embedded it below for your immediate viewing pleasure.
This is our first post of a new regular feature: The weekly Climate News Roundup.
This 4th of July week brought us some positive news on the climate front. In perhaps the best news of the week, a Georgia state judge handed the fossil fuel industry a big lump of coal well before Christmas: