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Greens turns Washington Monument into memorial to failed Bush Climate Legacy

Written By Gopal Krishna on Monday, February 11, 2008 | 8:23 AM

President Bush’s policies on global warming are a disaster

Responding to the Bush Administration’s continued obstruction of international efforts to address global warming, Green activists turned one of the nation’s most iconic symbols into a memorial to Bush’s failed legacy on climate change. It projected on the Washington Monument the message: U.S. Global Warming Plan: Hell and High Water accompanied by an image depicting rising sea levels at the base, a predicted consequence of global warming.

President Bush’s policies on global warming are a disaster and his international meeting on climate change in Hawaii is a rogue process to deflect attention from the administration’s insistence to maintain America’s dependence on dirty and dangerous energy sources while failing to address the growing climate crisis. As the XX has long outlived the President it was built to honour, so too will Bush’s legacy on climate change stand as a memorial to his neglect, obstruction and destruction.

The projection served to call attention to Bush’s global warming policies a day after his State of the Union address and on the eve of Bush’s international meeting of the world’s largest emitters of global warming pollution, called the ‘Major Economies Meeting,’ which took place in Hawaii.

After being roundly rebuked in December in Bali at the UN’s International Conference on Climate Change, the Bush Administration continues to push its alternative Major Economies process that seeks to replace the Kyoto Protocol’s legally binding emissions reduction targets with a completely inadequate voluntary approach. The United States stands completely isolated as the only industrialized country on the planet not to ratify the Kyoto Protocol.

The Bush administration continues to push a climate-destroying agenda and to obstruct all meaningful efforts to address global warming by the international community. “The Bush Administration is hell-bent on obstructing global progress on climate change and was booed by the world community for its do nothing attitude in Bali. Bush is as opposed to binding emission cuts as ever and his Major Emitters Meeting in Honolulu was nothing but a cynical charade lacking any legitimacy.”

Greens called on the countries that attended the meeting to maintain their commitments to substantive action under the Kyoto Protocol. Participating countries included: Japan, France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom, China, Canada, India, Brazil, South Korea, Mexico, Russia, Australia, Indonesia, and South Africa, as well as the United Nations, the EU Presidency and the EU Commission.
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