Global warming: bush feels the heat

Published: Saturday 31 August 2002

us President George Bush's failure to adopt a comprehensive policy to curb global warming has drawn flak from 11 us attorneys general. They have lashed out against Bush for not effectively addressing the issue of global warming and urged the President to rethink his decision of not signing the Kyoto Protocol --the international agreement to curb global warming.

In a letter delivered to the White House, 10 Democrats and one independent attorney from various states including New York, California, Massachusetts and Alaska, wrote that inaction by the Republican administration had resulted in a confusing tangle of anti-pollution regulations passed by various states.

The letter applauded the us state department's report issued in May 2002 which stated that rising global temperatures and sea levels are a threat to ecosystem and coastlines. The attorneys have, however, criticised the Bush administration for not acting on the report. "In the light of the report's findings, we urge you now to rethink the administration's policy response to the problem," the letter said.

Although all the signatories are Democrats, the letter was not about politics, Attorney General, Thomas Reilly of Massachussets said. He explained, "This is about our environment and our future."

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