I had a little taste of winter the first day I came back from Monaco. No more. Not only is there no snow in sight and the temperature is high enough that I can walk around with only one thin long-sleeved T-shirt, but also Bush is apparently convinced that climate change is a real problem.
[Link] George Bush is preparing to make a historic shift in his position on global warming when he makes his State of the Union speech later this month, say senior officials at the office of the British Prime Minister in London.
Tony Blair hopes that the new stance by the United States will lead to a breakthrough in international talks on climate change and that the outlines of a successor treaty to the Kyoto agreement, the deal to curb emissions of greenhouse gases which expires in 2012, could now be thrashed out at the G8 summit in June.
The timetable may explain why Mr. Blair is so keen to remain in office until after the summit, with a deal on protecting the planet offering an appealing legacy with which to bow out of Number 10 Downing Street.
A lot of people seem to be under the mistaken assumption that because Blair doesn’t stand up to American foreign policy, he must be a Republican. In fact, his politics is very much Democratic: he’s been trying to get the US to see the light on Kyoto for years, he instituted Britain’s first minimum wage law, his approach to crime is fairly Clintonian, and he’s more pro-gay than most Democrats.
He’s an anti-civil liberties messianic neoconservative for sure, but that hardly distinguishes him from people like Clinton. If it were up to Blair, the Iraq War would’ve been run with a Clintonian finesse that would’ve been just as disastrous for the Iraqis but far less so for American political capital.