US forced to join climate talks
By Audrey Young and Agencies
The fight against global warming has had a dramatic boost after 180 nations unexpectedly agreed to develop far-reaching measures on climate change.
Delegates to the climate summit in Montreal dealt a humiliating blow to President George W. Bush's five-year attempt to destroy the Kyoto Protocol, the pact designed to cut emissions of gases blamed for global warming.
The United States, which tried to sabotage the meeting at the last minute by walking out of the negotiations, was forced to join the agreement after failing to persuade a single nation to join it.
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..."President Bush's short-sighted approach is isolating the United States, but that is likely to change in the years ahead," Meyer said. " As the Kyoto climate regime deepens and broadens, U.S. business and industry will mount irresistible pressure on US leaders to re-engage in the process, rather than be shut out of rapidly expanding markets for clean energy and vehicle technologies."
"It is now up to President Bush to decide if he wants to reverse course and join the rest of the world in meaningful action to fight global warming," Meyer noted. "But rest assured, if he doesn't, the next President certainly will."