Bush’s claims are only slightly more ludicrous in light of the fact that he made them while Washington, D.C., stands submerged in 18 inches of global-warming-propelled storm water.
ABC News (excerpted portion starts on pg. 2):
... And the president amid this morning’s wind and rain?
In the White House, only hours after that old elm had fallen, Bush was addressed by a reporter, thus: “I know that you are not planning to see Al Gore’s new movie, but do you agree with the premise that global warming is a real and significant threat to the planet?”
“I have said consistently,” answered Bush, “that global warming is a serious problem. There’s a debate over whether it’s manmade or naturally caused. We ought to get beyond that debate and start implementing the technologies necessary ? to be good stewards of the environment, become less dependent on foreign sources of oil?”
The President ? as far as the extensive and repeated researches of this and many other professional journalists, as well as all scientists credible on this subject, can find ? is wrong on one crucial and no doubt explosive issue. When he said ? as he also did a few weeks ago ? that “There’s a debate over whether it’s manmade or naturally caused” ? well, there really is no such debate.
At least none above what is proverbially called “the flat earth society level.”
The US Supreme Court decided it will weigh whether the federal government must regulate emissions of new cars to combat global warming as demanded by environmental groups and some state and city authorities.
The case could open the way for the high court to deliver a crucial ruling on how the US government enforces environmental laws.
Since 2003, 12 US states, several cities and a dozen environmental groups have waged a legal battle against the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which has chosen not to curb greenhouse emissions on new cars.
The EPA maintains that the federal Clean Air Act does not address global climate change and that carbon dioxide is not defined as a pollutant under the law. The administration of President George W. Bush has advocated voluntary controls instead of mandatory limits on emissions.