A day after the Bush administration scuttled work on greenhouse gas emissions, Pope Benedict called on politicians to respond "to the great ecological challenge.''
California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger did so today, telling ABC News that fellow Republican George W. Bush's environmental politicies were ''bogus.''
While aboard a flight carrying him to Australia for a visit that began today, Benedict told reporters that there is a need "to wake up consciences'' on climate change as part of ''our responsibilities toward Creation.''
"We have to give impulse to rediscovering our responsibility and to finding an ethical way to change our way of life," the world's Roman Catholic leader said. Read more here.
On Friday, the Bush administration rejected attempts to regulate heat-trapping gases like carbon dioxide under existing law, despite a Supreme Court decision accepting a Massachusetts-led argument that the federal government must enforce the Clean Air Act. EPA administrator Stephen Johnson said the Act was ''ill-suited'' to the emissions issue and added that regulation would involve an “unprecedented expansion” of the agency’s authority. Here's the news story from the New York Times yesterday,
A separate Times editorial said Friday's move reversed a promise President Bush made in December to enforce the Clean Air Act.
''The Bush administration made clear on Friday that it will do virtually nothing to regulate the greenhouse gases that cause global warming,'' the editorial said. "With no shame and no apology, it stuck a thumb in the eye of the Supreme Court, repudiated its own scientists and exposed the hollowness of Mr. Bush’s claims to have seen the light on climate change.''
Here's the full editorial.
Attacks on the Bush administration came from Republicans, too. "This administration did not believe in global warming," Schwarzenegger said on ABC's "This Week.'' Here's more. The California governor has said global warming played a role in this year's record number of wildfires afflicting the state.
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