Editorial: The climate-change trap

The administration of US President George W. Bush stepped into a trap this month with its proposed alternative to the Kyoto protocol on climate change. Did it somehow believe that global-warming alarmists would reciprocate its half step toward Kyoto by moderating their extremist agenda? If so, uproar from environmental groups should restore reality to Executive Branch thinking on this polarized subject.In a Feb. 14 appearance at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in Silver Spring, Md., Bush announced a climate change initiative that links reductions in emissions of greenhouse gases to economic growth. It calls the relationship "greenhouse gas intensity." The aim is to red...

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