Sarkozy says Bush climate proposals 'not sufficient'

5th June 2007, Comments 0 comments

NEW YORK, June 5, 2007 (AFP) - Newly elected French President Nicolas Sarkozy called US President George W. Bush's plan to combat global warming insufficient, in an interview published Tuesday.

NEW YORK, June 5, 2007 (AFP) - Newly elected French President Nicolas Sarkozy called US President George W. Bush's plan to combat global warming insufficient, in an interview published Tuesday.

While the French president said it was encouraging that Bush now recognizes that there is a global warming problem, "In my eyes, it is not sufficient," Sarkozy was quoted as saying by the New York Times.

Facing increasing international pressure ahead of a summit of leaders of the Group of Eight industrialised countries this week in Germany, Bush last week went on the offensive with his own climate plan.

Bush called for the United States and up to 14 other big emitters to agree by the end of next year "a long-term global goal" for reducing greenhouse gases.

Bush's initiative has been criticized for lacking key details, such as the scale and speed of the cuts, and the essential component of mandatory caps is absent. His proposal raised concerns the United States will try to bypass the UN process for drafting a new climate treaty.

"To preserve the planet, you have to show by example," Sarkozy told a group of foreign journalists. "You cannot be the first and strongest in the world and say to the rest of the world on such a subject that, 'We are not interested in this and we will use technology to solve the problem.'"

Bush's latest initiative continued to focus on technology as a means to halt global warming.

"It is not possible," said Sarkozy. "It is not even in the interest of the United States. I don't say this in an aggressive way, but because I believe it profoundly."

In his victory speech on May 6 Sarkozy signalled his differences with Bush on global warming and that it would be a top priority of his administration.

"A great nation like the United States has the duty to not create obstacles in the struggle against global warming. Quite the contrary, it should take the lead in this battle.

"What is at stake is the fate of all humanity," warned Sarkozy. "France will make this battle its first battle."
 

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