posted on Sep, 12 2005 @ 03:17 AM
John Prescott, UK Deputy Prime Minister, has gone on record to criticise the US government for refusing to sign the Kyoto protocol. In addition,
Prescott mentioned New Orleans as an example of changing weather patterns and rising sea levels due to climate change. Mr Prescott also said that the
US was 'wrong' for not joining or supporting the Kyoto Protocol alongside the UK and other industrial nations.
In a speech in Berlin, Mr Prescott took a swipe at the US government, which has refused to sign the Kyoto Protocol.
He told the International Congress of the Council for European Urbanism that climate change was to blame for rising sea levels and more storm
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While many still believe that global warming is not caused by human activity, that is no reason not to do what one can to address environmental
concerns. When Bush told the world that the US would not take part in the Kyoto talks, many nations were aghast. It not only seems arrogant but
ignorant as well, considering the amount of resources the US uses up.
I am not blaming the Katrina disaster on environmental negligence, as I believe this was brought upon by lack of foresight and the incompetence and
mismanagement of officials (both local and federal). But as Loam points out very well in some of his posts, the environmental consequences AFTER
Katrina are serious and not to be ignored.
The US needs to start addressing some of the alarming concerns in the aftermath of this disaster. Maybe taking part in something like Kyoto would
allow them to have more recourses to global solutions and to prevent or reduce the impact of some of these climatic changes from happening in the
If i'm not mistaken, wasn't Mr. Bush also at the head of the environmental committee and subsequent papers that decided that humans weren't to
blame for global warming?
[edit on 27-9-2005 by DJDOHBOY]