White House Press Release
THE PRESIDENT: Good morning. Thank you. Welcome to the State Department. I’m honored to address this historic meeting on energy security and climate change. And I appreciate you all being here.
Energy security and climate change are two of the great challenges of our time. The United States takes these challenges seriously. The world’s response will help shape the future of the global economy and the condition of our environment for future generations. The nations in this room have special responsibilities. We represent the world’s major economies, we are major users of energy, and we have the resources and knowledge base to develop clean energy technologies.
Our guiding principle is clear: We must lead the world to produce fewer greenhouse gas emissions, and we must do it in a way that does not undermine economic growth or prevent nations from delivering greater prosperity for their people. We know this can be done. Last year America grew our economy while also reducing greenhouse gases. Several other nations have made similar strides.
This progress points us in the right direction, but we’ve got to do more. So before this year’s G8 summit, I announced that the United States will work with other nations to establish a new international approach to energy security and climate change. Today’s meeting is an important step in this process. With the work we begin today, we can agree on a new approach that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions, strengthen energy security, encourage economic growth and sustainable development, and advance negotiations under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. (Applause.)
Also, from CCNet:
Last year, the United States grew our economy, while reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
–US President Bush, 28 September 2007
US President George W Bush infuriated his critics by professing world leadership on climate change at his meeting of the top 16 world economies – while offering no new substantive policy and implicitly rejecting binding emissions controls. Some delegates were particularly upset by the extravagant invitation by Mr Bush for other nations to follow the US lead in cutting emissions while increasing the economy.
–Roger Harrabin, BBC News, 29 September 2007
Denmark’s CO2 emissions rose 16.1 per cent in 2006 compared to the previous year on the back of strong economic growth and electricity exports from coal-fired power plants, according to statistics released today.
–Point Carbon, 28 September 2007
European leaders are getting a bit impatient, not on our own behalf but on behalf of the planet. China, India and the other industrializing countries will not do anything unless the U.S. is moving.
–Connie Hedegaard, Danish Environment Minister, Washington Post, 26 September 2007
The 16 nations, invited by Bush in an initiative he unveiled ahead of the Group of Eight (G8) summit in July, were: Australia, Britain, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Mexico, Russia, South Africa and the United States. Representatives from the EU and UN also attended.
These economies together account for about 80 percent of global emissions, according to US figures.