Sunday, December 11, 2005

New York Magazine: Bushco threatened UN over Clinton climate speech

Saw this at Talking Points Memo

New York Magazine brings this story to us.
Bush-administration officials privately threatened organizers of the U.N. Climate Change Conference, telling them that any chance there might’ve been for the United States to sign on to the Kyoto global-warming protocol would be scuttled if they allowed Bill Clinton to speak at the gathering today in Montreal, according to a source involved with the negotiations who spoke to New York Magazine on condition of anonymity.

Bush officials informed organizers of their intention to pull out of the new Kyoto deal late Thursday afternoon, soon after news leaked that Clinton was scheduled to speak, the source said.

The threat set in motion a flurry of frantic back-channel negotiations between conference organizers and aides to Bush and Clinton that lasted into the night on Thursday, and at one point Clinton flatly told his advisers that he was going to pull out and not deliver the speech, the source said.
As if Bushco had any intention of doing something that might help the environment, or suggest that global warming might be a problem! But they know that Clinton would get attention, and that he is far more popular than Bush.

by Robster @ 12/11/2005 08:17:00 PM PERMALink