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 US warned over climate change

Monday 16 February 2004

pollutionThe UK’s chief scientific adviser Sir David King issued a frank warning to the Bush Adminstration on Friday, of the dangers of global warming and the need for co-operative international action. Speaking at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) annual conference in Seattle, Sir David indicated that the US has not taken its share of responsibility in the fight against climate change.

The statement echoed comments published in journal Science in January, in which Sir David called the threat of global warming greater than international terrorism.

"There is a major credibility gap between President Bush's rhetoric about 'clear skies' and his continued support for billions of dollars of giveaways in the energy and transportation legislation that will dramatically exacerbate climate change,” said Friends of the Earth US Chief Brent Blackwelder. “The Bush administration's credibility gap has the proportions of the Grand Canyon."

FoE International’s Vice-Chairman Tony Juniper added; "The climate change alarm bells are ringing loud and clear. It's about time George Bush woke up to the terrible threat of global warming and took serious action to reduce US emissions of carbon dioxide.”

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