PRESIDENT BUSH CHAMPIONS CLIMATE CHANGE ISSUE

From the article: President Bush, fending off international accusations that he was ignoring climate change proposed for the first time on Thursday to set “a long-term global goal” for cutting greenhouse gas emissions, and he called on other high-polluting nations to join the United States in negotiations aimed at reaching an agreement by the end of next year (New York Times).

The story notes that the White House “seems determined to alter the president’s image on climate change before he leaves office in January 2009.” This policy change comes on the heels of Bush’s announcement this week of increased pressure on Sudan to help stop the genocide in Darfur (Washington Post).

Meanwhile, presidential contender John Edwards “Launches Plan to Boost Ethanol Use.” From the article: At a campaign appearance in California, Edwards said he would force oil companies to install ethanol pumps at a quarter of their service stations and require automakers to build cars that can run on biofuels. In addition, Edwards would require cars to get 40 miles per gallon by 2016.