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Chancellor Merkel Gets the Bush Treatment on Global Warming

Philip Barron: The new German chancellor is rebuffed by George Bush on climate change policy.
 
 
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel, one of George Bush's celebrated new best buddies on the world scene, is now finding out what Tony Blair took years to learn: Partnership with Bush is a one-way street.

As leaders of wealthy nations converged Wednesday at a Baltic resort for their annual summit meeting, the White House held firm against long-term targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, effectively blocking a major priority of the meeting's host, Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany.

Merkel is one of the closest allies of President George W. Bush in Europe, and the two emerged from a working lunch Wednesday attempting to present a united front. But the German chancellor did not look pleased as she conceded that more work must be done before the Group of 8 nations can reach agreement on how they will address climate change.

Philip Barron is a St. Louis writer and author of the blog Waveflux.

 
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