Bush’s Coup

by Steven F. Hayward

It seems to me that lots of people are missing a notable feature of Bush’s proposal to convene a “Big 15″ to contemplate long-range greenhouse gas emissions targets: Bush is in effect threatening to put the UN’s IPCC out of business as the main diplomatic forum for global climate policy. Whatever else may be said–both good and bad–about Bush’s initiative, putting the UN out of the climate business can’t entirely be a bad thing.