Analyzing the talking points that the Bush administration has been circulating amidst this week's flurry of international climate negotiations, Washington Post reporters Juliet Eilperin and Steven Mufson have uncovered an inconvenient truth. Apparently, areas of American progress in emissions reduction they've been taking credit for-- hoping to stave off pressure to create international mandates for fighting climate change-- came about through no intervention of current administration policies, and often through efforts that they lobbied against.
We've said this a number of times before so we're not going harp on the point too much, but it nevertheless bears repeating yet again: this wouldn't be the first time something like this has been paraded before the UN.
Also worth noting in Eilperin and Mufson's piece, particularly in wake of Mass. v. EPA and in anticipation of the EPA's forthcoming decision on California's waiver application, are the dueling takes on progress dealing with auto emissions from EPA Administrator Stephen Johnson, and the NRDC's Roland Hwang:
The administration has vowed to further increase fuel efficiency by 4 percent a year over 10 years, which would result in a combined fleet average of nearly 35 miles per gallon in 2017. Hwang praised that goal but said he was waiting to see if the EPA actually publishes rules to accomplish it.
To be fair to Johnson, he is completely accurate in framing his statement around "President Bush's call."
The call of a bipartisan and growing number of governors, as well as Judge Sessions up in Vermont, is an entirely different matter. Both the administration and the auto industry seem content to let that call keep ringing off the hook.