It was unexpected. President Bush acknowledged global warming in his State of Union address.
HereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s what he said last week:
“America is on the verge of technological breakthroughs that will enable us to live our lives less dependent on oil. And these technologies wil help us be better stewards of the environment, and they will help us to confront the serious challenge of global climate change.”
It was just a mention. The president did not propose any regulations to cap greehouse gases.
Nor did he say humans were contributing.
But a group of scientists in Paris are expected to do just that by the end of the week.
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which is overseen by the United Nations, is to issue a report that news accounts say will warn that global warming is here, it is getting worse, and it is at least 90 percent certain that it is being caused by the burning of fossil fuels, according to the Associated Press.
And it quotes an unidentified participant as saying that the U.S. delegation is much more constructive than it was in 2001, when some people accused it of hanging up the talks.
There will probably be people who will scoff at the report. Many of them will not be scientists. The scientists, at least the ones at the conference, are expected to be urging action.
Europe is capping its emissions from industrial plants. China resists.
The United States? The White House has been pressuring federal scientists to play down global warming, advocacy groups told Congress yesterday, the AP reported.
And this from Sen. James Inhofe, the Oklahoma Republican who chaired the Environment and Public Works Committee until the Democrats took control.
There is “no convincing scientific evidence” that human beings are causing global warming.
And the scientists gathered in Paris?