Greenpeace slams Bush for climate chaos

Feature story - November 19, 2006
Greenpeace activists climbed Jakarta's Tugu Selamat Datang (Welcome Statue) unfurling a banner that says "DON'T AMBUSH OUR FUTURE! STOP NUCLEAR AND CLIMATE CHAOS!" to slam US President George W Bush's inaction on climate change. Bush arrives in Indonesia tomorrow to meet President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.

Greenpeace activists unfurling a banner that says "DON'T AMBUSH OUR FUTURE! STOP NUCLEAR AND CLIMATE CHAOS!" in Jakarta's Tugu Selamat Datang (Welcome Statue) to slam US President George W Bush's inaction on climate change.

Greenpeace activists unfurling a banner that says "DON'T AMBUSH OUR FUTURE! STOP NUCLEAR AND CLIMATE CHAOS!" in Jakarta's Tugu Selamat Datang (Welcome Statue) to slam US President George W Bush's inaction on climate change.

Scientists around the world collectively call for measures to stop climate change, but the Bush administration is refusing to join the global effort to curb climate change, the worst impacts of which are being felt in developing countries in Asia and Africa.

"Mr Bush will be remembered for turning a blind eye on climate change as well as the proliferation of dangerous nuclear energy and weapons. Future generations will suffer the full consequences of climate change if we don't act now," said Nur Hidayati of Greenpeace Southeast Asia. "The US must commit to significant reduction of greenhouse gas emissions to help curb climate change. It is poor people like Indonesians who are bound to suffer more from the intensifying impacts of climate chang e."

From melting glaciers of the northern hemisphere, to severe droughts and floods in Asia and Africa, the advent of climate change has ravaged lives and livelihoods across the globe. Scientists even paint a worse scenario in the near future if the world continues emitting greenhouse gases, caused by burning fossil fuels like coal, oil and gas, at current rates.

The US is the largest emitter of greenhouse gases, accounting for 20 percent of world's emissions. But it refuses to agree to mandatory greenhouse gas reductions, which means a major reduction on fossil fuel use and massive shift to clean renewable energy across the globe. Instead, Bush has been promoting a dangerous alternative - nuclear power -- which is not a solution to climate change and poses more immediate threats to people."

Asia would be served well if Mr Bush opts to join the rest of the world in an aggressive policy to halt climate change.  Our people would really benefit if he promotes renewable energy across the region instead of peddling a dangerous nuclear race," Hidayati added.