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Blair dumps planet

Issue No. 1970

Blair has announced that he is “changing his thinking” about climate change — falling into line with George Bush yet again, despite his promises to focus on the problem.

Speaking at a meeting in New York, organised by former US president Bill Clinton just 17 days after Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans, Blair appeared to do a complete U-turn on the issue of climate change.

Category five hurricanes such as Katrina have doubled in frequency since the 1970s — despite the overall number of hurricanes remaining fairly static. This is one of the most visible examples of the problems caused by climate change.

Yet Blair told his audience, “No country is going to cut its growth or consumption sub­stantially in the light of a ­long term ­environmental problem.

“Some people have signed Kyoto, some people haven’t signed Kyoto, right. That is a disagreement. It’s there. It’s not going to be resolved.”

Phil Thornhill, coordinator of the Campaign against Climate Change, said, “Now that US public opinion is at last changing on the issue of climate change it is stupid for Blair go against that.”

He urged people to protest over climate change at a demonstration planned for 3 December.

The demonstration — called to coincide the UN Climate Change Conference in Montreal, Canada — will take place alongside other mobilisations in the US, Montreal and elsewhere around the globe.

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Sat 1 Oct 2005, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1970
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