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 user 2005-03-05 at 10:32:00 am Views: 97
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    U.S. Must Address Global Warming, Bush Ally

    HOUSTON (March 05) – Former Secretary of State James Baker,
    a close ally of the Bush family, broke ranks with the Bush administration on
    Thursday and called for the United States to get serious about global

    Baker, in a speech to an audience that included a number of
    oil company executives, said “orderly” change to alternative energy was

    “It may surprise you a little bit, but maybe it’s because
    I’m a hunter and a fisherman, but I think we need to a pay a little more
    attention to what we need to do to protect our environment,” he told the Houston
    Forum Club.

    “When you have energy companies like Shell and British
    Petroleum, both of which are perhaps represented in this room, saying there is a
    problem with excess carbon dioxide emission, I think we ought to listen,” Baker

    Baker ran presidential campaigns for George Bush and served
    in his Cabinet and led George W. Bush’s controversial legal fight to win the
    Florida vote in the 2000 election.

    The current Bush administration has been skeptical about
    global warming and refused to sign on to the international Kyoto Treaty to
    combat climate change, saying it would hurt the U.S. economy.

    Baker said he agreed with the decision not to join Kyoto,
    calling it “a lousy treaty” because it did not include China and India.

    But he said he supported “a gradual and orderly transition”
    to new fuels.

    “I think we need to go forward with some sort of gradual,
    resourceful search for alternative sources,” Baker said.

    Many scientists blame the burning of fossil fuels such as
    coal and oil for creating a “greenhouse” effect that is warming the world

    The United States is the leading oil consumer and top
    producer of greenhouse gases. Most U.S. energy companies reject the idea that
    global warming is occurrin