G8 fails to deliver on environment

A ll eyes were turned on Rostock, Germany, with hope. People thought that the leaders of the G8 nations would touch upon one of the gravest problems besetting the globe and their own countries by taking steps to reverse environmental decline. Hopes have been defeated. The US president once again lived up to his reputation and the expectations of those who funded his election campaigns. As with the Kyoto protocol on global warming, George W. Bush elevated business profits above the well-being of 6 billion people. As with European warnings on Iraq, Bush turned a deaf ear to the German environmental plan. The Rostock summit vindicated no one but the excluded protesters. Politicians failed to live up to the circumstances. Saving the planet is now in the hands of the people. That is, the thinking people, not the self-styled revolutionaries who cite environment problems as an excuse for stone throwing.

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