Bush told representatives from the 16 top polluting countries at a U.S.-sponsored conference on climate change in Washington that they must come together to set a goal for emissions reductions.
"Energy security and climate change are two of the great challenges of our time," Bush said. "By setting this goal, we acknowledge there is a problem, and by setting this goal, we commit ourselves to doing something about it."
He said each nation should establish for itself what "tools" it will use to rein in the pollution problem without stunting economic growth.
"The nations in this room have special responsibility," he said. "We must lead the world to produce fewer greenhouse gas emissions.
Wow, is this a 180 degree switch or what.....