John McCaslin

President Bush didn't buy into man-made "global warming" during his first seven years in office, so why expect him to now as a lame-duck president?

Consider the letter sent this week by Rep. Edward J. Markey of Massachusetts to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice chiding the Bush administration for sending "a grand total of zero participants" to a major international renewable-energy conference to combat global warming that just wrapped up in Berlin. Some 200 representatives from more than 50 countries attended.

"The Bush administration talks a big game on cooperation, but is conspicuously absent when the world tries to cooperate on renewable energy and global warming," the Democratic chairman of the Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming wrote to Miss Rice.

"The planet needs a global commitment if we are to save it, and this slight to the international community will not solve anything, and only serve to reinforce the poor standing of this administration on the international stage."

We'll let you know if and when the secretary writes back.

John McCaslin

John McCaslin is a contributing columnist on and author of Inside The Beltway: Offbeat Stories, Scoops, and Shenanigans from around the Nation's Capital .

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