ANDREW C. REVKIN
The New York Times
October 19, 2008
Senator John McCain and Senator Barack Obama part company on many issues, but they agree that the Bush administrationâ€™s policies on global warming were far too weak.
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Both candidates say that human-caused climate change is real and urgent, and that they would sharply diverge from President Bushâ€™s course by proposing legislation requiring sharp cuts in greenhouse gas emissions by midcentury.
Such rare agreement has both industry and environmental groups expecting a big shift, no matter who is elected, on three fronts where the United States has been largely static for eight years: climate legislation, expansion of nonpolluting energy sources and leadership in global talks on fashioning a new climate treaty.
But quick progress could be held hostage to the financial crisis and the prospect of a worldwide recession. The economic turmoil could force the next president to delay legislation that imposes major new costs on struggling businesses or raises energy prices for consumers.