Martin, world leaders gear up for G-8 summit
Prime Minister Paul Martin says he plans to press the issue of global warming at the G-8 Summit, including speaking "forcefully" to U.S. President George W. Bush, who hasn't signed on to the Kyoto accord.
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The summit of the leaders of the Group of Eight industrialized nations began Wednesday at the plush Gleneagles golf resort in Scotland.
Martin says the Earth is getting warmer and that world leaders must recognize man is a key contributing factor.
"Obviously, accepting the validity of the science is the first step toward dealing with the issue," said Martin Tuesday during a visit to Ireland.
Bush, speaking at a news conference in Copenhagen with Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen, said he believes man does contribute to global warming.
"Listen, I recognize the surface of the Earth is warmer, and that an increase in greenhouse gases caused by humans is contributing to the problem," said Bush.
However, he remained opposed to the Kyoto accord, saying the costs it would impose on industry would ruin the U.S. economy.
The U.S. refused to sign the accord, saying also it wasn't confident in the science behind global warming theories.
Bush also noted that heavy-polluter nations such as India and China don't belong to the accord group.
Bush said he plans to push for a "post-Kyoto" era at the Scottish summit, but didn't specify what that meant.
Martin, who will travel to Scotland on Wednesday, spent the last two days in Ireland meeting with Irish leaders.
He wrapped up his visit by slipping behind the bar at a local pub and pouring pints of Guinness Tuesday evening. Patrons at Johnnie Fox's in the mountain village of Glencullen said they were more than happy to accept the free beer, saying it's not every day they're served by a world leader.