I had some really interesting and productive meetings in London this week -- discussing the climate crisis with the Chancellor of the Exchequer Gordon Brown, who is widely expected to be the next Prime Minister when Tony Blair retires.
Chancellor Brown has introduced a package of binding CO2 reductions in the United Kingdom that represent real leadership. The same day I met with the leader of the Conservative Party, David Cameron, and 80 of his fellow Tory Members of Parliament. They were unanimous in their determination to propose meaningful solutions to the climate crisis. There has been a revolution in British politics, with the two largest parties now wholeheartedly committed to CO2 reductions and international leadership to solve the climate crisis.
I can’t tell you how refreshing and encouraging it is to watch and listen to a vigorous and healthy debate that is focused on who can provide the most effective and imaginative solutions to the climate crisis. I told members of both parties that even in the midst of their competition, they should feel a sense of pride in showing how politics can be a constructive source for creative energy. I also told them how much I wished the United States could make the global environment a bipartisan issue – as it once was.