RE:Bush's withdrawl from the Kyoto Climate Summit
It's not just a U.S. problem Juro.
On a sighly lesser scale, a few years ago back in the U.K. we heard government appointed health officers violently objecting to any public warnings related to BSE (mad cow disease) in the absence of definitive scientific evidence - meaning we won't take any action and will actively resist any independent measures until enough people have contracted the disease.
I seem to recall GWB's father making a similar comment when he was in office about being in support of environmental protection but "not at the expense of jobs".
It sometimes seems to me that our current collective abilities to address global challenges are about as sophisticated as the techniques employed by a seveteenth century surgeon.