2005: Bush takes heat on global warming - The New York Times
As politicians and commentators around the world took in pictures of the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina, many seized the opportunity to blame the fierce storm, at least in part, on the Bush administration's environmental policy.
"The Bush government rejects international climate protection goals by insisting that imposing them would negatively impact the American economy," wrote Jürgen Tritten, Germany's environment minister and a Green Party member.
"The American president is closing his eyes to the economic and human costs his land and the world economy are suffering under natural catastrophes like Katrina," Tritten charged.
In parts of the world where U.S. environmental policy is regarded as morally irresponsible, the possibility of a connection was the talk of the day.
President Hugo Chávez of Venezuela, a frequent critic of the Bush administration, wagged a finger: Noting that the United States had not signed the Kyoto treaty, he said that global warming was behind the ferocity of recent hurricanes, according to The Associated Press in Caracas, and blamed "capitalist consumerism" that he said was championed by Americans.