06/06/2008 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

About Time. White House Admits Humans Contribute to Climate Change

"Scientific Assesment of the Effects of Global Change on the United States," one of two reports released today by the Bush administration, acknowledges that rising temperatures and a changing climate could pose challenges for everything from agriculture and water to energy use.

The language, tough by the administration's standards, largely parrots previous reports by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, down to the "likely" and "very likely" italics. But the reports are still significant, given the popular perception for years that the administration was at odds with the bulk of scientific research.

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