Poor old Condi, being sent to bat for the President again. Yesterday the poor US secretary of state, Condoleezza Rice, had to defend Bush’s climate change conference in Washington against accusations that it was a spoiler intended to undermine UN efforts to secure a global compromise.

As activists including OCI’s Director, Steve Kretzmann were arrested outside with banners stating “Bush: Wrong Way on Global Warming”, Condi defended her boss.

She was speaking at the opening of the two-day “Major Emitters” conference, which is being attended by more than 20 of the world’s biggest polluters, including China, India and Russia, as well as Britain, France and Germany. Together they account for 90% of greenhouse gas emissions.

Rice said: “We need to answer just one fundamental question: what kind of world do we wish to inhabit and what kind of world do we wish to pass on to future generations?” But she did nothing to dispel scepticism from EU representatives about the value of the conference.

Bush is to speak at the conference today. Now that should be exciting. Will the last one awake please turn out the lights…