BANFF, Alta. — Environmental lawyer Robert Kennedy Jr. says U.S. President George W. Bush is the greatest threat facing the planet's environment.
Kennedy said every country has people who believe the planet should be treated as if it were a business, liquidating and converting natural resources to cash as quickly as possible.
"You can do that, you can generate an instantaneous cash flow and the illusion of a prosperous economy, but our children are going to pay for our joyride,'' he said.
But the scion of the powerful Kennedy family saved his harshest words for the U.S. president.
"In the United States, we have a president who has launched a jihad against the American environment and the world environment ... by walking away from global treaties such as Kyoto."
Kyoto is the global climate change accord requiring countries to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
"We used to have the best laws in the world and over the last four years this president has just eviscerated them."
Kennedy said that five years ago, environmental groups would have been hard-pressed to choose between acid rain, overpopulation or global warming as the biggest challenge.
"Today, they'll all tell you it's George Bush," he said. "All of our problems are solvable. We have the technology to fix all our environmental problems. The only question is whether we have the political will."