Bush says climate deal possible during his term

U.S. President George W. Bush (3rd L) walks to a news conference with European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso (L), Janez Jansa, prime minister of current European Union president Slovenia (R) and their security detail at Brdo Castle, June 10, 2008 REUTERS/Jason Reed

BRDO, Slovenia (Reuters) - U.S. President George W. Bush said on Tuesday a global agreement on fighting climate change could still be reached during his presidency, which ends early in 2009.

“I think we can get a global agreement on climate change during my presidency -- just so you know,” Bush told a news conference after a summit with the 27-nation European Union’s top officials in Slovenia.

The EU has often criticized the United States for having failed to ratify the Kyoto protocol on limiting greenhouse gas emissions blamed for climate warming or taking action to lower emissions of carbon dioxide.