As the president said, in an address from the White House:
Truth be told, the problem has been our whole attitude about globalisation. When I say “our”, I really mean in this context the elite… We have all been focused on boosting or maintaining greater economic growth… But we have not prepared sufficiently for the toll that irresponsible growth is having on the environment… We all assume technology will come to the rescue, but so far we have not found the silver bullet and carbon emissions continue to climb.
This imagined presidential address forms part of a document prepared by the United States National Intelligence Council (NIC) in 2008.
Global Trends 2025: A Transformed World, November 2008 [Note: This is a large (120 page) PDF file that opens slowly.]