States criticize Bush plan to fight global warming
WASHINGTON - Eleven states\' attorneys general urged the Bush administration to adopt a program that sets specific targets to reduce U.S. greenhouse gas emissions that are linked to global warming.
The administration is pushing a plan to have energy companies voluntarily reduce their heat-trapping emissions, rejecting the Kyoto treaty adopted by Europe, Japan and most other countries that seeks to cut the total amount of greenhouse gases emitted into the atmosphere.
President George W. Bush withdrew the United States from the treaty last year, because he feared the accord\'s requirements would hurt the U.S. economy.
In a letter to Bush, the attorneys general said the White House\'s plan was not credible and goes against a recent administration report sent to the United Nations warning of dire climate changes from greenhouse gas emissions.
\"Far from proposing solutions to the climate change problem, the administration has been adopting energy policies that would actually increase greenhouse gas emissions,\" the attorneys general said.
The letter was signed by the top enforcement officials from Alaska, California, Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont.
They said while states are acting on their own to curb emissions, a strong national approach would be more efficient to better protect the American economy in the long run.
\"We strongly believe that prompt implementation of a market-based approach that caps greenhouse gas emissions would promote significant benefits for public health, welfare and the environment in a manner that would be consistent with strong economic policies,\" the officials said.
The United States has 4 percent of the world\'s population, but is the biggest energy consumer and produces 25 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions.
REUTERS NEWS SERVICE
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