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U.S. to Withdraw from Kyoto Global Warming Treaty

The Bush administration plans to withdraw from the 1997 Kyoto treaty on greenhouse gas emissions, EPA Administrator Christine Todd Whitman told reporters on March 27. The treaty requires the United States to reduce greenhouse emissions to 7 percent below 1990 levels by 2012.

"We have no interest in implementing that treaty," said Whitman. She pointed out that no major industrial nation had ratified the agreement in the years since it was negotiated.

The treaty agreed to by the Clinton administration, but faced an uphill battle on Capitol Hill. Bush argued that it would harm the U.S. economy and unfairly exempts developing countries like China and India.

- 03/27/01

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