*NEWS*BUSH PUSHED ON CLIMATE

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*NEWS*BUSH PUSHED ON CLIMATE

 user 2005-12-08 at 10:51:00 am Views: 64
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    US senators push Bush on climate
    Almost
    a quarter of the US Senate has written to President George Bush urging
    him to join UN talks on climate change currently taking place in
    Canada.Among the 24 senators to sign the open letter were Democrat
    Hilary Clinton and leading Republican John McCain.
    It comes at a key
    stage of the Montreal conference, where the US delegation has been
    blocking proposals to start formal talks on how to tackle global
    warming.The current targets within the Kyoto Protocol will expire in
    2012.
    The US – the world’s biggest emitter of green house gases -
    withdrew its signature from Kyoto in 2001, saying it was flawed and
    costly to introduce.
    Global action
    The senators’ open letter to
    the White House calls for a change of tack, describing climate change
    as one of the most pressing issues facing humankind.It urges the Bush
    administration to fulfil what the senators say is a legal obligation to
    play a constructive role in talks about global action to combat climate
    change beyond 2012.
    CLIMATE CHANGE EXPLAINED
    “The US should, at a
    minimum, refrain from blocking or obstructing such discussions… since
    it would be inconsistent with its ongoing treaty obligations,” it
    says.Last week, chief US negotiator Harlan Watson said he was opposed
    to any negotiation about imposing Kyoto-style limits on US emissions.
    In
    recent months the mayors of almost 200 US cities, including New York,
    have signed an agreement designed to protect the climate in the face of
    Mr Bush’s withdrawal from Kyoto.
    The White House has since 2002
    embarked on a voluntary policy to reduce US emissions through new
    technology. It argues that binding limits would harm the US economy.The
    Kyoto accord came into force earlier this year, seven years after it
    was signed in 1997. It requires industrialised nations to cut their
    emissions of CO2 (carbon dioxide) and other gases blamed for warming
    the planet.
    Some 156 countries have ratified the treaty, which pledges to reduce global emissions by 5.2% by 2012