Faith in Technology Seen As Answer to Global Warming

Washington will brandish its faith in technology to solve global warming with the launch of a six-nation climate pact in Australia this week, but critics say it looks half-hearted without tough targets or incentives.

Published: 11-Jan-2006

The United States and Australia, the only rich nations to reject the United Nations' Kyoto Protocol, meant to limit warming, will team up with China, India, Japan and South Korea to promote technology like "clean coal" or ways to bury heat-trapping gases.

Some Kyoto Protocol backers reckon that President George W. Bush, via the Asia Pacific Partnership for Clean Development and Climate, is trusting too much in clean-technology breakthroughs that might never come or even be sufficient if they do.

"We welcome (technology pacts) as part of efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, but they won't do the trick," a European Commission representative said of the six-nation plan, to be launched in Sydney, Australia, on Wednesday and Thursday. "If we are serious about reductions, the Kyoto Protocol is the way to go."

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