U.S. Senators Wary of Greenhouse Gas Pact

U.S. Senator's argue for flexible emissions trading and greenhouse gas emission reducing mechanisms that will not harm US economy.

Published: 19-Nov-2000

THE HAGUE (Reuters) - Global warming is a serious issue, but the United States will not accept any mandate to cut its greenhouse gas emissions that does not include action by developing nations, two U.S. senators said Sunday.

Republican Senators Chuck Hagel from Nebraska and Larry Craig from Idaho also stressed that any emission cuts in greenhouse gases -- widely believed to contribute to global warming -- must not damage the U.S. economy.

Those two caveats remain the key stumbling block to U.S. Congressional acceptance of the agreement to cut greenhouse gases laid out in Kyoto in 1997, said Hagel and Craig, both longtime critics of the plan.

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