U.S. Firms Worried Climate Talks Could Limit Options

Firms worry tough negotiations at Hague conference would tighten restrictions in the way they deal with pollution.

Published: 21-Nov-2000

THE HAGUE, Nov 21 (Reuters) - Several U.S. firms said on Tuesday they were worried that climate change negotiators will scrap market-based mechanisms to stop global warming laid out by a three-year-old international pact.

Those firms were worried that tough negotiations at the United Nations conference here would tighten restrictions that could force costly changes in the way they deal with pollution.

Companies such as chip maker Intel Corp. and chemicals giant Dupont said they had already started their own independent programmes to cut emissions of so-called greenhouse gases that increase global temperatures.

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