Bush Offers Modest Greenhouse Gas Reduction Plan

White House Council of Economic Advisers call plan "reasonable" and "gradual".

Published: 05-Feb-2002

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States, which last year rejected a global climate treaty, said on Tuesday it wants to set a "reasonable, gradual" goal to slow its emissions of greenhouse gases and link them to economic output.

"We need to recognize that it makes sense to discuss slowing emission growth before trying to stop and eventually reverse it," the White House Council of Economic Advisers (CEA) said in a report analyzing the overall U.S. economy.

The report was the first hint since last year's U.S. rejection of the U.N.-backed Kyoto treaty of how the United States, the world's biggest polluter, might address greenhouse gas emissions.

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