Bush Global Warming Plan Called 'Ghost of Enron'

White House says plan will prevent more than 500 million metric tons of greenhouse gases from entering the atmosphere over the next decade, equivalent of taking 70 million cars off the road.

Published: 15-Feb-2002

WASHINGTON, DC, February 14, 2002 (ENS) - With great fanfare, President George W. Bush today unveiled his proposals for reducing U.S. greenhouse gas emissions and other air pollutants. But while Bush says his plan promises "dramatic progress" to improve the environment, environmental groups warn that Bush's proposals would not reduce U.S. emissions global warming gases and could, in fact, increase them.

During a visit to the headquarters of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), President Bush committed the United States to cutting greenhouse gas "intensity," defined as how much greenhouse gas the country emits per unit of economic activity - by 18 percent over the next 10 years.

"I reaffirm America's commitment to the United Nations Framework [Climate Change] Convention and its central goal, to stabilize atmospheric greenhouse gas concentrations at a level that will prevent dangerous human interference with the climate," Bush said. "Our immediate goal is to reduce America's greenhouse gas emissions relative to the size of our economy."

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