Bush Global Warming Plan Gets Frosty Welcome

World reaction to Bush climate plan mostly critical.

Published: 15-Feb-2002

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - President Bush's new climate strategy met a frosty response around the world on Friday, with one EU politician questioning the morality of a plan that will let U.S. greenhouse gas emissions rise.

Bush offered incentives to firms for voluntarily slowing the rise in heat-trapping gas emissions blamed for global warming, having rejected the mandatory reductions demanded by the 1997 Kyoto Treaty which he said would harm the U.S. economy.

"It's really shocking...it's a bit like saying: 'wealth is for us today in 2002 and we will leave the problems for our children or for people in Africa or Asia'," said Belgium's Green Party Energy Minister Olivier Deleuze.



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