Washington Abandons Treaty to Fight Global Warming

Administration spokesman said only one of the 55 nations whose approval is required to put the treaty in effect -- Romania -- had so far acted to comply with the pact.

Published: 28-Mar-2001

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States has effectively abandoned the 1997 Kyoto treaty to fight global warming, which President George W. Bush says is counter to U.S. economic interests, a White House spokesman said on Wednesday.

The move comes as a blow to European hopes that the United States would press ahead on an issue Europe has said is central to relations with the United States.

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