Bush Seeks to Reassure Allies on Global Warming

Bush defends greenhouse gas decision by saying US in midst of energy shortage.

Published: 29-Mar-2001

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Bush sought to reassure German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder and other European allies on Thursday that he would work with them on reducing greenhouse gas emissions linked to global climate change.

At a news conference in advance of his White House meeting with Schroeder, Bush defended his rejection of the Kyoto global warming treaty, saying the United States was in the midst of an energy shortage and stressing that his top priority was to keep the U.S. economy on a steady course.

"We'll be working with Germany, we'll be working with our allies to reduce greenhouse gases, but I will not accept anything that will harm our economy and hurt our American workers," Bush told reporters.



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