EU: Support Rising for Climate Deal Without U.S.

European Union is gaining support from Russia, Asia and the developing world for pushing ahead with a 1997 deal on combating global warming.

Published: 09-Apr-2001

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union is gaining support from Russia, Asia and the developing world for pushing ahead with a 1997 deal on combating global warming that the United States has rejected, EU officials said Monday.

A delegation from the 15-country European bloc is in Japan on the last leg of a diplomatic tour to urge world powers to stick to the deal on cutting "greenhouse gases" that the White House threw out last month.

A budget proposal for 2002 presented by President Bush to the U.S. Congress Monday would prohibit the government from spending any money to implement the 1997 Kyoto treaty. The proposal would cut some $2.3 billion in federal funding for an array of U.S. environmental programs.

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