U.S. Climate Plan Threatens to Deepen Summit Rift

Heart of US plan is emissions trading.

Published: 14-Nov-2000

THE HAGUE (Reuters) - The United States charged ahead on Tuesday with a plan that would help it meet targets for cutting greenhouse gases but deepen its rift with the European Union over how to check global warming.

The U.S. proposal is at the heart of a dispute at a two-week conference here over how to implement a 1997 U.N. climate change agreement which called for cuts in emissions of gases like carbon dioxide.

The U.S. plan would allow countries producing a lot of carbon dioxide to offset emissions against the ability of their forests and farmland to suck up the gas -- so that they could meet targets agreed in Kyoto in 1997 for cutting greenhouse gases.

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