A Change in Climate

A CHANGE IN CLIMATE

Statement by Worldwatch President, Chris Flavin on the Bush Administration’s alternative to the Kyoto protocol


Thursday, 10 January 2002

Washington, DC - ”We welcome that the Bush Administration is changing its position and taking the climate issue more seriously. Introducing new tax incentives for more efficient and renewable energy technologies is certainly a step in the right direction.

“I am however concerned about the adequacy of the commitment being made and in particular that the administration plans to increase US emissions by at least an additional 12 percent in the next ten years. This will leave the US producing at least 35 percent more greenhouse gasses in 2010 than would be permitted under the Kyoto protocol.

“It is particularly disturbing to see the world’s leading producer of greenhouse gasses (producing 25 percent of the emissions with less than five percent of the world’s population) propose to continue increasing those levels.”

FIND MORE RELATED INFORMATION ON THE WORLDWATCH WEBSITE:

Energy Research Center: http://www.worldwatch.org/topics/energy/energy/
Climate Change Research Center: http://www.worldwatch.org/topics/energy/climate/