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February 20-22, 200
Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA

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November 17, 2000

U.S. report offers steps to fight global warming

U.S. Energy Department researchers issued a report on Thursday detailing how the country could cut greenhouse gas emissions without wrecking the economy and at the same time wean itself from fossil fuels.

The release of the report came as critical talks were underway in The Hague for settling details of the Kyoto Protocol, the international climate-change treaty aimed at cutting major industrial nations' greenhouse gas emissions by 5.2 percent below 1990 levels by 2008-2012.

Such emissions are cited by scientists as a key factor behind rising world temperatures, and corresponding extreme weather and rising sea levels.

The United States entered the talks at odds with its chief adversary on the issue -- the European Union -- on how to go about implementing the Kyoto Protocol. The Clinton administration favors trading mechanisms and other tools for meeting the targeted cuts, while the EU wants more verifiable domestic reductions.

The United States supports the use of emission credits, which it would receive by transferring technology, as well as emissions trading, in which countries would sell spare capacity to those not meeting cutback targets.

The Energy Department study concludes that carbon dioxide emissions could be cut sharply by raising energy and fuel efficiency, increasing spending on government and private energy research and adopting a national trading system for carbon dioxide that offers incentives for companies to surpass reduction targets.

Many of the steps suggested in the report were previously proposed by the White House and others, notably the call for increased funds and mandates to increase the use of renewable fuels. The administration's pending electricity-market restructuring plan would require utilities to purchase set amounts of wind, solar, biomass and other non-hydropower energy resources.

"The most important policies in terms of reducing greenhouse gas emissions were found to include increased research and development; voluntary agreements to promote energy efficiency in vehicles, building and industrial processes; enhanced appliance efficiency standards; a domestic carbon cap and trading system; and electric industry restructuring," the report said.  


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