Facebook Twitter

U.S. will ‘do our own thing’ to stem greenhouse gases

SHARE U.S. will ‘do our own thing’ to stem greenhouse gases

WASHINGTON — The White House is unlikely to offer alternatives to the Kyoto global warming treaty and instead favors hemispheric and domestic plans for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Christine Todd Whitman said in a Washington Post interview published today.

"Basically, we're going to continue to do our own thing here," Whitman was quoted as saying during a meeting Thursday with Washington Post editors and reporters.

Whitman told the Post the Bush administration will offer a detailed proposal later this year for reducing emissions other than carbon dioxide from U.S. power plants and factories.

The Bush administration would also explore plans with Canada and Mexico for curbing levels of greenhouse gas emissions that some scientists blame for global warming, Whitman told the Post.

Delegates from 178 countries meeting in Bonn reached agreement Monday to salvage the 1997 Kyoto global warming treaty despite U.S. rejection of the plan in March.

Whitman told the Post that she is skeptical that the Bonn agreement would be effective. The Kyoto treaty calls for industrialized states to trim output of greenhouse gases to an average of 5.2 percent below 1990 levels by 2012.

Whitman was quoted as saying President Bush would continue to pursue an alternative approach that stresses research, market-based solutions and technology transfers to developing countries with serious pollution problems.