Bush op­posed to any Ky­oto-style car­bon emis­sion lim­its

The Washington Times Weekly - - National - By Stephen Di­nan

The White House said Jan. 16 that Pres­i­dent Bush has ruled out Ky­oto-style caps on car­bon emis­sion­sas­thes­o­lu­tion­toglob­al­warm­ing, re­ject­ing the pro­posal fa­vored by Democrats and most Euro­pean lead­ers.

Spokesman Tony Snow said Mr. Bush will lay out his new cli­mat­e­change pol­icy in his State of the Union ad­dress this week, but sources­fa­mil­iar­with­the­draftin­gof the speech said the pres­i­dent will ar­gue that global warm­ing can be bet­ter ad­dressed through tech­nol­o­gyand­greateruse­ofre­new­ableen­ergy sources than through caps im­pose­donbusi­ness­esandin­dus­tries.

An­a­lysts and ob­servers have spec­u­lat­ed­for­month­sthatMr.Bush is due for a change in his glob­al­warm­ing pol­icy, not least be­cause some of his top ad­vis­ers, in­clud­ing Trea­surySec­re­taryHen­ryM.Paul­son Jr., sup­port such a move.

Re­ports from Lon­don last week said Bri­tish of­fi­cials were pre­dict­ing Mr. Bush would adopt manda­tory car­bon caps, the type of so­lu­tion called for in the Ky­oto Pro­to­col ne­go­ti­ated by Pres­i­dent Clin­ton but re­jected by Mr. Bush.

On­Jan.16,though,Mr.Snow­shot those re­ports down. “That’s not some­thing we’re talk­ing about,” he said.

MichaelMcKenna,aRepub­li­can strate­gist and lob­by­ist on en­ergy is­sues, said Mr. Bush will con­tinue and ex­pand his pol­icy of push­ing tech­nol­ogy and re­new­able en­ergy fu­els, such as ethanol.

“What he’s do­ing is sim­ply amp­ing up what he has said all along — that the an­swer to this thing is tech­nol­ogy, tech­nol­ogy that gets de­vel­oped as quickly as pos­si­ble and shared as quickly as pos­si­ble,” Mr. McKenna said.

Afteryear­sof­call­ing­for­more­science on the is­sue, Mr. Bush an­nounced last year that he has con­cluded hu­mans are a com­po­nent of global warm­ing. But he also has con­cluded that manda­tory Ky­oto­style caps — which set a limit for car­bone­mis­sions,whichare­cit­edby many sci­en­tists as the cause of global warm­ing — wouldn’t work and would harm the U.S econ­omy.

Mr. Bush also ar­gues that the Ky­oto Pro­to­col fails be­cause it doesn’t in­clude de­vel­op­ing na­tions such as China and In­dia. That was also one of the pri­mary rea­sons the treaty­was­re­buffed95-0bytheSe­nateinJu­ly1997i­nasense­oftheSe­nate res­o­lu­tion and was never sub­mit­ted for rat­i­fi­ca­tion.

Mr. Bush has pushed for in­ter­na­tional co­op­er­a­tion to en­cour­age trans­fer of clean tech­nol­ogy to those na­tions as an al­ter­na­tive to manda­tory caps.

House Ma­jor­ity Leader Steny H. Hoyer, Mary­land Demo­crat, said that his party will work with Mr. Bush on the is­sue, but that the pres­i­dent has been in “a state of de­nial with re­spect to global warm­ing.”

For months, there has been a de­bate inside the ad­min­is­tra­tion about which path Mr. Bush should fol­low, butMr.McKen­na­saidthes­peech­will end that — and sig­nal a vic­tory for those who op­pose Ky­oto-style caps.

“It is go­ing to be an im­plicit re­buke to folks [. . . ] who are press­ing for man­dates. It’s re­ally go­ing to be sort of a rel­a­tively clear res­tate­ment of ‘Here’s how I think we should go about this,’ ” Mr. McKenna said.

Mr. Snow said that Mr. Bush has com­mit­ted $29 bil­lion to cli­mate science and clean-en­ergy tech­nol­ogy, and that al­though fund­ing for cli­mate re­search at NASA is fall­ing, the bud­get for the Na­tional Oceanic and At­mo­spheric Ad­min­is­tra­tion is in­creas­ing.

“We’re not only putting more money into it, but we’re also try­ing to fig­ure out ways to use tech­nol­ogy so that you can han­dle the com­plex busi­ness of try­ing to mea­sure and char­ac­ter­ize changes in global tem­per­a­ture­totry­tofig­ure­outwhatthe pre­cise causes are,” he said.

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En­joy­ing the mild win­ter weather: Pres­i­dent Bush waves as he boards Marine One at the White House on Jan. 17 be­fore head­ing to the Na­tional In­sti­tutes of Health.

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