UNITED STATES: Bush to Endorse Ending U.S. Greenhouse Emissions Growth by 2025

President George W. Bush today will set a goal for the U.S. to stop the growth of greenhouse gas emissions by 2025, an administration official said.

In a speech at the White House later today, the president will outline a path for the nation to help curb global warming. Among the goals is letting power plant emissions peak over the next 10 years to 15 years, after which they must decline, the official said. With nine months left in office, Bush won't spell out specific proposals, spokeswoman Dana Perino said yesterday. Rather he will provide a blueprint of what she said are ``realistic'' goals for reducing pollution that many scientists say is contributing to global warming.

The guidelines come as Bush's top environmental adviser, James Connaughton, and Dan Price of the White House National Security Council, head to Paris for a meeting of representatives of the world's major economies for talks on climate change. They are setting an agenda for the July G8 meeting of industrial nations in Japan. At that time, countries would lay out their national goals.

Bush today will spell out how he wants the U.S. to go about curbing harmful emissions, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity before the speech.

The president will say he won't embrace any plan that would raise taxes, duplicate mandates, or impose trade barriers, the official said. The administration also would oppose proposals that would abandon coal or nuclear power, or fix goals that could hurt the economy.

Instead, Bush will say that efforts to curb greenhouse gases should include advances in technology that the U.S. will share with other countries. The president also will call for an overhaul of federal tax credits and research programs to consolidate them into a single package, instead of a federal hodgepodge of incentives that may favor clean coal over solar, for example.

Source: Bloomberg|by Roger Runningen

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