In the News: Bush Sets New Greenhouse Emissions Goal

President Bush has called for the United States to stop the growth of greenhouse-gas emissions by 2025 and has challenged other countries – specifically China and India – to abandon trade barriers on new energy-related technology and set emissions benchmarks of their own. The announcement comes before an international conference on climate change convenes in Paris this week, although Bush did not specify how his 2025 goal would be reached. He announced a similar objective in 2002, calling for an 18 percent reduction in the growth of greenhouse gases relative to economic growth by 2012. He says the U.S. is meeting the target and that it’s time to move forward. Critics have denounced the current goal, accusing Bush of derailing legislation that would curb emissions further.

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