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McCain Objects to Bush's Kyoto Stand

Nation IN BRIEF / WASHINGTON, D.C.

May 02, 2001|From Times Wire Reports

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) criticized the Bush administration for scrapping rather than trying to fix the 1997 Kyoto climate treaty and its mandatory pollution reductions to curb heat-trapping greenhouse gases.

"I wouldn't have done that," the former presidential contender said in an interview. "I don't agree with everything in the Kyoto Protocol, but I think it is a framework we could have continued to work with. We could have fixed it."

The treaty, hammered out in Kyoto, Japan, calls on industrial nations to cut heat-trapping emissions to below 1990 levels by 2012. President Bush sparked an international outcry when he said on March 28 that it was unworkable and discriminates against the United States.

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