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December 12, 2010 | By Margot Roosevelt, Los Angeles Times
Delegates from 190 countries ended two weeks of diplomatic brinksmanship over climate change Saturday in a stalemate between rich and poor countries over cutting greenhouse gas emissions, but they pledged to move forward on a set of broad technical measures. The new pacts envision eventual rules for measuring planet-heating pollution. They would also fund efforts in the most vulnerable countries to combat the effects of rising sea levels, longer droughts and stronger hurricanes.
December 7, 2009 | By Jim Tankersley
When world leaders gather in Copenhagen today for negotiations on a new agreement to combat climate change, their success or failure will ride on economics, not environmental science. Theoretically, the two-week conference will focus on measures to limit emissions of the heat-trapping gases blamed for global warming. But the major debates will center on money: How could emission limits affect major industries and the jobs they provide? How could a new climate treaty reshape the global economic playing field?
October 28, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
The upper house of Russia's parliament ratified the Kyoto Protocol and sent it on to President Vladimir V. Putin for his signature -- setting the stage for the global climate treaty to come into force next year. Putin's stamp of approval is considered a formality, but the Kremlin has given no indication of when he will sign the pact, which seeks to slow global warming by reducing greenhouse-gas emissions. The pact will apply only to nations that ratify it, a group that does not include the U.S.
May 2, 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."
March 28, 2001 | Associated Press
The Bush administration has no plans to implement the 1997 climate treaty negotiated in Kyoto, Japan, because it's clear that Congress won't ratify it anyway, the chief of the Environmental Protection Agency said Tuesday. "We have no interest in implementing that treaty," EPA Administrator Christie Whitman told reporters, although she said President Bush continues to believe that global warming is an issue of concern.
April 1, 2001 | From Associated Press
European environment ministers said Saturday that the Kyoto global warming treaty is still "alive" and that they will go forward with ratification plans--with or without the United States. The ministers, who gathered in this city 90 miles above the Arctic Circle, condemned President Bush's rejection of mandatory reductions of carbon dioxide emissions called for under the 1997 climate treaty. Bush said Thursday that the compulsory reductions were too harmful to the U.S. economy.
August 4, 2012
Responding to Robert Bryce's July 27 Op-Ed article on coal-generated electricity, "Dirty but essential," Irvin Dawid wrote in a letter published Wednesday: "Bryce begins his Op-Ed article on coal at Peabody Energy's huge North Antelope Rochelle Mine near Gillette, Wyo. Is that really the best place to get an idea as to how 'essential' coal is to our future? "I would point Bryce to a Georgia Power Co.plant featured in a July 14 NPR report. The plant manager explained all the reasons why his plant converted from coal to natural gas - part of a wave of conversions that accounts for the two fuels each being responsible for about one-third of the nation's electricity production.
November 11, 2001 | From Associated Press
Heat-trapping carbon dioxide emissions jumped 3.1% in the United States last year, the biggest one-year increase since the mid-1990s, the Energy Department reported Friday. Carbon dioxide emissions in 2000 were nearly 14% higher than in 1990, the department's Energy Information Administration said. The global-warming pact that President Bush rejected this year commits industrialized countries to roll back "greenhouse" gas emissions to 1990 levels. The unusually large increase in U.S.
January 23, 2007
Re "Feinstein, Boxer differ on global warming," Jan. 18 Sen. Dianne Feinstein's (D-Calif.) plan is too timid; Sen. Barbara Boxer's (D-Calif.) is better because it supports California's right to lead by example in a very crucial area. That said, neither plan is sufficient. Right now, the people of California need a joint effort by our environmentally aware senators to set in motion a series of events that will in two years have the United States ready to ratify the Kyoto treaty -- and to end China and India's exemption very soon thereafter.
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