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Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Bush Climate Plan Called 'Very Small Step'

President Bush laid out a plan in his State of the Union address that the White House says will confront climate change by stopping the projected growth of carbon dioxide emissions from cars, light trucks, and SUVs within 10 years.

President Bush used his State of the Union address last night to call for a 20 percent reduction in gasoline consumption by 2020.

"America is on the verge of technological breakthroughs that will enable us to live our lives less dependent on oil. These technologies will help us become better stewards of the environment -- and they will help us to confront the serious challenge of global climate change," Bush says.

However, more must be done, says Eileen Claussen, president of the Pew Center on Global Climate Change.

Claussen was one of 14 corporate and environmental CEOs who called on Congress to enact mandatory caps on greenhouse gas emissions this week in order to address the climate change problem.

"Across the United States, scientists, CEOs, environment groups, stategovernments, and members of Congress, are seeking a comprehensive approach to global climate change and what the president is proposing is really onlya very small step in that direction; his plan only affects the transportation sector, which accounts for roughly one-third of US greenhouse gas emissions; and it is unclear how real this commitment is," Claussen says. "If we hope to deal with climate change in a reasonable manner, we needan approach that is both economy-wide and mandatory, and that will put us on a path toward significant greenhouse gas reductions."

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