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A statement issued by the International Energy Agency (IEA) May 30, 1989, recommends that all 21 member countries integrate environmental policies into their energy policies to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Energy ministers of the member countries agreed on several actions to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide and oxides of nitrogen and sulfur, and discussed options such as switching to natural gas combustion. For details see Environ. Rptr. Curr. Devel., p. 203, June 2 (or Intl. Environ. Rptr., p. 305, June).

The IEA, an agency of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, also released a long-term forecast in June showing that the world's energy consumption could increase by 50 percent early in the next century. Fossil fuels are expected to supply almost 90 percent of the increased demand; although coal use should remain steady, natural gas use is expected to double. (See Greenhouse Effect Report, p. 58, July 1989.)

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