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FROM VOLUME 11, NUMBER 3, MARCH 1998
commitments hammered out in Kyoto last December are subject to a one-year signature period
which began March 16, 1998. But experts at a February meeting on the protocol held at the
Royal Institute of International Affairs said that its complexity and unresolved issues
could delay it from taking force for several years.
Most view the United States as an essential participant. Speaking before a Senate
committee, Stuart Eizenstat, an undersecretary of state, said that the Clinton
Administration intends to sign the treaty within a year but will not seek Senate approval
until key developing countries agree to limit greenhouse gas emissions. In early February,
Clinton announced his new fiscal year 1999 budget, which contains $1.7 billion in
provisions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, including funding for technology
development and tax incentives.
Icy to White House Plans," A. Lawler,Science, p. 1124, Feb. 20, 1998. Top
Administration science officials defended plans to implement the protocol, especially
technology funding, before the House Science Committee.
Reflects Climate Concerns, But Will Congress Concur?Global Environ. Change Rep.,
pp. 1-3, Feb. 13, 1998.
Sets Precedent for Emissions Trading Program," C. Cooney,Environ. Sci. &
Technol., pp. 74A-75A, Feb. 1, 1998. The emissions trading plan favored by the U.S.,
which barely survived the Kyoto agreements, is viewed with suspicion by developing
countries and the U.S. fossil fuel industry, and is out of favor with some other U.S.
businesses, and the European Union.
Conference," B. Hileman,Chem. Eng. News, pp. 20-22, Dec. 22, 1997. An overall
summary and analysis of the outcome.
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