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FROM VOLUME 12, NUMBER 3, MARCH 1999

NEWS...
ASME View of Kyoto Protocol


Item #d99mar36

Electricity Daily reported that the American Society of Mechanical Engineers has issued a statement that the Kyoto Protocol timetable for reduction in greenhouse gases is "unrealistic" and that the compliance problems will be "enormous." The ASME statement pointed out that it often takes decades to develop, test, and implement major technological changes and warned that "in order to make major progress in meeting the time frame set by the Kyoto Protocol for the U.S. severe distortion in fuel utilization must be accepted, and large capital expenditures for technology development and deployment will be required." The statement called for "a new generation of nuclear fission reactors," noting that "the nuclear option must be included in any long-term strategy for the reduction of carbon emissions."

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