Bush plans White House speech Wednesday on climate change

By: AP
By: AP

WASHINGTON (AP) -- In a Rose Garden speech Wednesday, President Bush will outline the way he things the United States can reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and challenge lawmakers on climate change legislation up for debate in June.

White House press secretary Dana Perino said Tuesday that Bush will not outline a specific proposal, but instead will lay out a strategy for "long-term" and "realistic" goals for curbing emissions.

Bush wants every major economy, including fast-growing nations like China and India, to establish a national goal for cutting the emissions believed responsible for global warming.

"This will ensure that all major economies, like France, Germany, China and India play a role in any international agreement so as to avoid a future Kyoto-like mistake," Perino said.

A new global warming pact is being crafted to succeed the first phase of the 1997 Kyoto Protocol. It requires 37 industrialized nations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions an average of 5 percent below 1990 levels by 2012. The United States is the only industrialized nation not to have ratified Kyoto, but it agreed with nearly 200 other nations at a conference in Bali in December to negotiate a new agreement by the end of 2009.

Bush also is to talk about his concerns with legislative proposals likely to be considered during Senate floor debate in June, as well as frame a discussion about pending action in the regulatory arena, she said.

"We believe there a right way and a wrong way to address this problem," Perino said, adding that there is no legislative proposal on the hill that the administration supports.

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