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Release by Senator Chuck Hagel in Response to Recent Developments in Bonn, Germany

By Chuck Hagel - July 23, 2001 12:00 AM

"The agreement reached in Bonn completely underscores President Bush's position that the Kyoto Protocol is not in America's national interest. It severely restricts the use of market mechanisms by reducing the use of emissions trading, placing severe discounts on the use of carbon sequestration efforts and including other measures that reduce a nation's flexibility. The participation of developing nations wasn't even discussed. The Bonn agreement moves the Kyoto Protocol further from the provisions established by a 95-0 Senate vote on the Byrd-Hagel resolution, and further away from any treaty that could ever be ratified by the U.S. Senate.

"I want to applaud Under Secretary Dobriansky for her representation of the U.S. within our commitment to the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change and for her excellent efforts in a challenging situation. The United States is committed to addressing the issue of climate change. But we will not subjugate the economy of the United States, which would have global implications, to an international agreement that would have little to no impact on reducing global greenhouse gas emissions. By completely leaving out any commitments from the developing countries, the Kyoto Protocol is no solution for a global challenge.

"The United States will work to take domestic actions to enhance our knowledge of climate change, to develop technologies necessary to address this challenge and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. I am working with my colleagues in the Senate to develop legislation which would do this.

"And we will continue the efforts already begun by the Bush Administration to work with other nations to address the issue of climate change. However, if our friends and allies are serious in wanting to engage the U.S. in this arena, they must understand that the agreement reached in Bonn does not move toward that goal. It is a step backward in developing genuine international cooperation on climate change."

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