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Bush: Kyoto treaty would have "wrecked" US economy

[JURIST] In a White House interview with Danish television [recorded video via DR] that aired Thursday, US President George W. Bush said that agreeing to the requirements of the Kyoto Protocol [text] on climate change would have "wrecked" the US economy. Bush noted that other "big polluters" like India and China have also refused to accept the treaty's terms. AP has more. Meanwhile British Prime Minister Tony Blair [official website], who plans to discuss issues related to greenhouse gas emissions at the upcoming G8 meeting [official website], has said that the US cannot be persuaded to accept the Kyoto treaty conditions. As G8 host and chair, Blair is debating whether to release a final statement at the summit that excludes the US on environmental issues. The move would be politically risky but it might coax the US into more extended debate about greenhouse gas emissions. The Guardian has more.

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