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Bush sets greenhouse-gas emissions goal for 2025

The president says the level will stabilize by that year, but he sets no cap.

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President Bush on Tuesday called on the US to set policies that stabilize greenhouse-gas emissions by 2025. To achieve that objective, the president said, emissions from the utility industry must peak within the next 10 to 15 years.

During the Rose Garden speech, Mr. Bush also outlined what he perceives as the right way to craft domestic legislation to deal with global warming, and suggested ways of designing a unified set of incentives to speed the development and deployment of climate-friendly technologies. He put special emphasis on developing a new generation of nuclear reactors and technologies to capture and sequester carbon dioxide from burning coal.

On Capitol Hill, where Congress is about to debate measures that would be far tougher than those the president outlined, responses to Bush's speech ranged from lukewarm to frosty.

"I am glad the president finally wants to engage on the issue of climate change." said Rep. John Dingell (D) of Michigan and chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. "The best way for him to do that is by coming forward with a concrete legislative proposal."


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