Excerpts: The Kyoto agreement (...) required mandatory
reductions, whereas the Bush plan would be voluntary.
However, administration officials told CNN that if the United States can
get the global community, including developing nations, to participate in the
president's plan, then the actual reduction of greenhouse emissions would be
larger than under Kyoto.
Bush rejected the Kyoto agreement, which 178 other nations accepted last
year, because it exempted developing nations and large polluters such as
The president faced tremendous criticism from environmental groups and U.S.
allies, including Japan, for rejecting Kyoto.