June 11, 2001: George W. Bush's remarks on climate change

The former president explains his decision to withdraw from the 1997 Kyoto Protocol.
2:39 | 06/01/17

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Transcript for June 11, 2001: George W. Bush's remarks on climate change
Morning. Just met with senior members of my administration. Who are working to develop an effective and science based approach to addressing the important issue. Of global climate change. This is an issue that I know is very important to the nations of Europe. Which I will be visiting for the first time as president. The Ers well being as an. Also an issue important to America. And it's an issue that should be important every nation. And every part of our world. The issue of climate change respects no border. Its effects cannot be reined in by an army nor advanced by any ideology. Climate change with his potential to impact every corner of the world. It's an issue that must be addressed. By the world. The Kyoto Protocol was fatally flawed. In fundamental ways. But the process used to bring nations together to discuss our joint response to climate change. Is an important one. That is why I am today committing the United States of America. To work within the United Nations framework and elsewhere to develop with our friends and allies. And nations throughout the world. And effective. And science based response to the issue of global warming. Kyoto is in many ways unrealistic. Many countries cannot meet their Kyoto targets. The targets themselves were arbitrary. And not based upon science. For America complying with those mandates. Would have a negative economic impact. With layoffs of workers. And price increases for consumers. When you evaluate all these flaws. Most reasonable people will understand. That is not sound public policy. That's why 95 members of the United States senate. Expressed a reluctance to endorse such an approach. Yet America's unwillingness to embrace a flawed treaty. Should not be read by our friends and allies is any abdication of responsibility. To the contrary my administration is committed to a leadership role. On the issue of climate change. We recognize our responsibility emblem made it at home in our hemisphere. And in the world.

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