Bush backs emissions plan

May 04, 1992|By Los Angeles Times

UNITED NATIONS -- The Bush administration has decided to embrace a compromise proposal calling for reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, and President Bush has telephoned several European leaders this weekend to tell them "we're on board," according to White House officials.

The flurry of telephone calls yesterday by Mr. Bush to German Chancellor Helmut Kohl and other European leaders was described by some administration officials as part of a pressure campaign to urge the U.S. allies to support the plan, which is more modest than the Europeans had endorsed.

The officials said yesterday that the White House hoped to forge a broader backing for the watered-down plan so that Mr. Bush could attend a global environmental summit in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, next month as part of a coalition of developed nations.

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