Bush maintains Earth summit was a success

June 14, 1992|By New York Times News Service

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil -- President Bush left the Earth Summit yesterday firing parting shots at his many critics.

Speaking at a news conference, Mr. Bush dismissed suggestions that his appearance here had not gone well.

Mr. Bush, who agreed to sign only a watered-down version of the summit treaty to reduce the threat of global warming, proposed Friday that the nations gather on Jan. 1 to report specific plans to reduce emissions of pollutants that trap heat in the Earth's atmosphere.

At the news conference, Mr. Bush rejected the notion that his call for an early start on the global warming issue was not welcomed: "The developed nations want to meet the commitments they've signed up for, so I've not found that it wasn't well received at all."

Mr. Bush seemed edgy, ending the session by denouncing House Democrats. Several House committees are investigating Mr. Bush's conduct of U.S. policy toward Iraq and rumors that Mr. Bush and Ronald Reagan worked secretly in 1980 to delay release of American hostages in Iran.

The president characterized inquiries into allegations that his administration helped build Saddam Hussein into a global menace as "recklessly" conducted.

"Why the Congress keeps spending the taxpayers' monies on these witch hunts, I do not know." he said. "And I'm a little sick of it, but there's not a heck of a lot I can do about it except to express a continual and somewhat mounting frustration as I see now another attack."

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