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WWF's postion on Administration and Industry Voluntary CO2 Intensity Targets Announcements

Statement by Katherine Silverthorne, Director, US Climate Change Program, World Wildlife Fund on Administration and Industry Voluntary CO2 Intensity Targets Announcements

WASHINGTON - "Voluntary goals for reducing global warming pollution make no more sense than voluntary standards for drinking water or toxic cleanup. With public health and safety and our environment at risk, failure to establish legally binding reduction targets is simply irresponsible.

"History shows that voluntary measures simply do not deliver a reduction in CO2 emissions. With numerous voluntary measures in place, US CO2 emissions increased over the last decade.

"Under the voluntary CO2 'intensity reduction' targets put forward by the Administration and several industry groups, overall CO2 emissions can and will continue to increase. Wasting crucial time with these intensity reduction targets does more harm than good.

"Responsible bi-partisan approaches in Congress such as the McCain-Lieberman bill mandate CO2 emissions reductions. The Administration should support such an approach."

Read the background information on this article: Corporate Carbon Dioxide Commitments: Separating Fact from Fiction.

Notes to editors: The United States economy reduced its heat-trapping gas intensity by almost 17 percent in the 90's, while increasing emissions by 14.2 percent. Source: The US Inventory of Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks: 1990-2000, US Environmental Protection Agency EPA 430-R-02-003 April 2002

"Greenhouse gas emissions will rise under our approach, no question about that." -- Testimony of James Connaughton, Chairman, Council on Environmental Quality before the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation July 11, 2002