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NEW YORK (AFP) - Some 500 US mayors pledged on Tuesday to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in line with the Kyoto Protocol, signaling their objections to the environmental policies of President George W. Bush.
"Mayors took action because we have to, because the federal government was silent," said Douglas Palmer, head of the United States conference of Mayors.
A total of 514 US mayors attending an environment summit of world city leaders signed the accord to slash pollutants to below 1990 levels by 2012.
The United States Conference of Mayors' Climate Protection Agreement is the only climate protection agreement of its kind among US elected officials. Bush has refused to sign up to the Kyoto Protocol.
NEW YORK President George W Bush on Monday made it clear that he would be directing the Environmental Protection Agency to take concrete steps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Bush was forced to take this action following a Supreme Court ruling, but although he said some action would be taken by 2008; there was no mention of anything specific.
Speaking in the Rose Garden at White House, Bush said that nothing would be finalized before the regulatory process was put into motion. That process is due to be completed just a few weeks before Mr Bush quits office in 2008.
He added that after the regulatory steps were completed in 2008, his cabinet secretaries would “evaluate the benefits and costs before they put forth the new regulation.”