President Bush and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice opened a global warming conference Thursday, one of two key international meetings this week on greenhouse gases. Top negotiators examine how the U.S. and the world should tackle climate change policy.
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At the State Department today, representatives of the world's largest greenhouse-gas-emitting countries gathered for a conference called by President Bush. The Bush administration has long favored voluntary measures to address the problem, with individual countries making their own decisions about how to act.
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice opened today's summit.
CONDOLEEZZA RICE, U.S. Secretary of State: Let me stress that this is not a one-size-fits-all effort. Every country will make its own decisions, reflecting its own needs and its own interests, its own sources of energy and its own domestic environment. We must be committed to addressing climate change in a way that does not starve economies of the energy they need to grow.
On Monday, the United Nations hosted a gathering on the same issue. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon presented a different approach, based on global action and mandatory targets.
BAN KI-MOON, United Nations Secretary-General:
National action alone is insufficient. No nation can address this challenge on its own. No region can insulate itself from this climate change. That is why we need to confront climate change within a global framework, one that guarantees the highest level of international community that is necessary.