GREENPEACE RESPONSE TO

GREENPEACE PACIFIC Suva, Fiji Islands

NEWS RELEASE

March 30, 2001

U.S. CLIMATE CHANGE DECISION

Greenpeace position on U.S. rejection of the Kyoto Protocol:

1. That this is an appalling decision but NOT the end of the Kyoto Protocol. The European Union and Japan have made it clear they will not abandon the Protocol.

2. We need a legally binding treaty in place to reduce climate pollution from industrialized countries. Time is of the essence. The latest U.N. report makes it clear we are reaching the point of no return in terms of stabilizing the global climate system.

3. Latest reports from the Marshall Islands and Bougainville suggest we are already seeing the direct impact of climate change on Pacific Islanders. That is why we need the Kyoto Protocol to be agreed, ratified and implemented.

4. The U.S. rationale for the decision to abandon the Kyoto Protocol is wrong. Many independent and federal studies have shown emissions can be reduced with a real benefit to the U.S. economy, and allow the U.S. to reduce its dependence on foreign energy sources.

5. The U.S. also leads the way in research and development of energy efficient and renewable energy technologies- future development of these sectors could bring huge benefits to the U.S. economy.

Please contact Angie Heffernan at TEL: 679 312861 for more details.

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