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ASME Releases Position Paper on Kyoto Protocol

March 12, 1999

The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) has released a new paper that argues that even with maximum utilization of currently available technologies, the U.S. could not meet its carbon emission reduction obligations under the Kyoto Climate Change Protocol by 2008-2012.

The Kyoto Protocol calls for the U.S. to reduce its emissions of greenhouse gases to a level seven percent below 1990 levels.

ASME contends that in order to make significant progress toward meeting the goals, the U.S. would have to phase out the use of coal and maximize the use of natural gas as the primary fuel for electric power generation.

Copies of the paper can be found on the web at www.asme.org/gric or by calling ASME at  202/785-3756.