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Science  20 Feb 1998:
Vol. 279, Issue 5354, pp. 1124
DOI: 10.1126/science.279.5354.1124

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Top Administration science officials got a cool reception from some House Republicans last week, when they went before the House Science Committee to defend their plans to implement a United Nations protocol to reduce greenhouse gases. Committee Chair James Sensenbrenner (R-WI) sparred with Jack Gibbons, the president's departing science adviser, on whether a global-warming threat exists; on the terms of the protocol, signed in Kyoto, Japan, in December; on a request for $2.7 billion in climate change-related research and technology programs over the next 5 years; and on how the White House plans to fund those programs.