News & CommentGLOBAL WARMING

Hot Year, But Cool Response in Congress

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Science  12 Jun 1998:
Vol. 280, Issue 5370, pp. 1684
DOI: 10.1126/science.280.5370.1684

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Vice President Al Gore and scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced on 8 June that the global average temperature "far exceeded" previous records for every one of this year's 5 months. But Senate leaders are still refusing even to debate whether to ratify last year's Kyoto treaty to reduce greenhouse emissions out of fears that such reductions could harm economic growth, and congressional staffers say that low gasoline prices make additional spending on alternative energy technology untenable.