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Major Challenges for Bush's Climate Initiative

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Science  13 Jul 2001:
Vol. 293, Issue 5528, pp. 199-201
DOI: 10.1126/science.293.5528.199

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When President George W. Bush yanked support for the Kyoto Protocol last month and called for more research to reduce the "uncertainties" about global warming, many policy-makers and scientists worldwide said Bush's stance was just another excuse for inaction. Many climate scientists believe that, despite the admittedly large uncertainties, their current knowledge merits action. But scientists do see a silver lining: the opportunity to focus climate science on key research and rein in the country's sprawling research enterprise.