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Argentina blasts wealthy on environment

Dec. 16, 2004 at 1:58 PM

BUENOS AIRES, Dec. 16 (UPI) -- Argentine President Nestor Kirchner lambasted wealthy nations for not doing their part to reduce global warming, La Nacion reported Thursday.

"There is no reason that some developed countries don't fulfill their commitment" to reducing greenhouse gases, said Kirchner while speaking at a U.N. session on climate change in Buenos Aires.

The Argentine president's remarks were thought to be directed at the United States, which refuses to sign the environment-protecting Kyoto Protocol.

Set to go into effect in February 2005, the protocol requires signatories to reduce greenhouse gas emission to 1990 levels by the year 2012.

The United States -- the world's largest emitter of greenhouse gases -- has refused to sign the protocol saying it would unfairly hamper U.S. industry.

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