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Koizumi says climate fight need not harm economy

Date: 19-Feb-02
Country: JAPAN

"Economy and the environment do not run against each other," Koizumi said at a joint news conference with Bush.

"Rather, efforts to improve the environment will bring about development in science and technology and thus also generate greater economic development," he said.

"This perspective should not be lost."

Koizumi's comments diverged from Bush's reasoning in rejecting the Kyoto treaty - that mandatory limits on emissions thought to cause global warming would cripple the economy. Bush instead has proposed tax breaks and other incentives to encourage slower growth in U.S. emissions of greenhouse gases.

Koizumi said "the United States has come up with a very positive proposal" but said Japan also expected further efforts to fight global warming.

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