BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) -- European Union leaders on Wednesday said President Bush was "completely wrong" to pull out of a global warming agreement and held out hope the United States might yet get back on board.
"We are in genuine disagreement," said Prime Minister Goeran Persson of Sweden, which holds the EU presidency. "We are going to speak loudly and clearly" to save the deal, said Persson at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France.
French Prime Minister Lionel Jospin also criticized Bush, saying his decision not to apply the agreement was a "serious unilateral act."
"This is not an isolationist administration as has been the case before in the Republican tradition. This is more like a unilateralist administration," Jospin said.
The Bush administration said in late March that it has no plans to implement the treaty negotiated in Kyoto, Japan, because it would be bad for the U.S. economy and Congress would never ratify it.
The Kyoto agreement calls for industrial nations to reduce emissions of so-called greenhouse gases -- mainly carbon dioxide from burning fossil fuels -- blamed by scientists for heating up the Earth's atmosphere.
German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer urged the United States not to sink the accord.
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