WASHINGTON -- To celebrate Earth Day on Saturday, President Clinton announced two new initiatives to combat global warming, warning that if ignored, rising temperatures will mean more violent storms and flooding.
He also chided the Republican-led Congress for not passing more environmental legislation.
''While the science on climate change has grown stronger, and the need for American leadership has grown greater, some in Congress have buried their heads even deeper in the sand,'' Clinton said in his weekly radio address. He called on lawmakers to approve his $4 billion package of tax credits for energy-efficient homes, cars and appliances.
''The 1990s were the hottest decade on record, and the first three months of 2000 were the hottest here in 100 years,'' the president said. ''Scientists say that the temperature rise is at least partly due to human activity, and that if left unchecked climate change will result in more violent storms, more economic disruptions and more permanent flooding of coastal areas.''
Clinton said he was issuing an executive order requiring that federal agencies reduce the amount of gasoline used in their vehicle fleets by 20 percent in five years. This, he said, will cut oil consumption by 45 million gallons a year.
The president also announced new incentives to cut pollution and greenhouse gases.
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