Zapatero to lead alternative energy drive

16th February 2005, Comments 0 comments

16 February 2005, MADRID-On the day the Kyoto Protocol came into action, the Spanish prime minister announced a series of pledges to reduce greenhouse gases.

16 February 2005

MADRID-On the day the Kyoto Protocol came into action, the Spanish prime minister announced a series of pledges to reduce greenhouse gases.

Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero pledged to revise the National Energy Plan in 2005 and  promised new plans to promote alternative energy sources.

The Spanish premier also said the Socialist government would keep its promises to  reduce the use of nuclear power.

Zapatero was speaking at a meeting to mark the introduction of the Kyoto Protocol, signed by 141 countries but with the conspicuous exception of the US. 

He said today was a day of hope not only in Spain or Europe but all over the world.

Zapatero added that even though the Kyoto Protocol was not the only solution to reducing greenhouse gases it marked an "enormous step".

He said the Spanish government would revise the National Energy Plan in 2005, promoting alternative energy sources and the more efficient use of energy sources.

He said his government was also committed to the disappearance of nuclear energy in the medium term.

In a bid to boost support for a 'yes' vote in Sunday's referendum on the EU Constitution, Zapatero said if Spain backed a new constitution, the document would support the environment.

Zapatero said that climate change was the biggest environmental problem facing humanity and that the world should listen and confront the deterioration of the environment.

It comes a day after a team of 400 investigators said Spain faced the loss of some of its best-known beach areas and a significant rise in temperatures in the last third of this century.

Rising seas and temperatures caused by global warming would destroy beaches and harm biodiversity, according to the study released on Tuesday by the Spanish Office for the Study of Climate Change.

Zapatero said any attempt to solve this problem unilaterally or in isolation was doomed to failure so more countries should address the rise in greenhouse gases throughout the world.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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