On February 14, 2002, President Bush delivered two major proposals addressing air quality and global warming: the Clear Skies Initiative (CSI) and Global Climate Change Initiative (GCCI). The proposals were in response to criticism the Bush administration has received since releasing a national energy policy perceived to be environmentally unfriendly and rejecting the Kyoto Protocol, designed to reduce the loading of global warming pollutants. Bush argued that the Kyoto protocol unfairly apportioned pollution reduction requirements and would "cost millions of American jobs and inhibit industry's ability to make long-term investments in developing clean energy."
The White House claims that the Clear Skies Initiative is "the most significant step America has ever taken to cut power plant emissions." According to a fact sheet released by the Bush administration, the two initiatives will achieve the following:
Clear Skies Initiative