By Dan Shapley
Democrat Rick Boucher, Chairman of the House Energy and Air Quality Subcommittee of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, praised President Bush's plan for coordinating an international response to global warming. His comments were at odds with environmental groups and many Europeans, which responded coolly -- and in some cases with hostility -- to the Bush plan. "I applaud President Bush for his statement. Global warming is a problem which must be solved in cooperation with other nations, and the President sets the United States on a clear path toward that necessary international engagement," said Boucher, who is in Europe with a bipartisan delegation from Congress speaking with European leaders about greenhouse gas emissions reduction programs. "Again, I commend the President for his leadership on this issue, and I look forward to working with him and his Administration as we develop mechanisms to ensure a technology-based and economically sound response to climate change," Boucher said. "Working together domestically and with other emitting nations, we can ensure the development of a program which by focusing on the development of technologies can achieve the dual goals of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and continuing economic growth."