Senators tell global forum US must lead on warming

US senators raised concerns about global warming on Wednesday, telling a world forum that the United States must take a lead role in cutting greenhouse gases if it wants to encourage China and India to do the same.
At a Capitol Hill meeting that included representatives from the Group of Eight industrialized nations plus China, India, South Africa, Brazil and the European Union, Reuters reported Senator John McCain as putting the case for action on climate change bluntly.
"The debate is over, my friends," the Arizona Republican said. "Now the question is what do we do? Do we act, do we care enough about the young people of the next generation to act seriously and meaningfully, or are we going to just continue this debate and this discussion?"
The Bush administration has rejected calls for mandatory limits on greenhouse gas emissions, maintaining that such caps would harm the U.S. economy.
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