The Bush administration is responding to a U.N. panel that says global warming "could stall and then reverse human development" in the world's poorest nations.
In a statement, the Bush administration says one of its top priorities is "to alleviate poverty and spur economic growth in the developing world by modernizing energy services."
The report commissioned by the U.N. Development Program says rich nations need to shell out 86 (b) billion dollars by 2015 to help the poor adapt to global warming. The panel recommends the U.S. foot nearly half that bill.
The document comes a week before world leaders are slated to meet to negotiate a new climate treaty.