Wednesday, December 12, 2007

The U.S. And Kyoto

The US never signed the Kyoto treaty, it was rejected in 1997 by the sense of the Senate vote 95-0. Even Wikipedia got it right. The truth is as close as this entry from the not especially Bush-friendly Wikipedia:

On July 25, 1997, before the Kyoto Protocol was finalized (although it had been fully negotiated, and a penultimate draft was finished), the U.S. Senate unanimously passed by a 95–0 vote the Byrd-Hagel Resolution (S. Res. 98),[40] which stated the sense of the Senate was that the United States should not be a signatory to any protocol that did not include binding targets and timetables for developing as well as industrialized nations or "would result in serious harm to the economy of the United States". On November 12, 1998, Vice President Al Gore symbolically signed the protocol. Both Gore and Senator Joseph Lieberman indicated that the protocol would not be acted upon in the Senate until there was participation by the developing nations.[41] The Clinton Administration never submitted the protocol to the Senate for ratification.

No Bush Administration rejection there. There is this bit, later on:

The current President, George W. Bush, has indicated that he does not intend to submit the treaty for ratification, not because he does not support the Kyoto principles, but because of the exemption granted to China (the world's second largest emitter of carbon dioxide[42]). . . . Despite its refusal to submit the protocol to Congress for ratification, the Bush Administration has taken some actions towards mitigation of climate change.

Even though the media is illiterate when it comes to the Internet, there is no reason for you to be. The news, as usual, gets it all wrong -- I assume they want it that way, propaganda instead of news. Maybe that's why the news business is dropping faster than a dead cat which has used up all it's nine lives.

As the Bali climate-change jamboree and carnival draws to a close, the barkers are still barking, but the world will go on, without any new global socialism, ethical and moral obligations cast aside. The pompous high minded speeches and WARNINGS are going off like a finale at a fireworks show. But in the end, nothing looks like it will come out of all the wasted greenhouse gas. It's a good thing.

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