April 1, 2001 |
Kudos to President Bush, the first world leader whose administration has publicly pronounced the Kyoto Protocol stone-cold dead. It's about time, and it's about mathematics. Kyoto was probably the dumbest international instrument ever signed by an American chief executive. Strong words, but easy to back up with a little primer on climate change. If we just continue on our merry way, doing nothing and with no specific attempt to proliferate technologies that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the earth will continue to warm.
January 15, 1999 |
The debate over greenhouse emissions has become even hotter. By signing the Kyoto Protocol, our administration supports an environmentally ineffective and economically unfair initiative. This protocol, negotiated in 1997 in Japan, has been publicly scrutinized because of unanswered questions and economic pitfalls. Prior to the Kyoto meeting, the Senate voted 95-0 that the United States not sign any agreement imposing unequal commitments on industrialized and developing nations and resulting in serious harm to the U.S. economy.
May 4, 2001
Michelle Malkin's column (April 30) is replete with the same elitist diatribe that anyone concerned with environmental issues has come to expect from the misinformed. Is the United States, leading source of environmental pollution, too good to abide by the Kyoto protocol while other nations are willing to abide by it? Her only valid point is that underdeveloped nations are experiencing threats of diarrhea and malaria, but she fails to mention that billions of dollars and a handful of decades have been spent to combat these diseases, sadly with little to no long-term success.
February 18, 2005 |
The Kyoto Protocol on climate change, which came into force this week, represents a massive act of folly by many of the world's industrialized nations. It sets the world on a course to economic disaster while doing nothing to alleviate global warming. It is the wrong solution to the wrong problem at the wrong time. Kyoto attempts to alleviate what may be a major cause of warming - the emission of greenhouse gases - by suppressing energy use in the developed world. Yet energy use is vital to modern health and wealth.
July 24, 2001 |
It is 3 1/2 years since 160 nations meeting in Kyoto, Japan, set out guidelines to control global warming by cutting the amount of greenhouse gases the industrialized nations send into the atmosphere. In that time, only 37 nations have ratified the Kyoto Protocol; and only a few, such as Romania and Mexico, are close to being industrialized. Almost all the rest are small, developing countries such as Tuvalu, Micronesia, Barbados and El Salvador, which have little impact on the global environment.
June 25, 2001 |
Remember George, this is no time to go wobbly. " So said Margaret Thatcher to the first President Bush just days after Saddam Hussein attacked Kuwait. Bush did not go wobbly. He invaded. A decade later, the second George Bush immediately began a radical reorientation of U.S. foreign policy. Now, however, the conventional wisdom is that in the face of criticism from domestic opponents and foreign allies, Bush is backing down. Has W. gone wobbly? In his first days, he offered a new American nuclear policy that scraps the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty, builds defenses against ballistic-missile attack, and unilaterally cuts U.S. offensive nuclear forces without wrangling with the Russians over arms control, the way of the past 30 years.
April 10, 2001 |
In the global-warming debate, the United States is getting thoroughly trashed abroad. Yesterday, the venue was Cambridge University, where scientists are meeting for the 12th Global Warming International Conference, a three-day examination of the implications of climate change. As the conference got under way yesterday, Topic A for the 100 or so delegates was President Bush's announcement two weeks ago that the United States would not implement the Kyoto Protocol to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions.
April 30, 2001 |
Christie Whitman has committed some of the Bush administration's biggest gaffes to date - most infamously, her ill-fated crusade to drastically reduce carbon dioxide emissions at all costs to thwart alleged global warming. Bush Republicans are right to thwack Whitman for espousing a radical agenda that defies basic principles of limited government and economic common sense. But I'm not going to join the pinata party. There is no sport in assaulting such an easy target. The liberal Republican ex-governor of New Jersey and current head of the Environmental Protection Agency has never hidden her true colors.
December 25, 2000
MARKET, NOT GOVERNMENT, BEST FOR ENVIRONMENT I was amazed to find that you are just now realizing that industry is taking action to address the challenges of climate change ("Get real on warming," Inquirer, Dec. 11). This is old news. For years, the Global Climate Coalition has been a strong advocate for market-flexible solutions that are long-term, not temporary fixes that miss the real issues. Industries in every sector of our economy have been aggressively promoting voluntary programs, partnerships and new technologies that are reducing, avoiding or eliminating emissions through better efficiency, improved conservation and new methods.
November 18, 2000 |
The scenario is becoming all too familiar. The nations of the world gather in an effort to find a way to soften the impacts of global climate change - and spend the time criticizing the United States. So it was this week at the Hague, Netherlands, where 180 nations are negotiating the implementation of the three-year-old Kyoto Protocol. The protocol calls for a rollback in emissions of the "greenhouses gases" that appear to be raising global temperatures and changing climate.