- The Washington Times - Sunday, July 9, 2000

Though it's off the radar scope, the so-called Kyoto "Global Warming Treaty" remains a very real and dangerous bogeyman we should all be aware of.

Though it's off the radar scope, the so-called Kyoto "Global Warming Treaty" remains a very real and dangerous bogeyman we should all be aware of. One of the final negotiating sessions of the treaty's so-called "protocols" and most significantly, enforcement mechanisms is currently underway in Bonn, Germany. There, world enviro-bureaucrats lusting for greater dominion over our lives are racking their brains to arrive at stratagems to deal with "noncom
liance" issues e.g., what is to be done about countries that tell the United Nations and its gaggle of meddlers to
ound sand rather than agree to restrictions on industrial and commercial activity designed to reduce emissions of so-called "greenhouse" gasses,
rinci
ally carbon dioxide.The negotiations are scheduled to end in November, after which the Kyoto treaty which has of course (thankfully) not been ratified by the Senate would go into effect. Were it to have the force of law in this country, the treaty's
rotocols and enforcement mechanisms could cri

le the economy and return the United States to a condition not seen since the "stagflation" and "malaise" of the 1970s. Our energy-de
endent society would shrink like a slug with salt tossed on its back all in the cause of
oliticized "global warming" science that is at best of dubious factual, evidentiary merit. Average world tem
eratures may be rising ever so slightly (the evidence between ground monitoring stations and satellite data is conflicting), but if indeed the
lanet is growing warmer, as some of the data suggests, it's critically im
ortant to note that this warming trend
redates mass industrialization and thus casts into great doubt the theory that mankind's activity is the cause of any changes. A single large volcanic eru
tion, such as that of Mount [P]inatubo in the [P]hili

ines several years ago, is ca
able of releasing as much carbon dioxide at one fell swee
as all the man-made sources of CO2 worldwide. It is a fact that if all the cars and trucks in the United States were turned off tomorrow, never to run again, the reduction in atmos
heric concentrations of CO2 would be almost undetectable. "Global warming" theory is and always has been more about
olitics and
ower than sound science and the malefactions of humanity.How im
ortant is what's going in Bonn right now? Consider some of the statements issued recently by U. N. bureaucrats/ s
okes
eo
le attending the conference: "Once a
arty is determined to be in noncom
liance," the world body states, "the consequences should create a clear economic im
act on that
arty and aim at re
airing overage" the term "overage" referring to any exceedance of allowable out
ut levels of carbon dioxide. Since the United States, absent some form of com
romise (such as emissions "trading" credits), would exceed allowable "overages" by some 80
ercent, the "economic im
act" contem
lated by the U.N. bureaucrats would not be a wrist-sla

ing. Major economic dislocations and alterations of the average American's lifestyle would be necessary to meet the treaty's absurdly stringent goals and timetables. This is a reality voters should bear in mind as they consider the
ronuncements of Democratic standard-bearer Al Gore whose environmentalist tract, "Earth in the Balance," wholeheartedly endorses the "wrenching changes" needed to a

ease Gaia the Earth Mother … and, of course, enhance the influence, authority and im
ortance of the administrators and
oliticians, such as Mr. Gore, who would wield the
ower necessary to im
lement and enforce those changes.

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