- The Washington Times - Sunday, April 15, 2001

Regarding John Leo´s Op-Ed article “Global fog with political fallout” (April 7), it seems there is plenty of room for a middle path.

Certainly, the Kyoto process was a steamroller, an intergovernmental, prearranged agenda with no tolerance for differing points of view. But just as certainly, when a piece of the Antarctic shelf the size of Delaware breaks loose, this cannot be good news for owners of beachfront property.

The failure to arrive at this middle ground seems largely due to the willingness of both extremes to issue statements that have no basis in fact. No evidence has been offered, for example, that would indicate that average temperatures here on Earth will increase by 10 degrees Fahrenheit in this coming decade. But there is plenty to indicate that temperatures are steadily increasing and that this is already causing serious changes in weather patterns and the global climate.

And at the other end, there is no reasoning as to why reducing our greenhouse emissions, including reduction of our dependence on fossil fuels, during the next 11 years will require “carbon taxes” or drive energy costs out of sight. More likely, taking such action would reduce real-term energy costs, bring about new industries and create jobs.

Over nearly 30 years, our program has proved that this is possible. Around the world, we´re showing that atmospheric carbon levels can be permanently reduced, at acceptable costs, in ways that provide jobs and protect, rather than degrade, the environment.

Disappointed by the failed planning of intergovernmental programs, as exemplified by the Kyoto conference, to come up with workable ideas, U.S. business is discovering that it is possible to operate in the environmentally and socially responsible manner expected by their employees and customers and, in doing so, actually improve the bottom line.


DAVE DEPPNER

Founder, Trees for the Future

Silver Spring


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