- The Washington Times - Saturday, April 7, 2001

European politicians have been badgering President Bush about the "failure" of this country to embrace the so-called Kyoto Protocol the global warming treaty negotiated by Al "Earth in the Balance" Gore. The Kyoto Protocol which has never been submitted to the Senate for ratification because the vast majority of senators on both sides of the aisle reject it would compel the United States to reduce its output of carbon dioxide to 7 percent below 1990 levels by the year 2010. This could not be achieved, however, without massive economic dislocations.
Here are some other interesting facts about the impact of the Kyoto Protocol:
A report released last Nov. 28 by the European Commission revealed that EU member-countries CO2 emissions will be 15 percent above their Kyoto target (8 percent below 1990 levels) by 2010. This will rise to almost 20 percent above by 2020.
The MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change in February found CO2 emissions in the EU will rise by 14 percent in 2010 above the 1990 levels, rather than decreasing by eight percent, as required by the Kyoto Protocol.
An analysis by the U.S. Energy Information Administration just last month predicts that by 2010, emissions in Western Europe will be almost 25 percent higher than they were in l990, falling far short of their Kyoto targets.
The leaders of the European Union, who have been badgering the president over his decision to dump this flawed, scientifically dubious treaty, have yet to acknowledge that their countries will not meet Kyotos targets, either. Perhaps the European leaders are simply envious of U.S. economic power and see the Kyoto Protocol as a way to wrassle Uncle Sam to the ground under the shibboleth of concern for the environment. In any event, there is ample reason to dump the Kyoto Protocol, as Mr. Bush rightly decided to do.

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