- The Washington Times - Saturday, June 16, 2001

Noble: President George W. Bush, for persisting with his winning approach to environmental policy, even while surrounded by pontificating Euro-losers.

Many Europeans seem to be almost obsessed with preserving antiques and other wildly expensive items of highly doubtful utility. That might explain the 1928 Kellogg-Briand Pact which outlawed war, the Maginot Line which defended France from the war that never came, and, lately, the Kyoto Protocol which promises to defend the planet from the dangers of carbon dioxide at a higher cost and more dubious value than either the Kellogg-Briand Pact or the Maginot Line.

Demonstrating perspicacious insight undoubtedly unfamiliar to most of his European counterparts, Mr. Bush has repeatedly expressed his unremitting opposition to the Kyoto Protocol. Before leaving on Monday, he called Kyoto fatally flawed, pledging additional taxpayer dollars to study the problem but proposing no U.S. compliance.

That might be due to the minor problem that the treaty leaves the most obvious flank open. Nations of the developing world are utterly exempt from the conditions of Kyoto, although they are likely to be its most pernicious offenders within the next two decades. Moreover, even Kyoto´s proponents acknowledge that complete ratification would produce, at best, minimal results.

Knaves: The Euro-losers pontificating about the Kyoto Protocol.

Most of the European leaders who met with President Bush in Gothenburg, Sweden, claim, with Neville Chamberlain-like fervor, that ratification of the Kyoto Protocol would mean the end of global warming in our time. The only problem is that none of their governments has ratified the treaty.

Yet that hasn´t stopped them from making silly noises more appropriate in a Munich pub. France´s President Jacques Chirac, who joined with Germany´s Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder in conspicuously failing to extend an official greeting to Mr. Bush, claimed, "We are determined to preserve the Kyoto Protocol." Meanwhile, Mr. Schroeder, perhaps having forgotten the nonsensical absolutist statements of other German leaders, said, "There is no alternative to the treaty signed in Kyoto." Swedish Prime Minister Goeran Persson claimed that the EU would "go ahead, beyond Kyoto," which will presumably happen as soon as Sweden actually ratifies the treaty.

The United States nobly saved Europe from its own foolishness several times during the 20th century, and in repudiating the knavery of the Kyoto Protocol, seems set to do so at the outset of the 21st.

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