New Agreement on Kyoto Climate Change Treaty Reached in Bonn, U.S Does Not Sign


DATE: July 23, 2001

BACKGROUND: Negotiators in Bonn, Germany reached a new agreement today which they hope will lead to ratification of the Kyoto Protocol on climate change. Many "compromises," which are as yet unclear, were made to entice countries such as Japan and Australia to sign on. Every nation except the U.S. signed the new agreement, leading to hysterical denunciations of this country by European officials and extreme environmental groups.

TEN SECOND RESPONSE: The Bush administration was right to refuse to sign on to a treaty which it has called "fatally flawed" and which would devastate the U.S. economy and cost American jobs.

THIRTY SECOND RESPONSE: The Kyoto Protocol was an absurdly flawed treaty to start with, as implementation would have cost American jobs and devastated our economy to solve a problem that many top-flight scientists doubt exists. Now, it seems that the Europeans have engineered a series of "dead-of-night deals" that the extreme environmental group Greenpeace has said will lead to an increase in carbon dioxide emissions, not a decrease. It should be clear now that Kyoto is about politics and economics, not the environment.

DISCUSSION: The Senate killed the Kyoto Protocol with a 95-0 vote in 1997 to reject any treaty that would harm the U.S. economy or would not apply equally to all nations. Now, it appears a series of back room deals has been cut to bring other nations on board with the European Union's drive for a climate change treaty. For the facts on climate change, as the issue stood going into the Bonn meetings, see:

by Tom Randall, Director of Environmental and Regulatory Affairs, The National Center for Public Policy Research

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