December 04, 2003

Blame Bush, Facts Be Damned

Blame Bush, Facts Be Damned

Moscow says nyet to Kyoto. This was a sovereign decision made by one Vladimir Putin, leader of Russia, you would think.

But wait, if you're penning mastheads on W. 43rd, Russia's recalcitrance re: Kyoto is (you guessed it) Dubya's fault:

"One would never know this by listening to the Bush administration. Indeed, it can be argued that Russia would not be having second thoughts about the Kyoto accord had Mr. Bush himself decided not to bail out."

Oh, and check out this intemperate part of the masthead too--the NYT didn't like Paula Dobriansky's op-ed over in the FT, it seems:

"Meanwhile, the Bush administration continues to bad-mouth the treaty at every opportunity, the most recent example being an amazingly slippery piece of demagoguery by Paula Dobriansky, the under secretary of state for global affairs and the lead American delegate to a follow-up meeting on the Kyoto agreement that is now taking place in Milan. Writing in The Financial Times, Ms. Dobriansky begins by trashing the climate agreement as an "unrealistic and ever-tightening regulatory straitjacket." She then goes on to praise the Bush administration's alternative a mix of research and development into "breakthrough" technologies and voluntary emissions controls by American companies as much the better plan." [emphasis added]

Go read the masthead in full. Do you feel convinced that Paula Dobriansky was engaged in an "amazingly slippery piece of demagoguery"? Or are we just scoring partisan points again?

UPDATE: Reader Clark Irwin from Maine writes in:

Dear Disp:

Re the 12/4 post on Kyoto sniping at Bush:

Why can't people get it through their heads that Bush's attitude toward the Kyoto treaty is irrelevant?

Clinton liked it, too, but the president doesn't ratify treaties.

The Senate does. And on July 25, 1997, Senate Resolution #98 was adopted by a 95-0 vote, condemning the Kyoto protocol for requiring costly measures by the US while exempting large and growing countries like China, Mexico, India, and Brazil -- and more than 100 others -- whose aggregate greenhouse-gas emissions are expected to surpass the "developed" counties' by 2015.

Text of Senate Resolution 98

The strength of the sentiment was such that Clinton never asked for a ratification vote. Unless the treaty is renegotiated to cover all nations' emissions, neither should Bush.

Indeed.

Posted by Gregory at December 4, 2003 11:20 AM
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