July 4, 2001
The anti-Bush brigade in the United States and abroad has
coalesced around the Kyoto Protocol, thinking it is a neat hammer with
which to hit our President. They are bragging that his strong stand
against this fraudulent treaty is the principal factor in his slight
drop in the polls, which the media were glad to feature as front-page
Here are some of the groups, all of which enjoy wide access to the
media, that are riding the Kyoto bandwagon for their own purposes.
- The anti-growth socialists, particularly the European countries
that have moved left in recent years. The socialist mindset opposes
economic growth and instead welcomes scarcity of resources so that big
government can apportion or ration the scarce resources.
The private enterprise system, on the other hand, produces
abundance so that a rising tide lifts all boats. It is clear that the
Kyoto restrictions would restrict economic growth.
- The foreign dictators in the United Nations who look upon the
UN as a forum where they can demand that the United States redistribute
our wealth to them. Our foreign aid never gets to the poor people who
need it; it is gobbled up by the ruling tyrants.
- The cult of radical environmentalists who believe we should
subordinate our standard of living to the supremacy of global ecology
or, as Al Gore said in the title of his book, force us to put "Earth in
the Balance." These groups have great sums of money available through
the UN NGOs (non-governmental organizations) and tax-exempt
But there's nothing balanced about the ideology or the treaty.
The ideology is the new religion of worshipping Mother Earth.
- The leftist radicals who formerly demonstrated for the
Communists but are now using their street skills for the radical
- The Democrats who will use any available issue to attack George
W. Bush. Minority Leader Dick Gephardt just made headlines with his
endorsement of Kyoto.
This issue is so attractive to the Democrats because big media
chatter about it all the time. Furthermore, the Kyoto goals demand
more federal regulations and higher taxes, both favorite Democratic
- The leftwing scientists who distort science for political
purposes. Political Science used to mean the science of politics, but
Kyoto has taught us a new definition: the politics of science.
The rationale for the Kyoto Protocol is the fear of a monster
called global warming: the earth is getting warmer, the ice will melt,
the oceans will rise and flood our cities. The advocates of the Kyoto
Protocol are using the new June report of the National Academy of
Sciences to sell this thesis and clobber George W. Bush.
But the Kyoto propagandists have maliciously misrepresented this
report. The full report makes clear that there is no scientific
consensus about long-term climate trends or what causes them.
Yes, climate is constantly changing and the earth is warmer than
it used to be, 0.5 degrees Celsius higher than a century ago. We are
grateful we don't live in the Ice Age.
But scientists do not agree that past climate change was caused by
CO2 and they cannot forecast what the climate will be in the future.
They don't agree on how much change can be attributed to greenhouse
gases and how much to water vapor, clouds and storms.
Some 17,000 American scientists have signed a Petition that reads
as follows: "We urge the United States government to reject the global
warming agreement that was written in Kyoto, Japan in December 1997,
and any other similar proposals. The proposed limits on greenhouse
gases would harm the environment, hinder the advance of science and
technology, and damage the health and welfare of mankind."
Continuing, this petition reads: "There is no convincing
scientific evidence that human release of carbon dioxide, methane, or
other greenhouse gases is causing or will, in the foreseeable future,
cause catastrophic heating of the earth's atmosphere and disruption of
the earth's climate. Moreover, there is substantial scientific
evidence that increases in atmospheric carbon dioxide produce many
beneficial effects upon the natural plant and animal environments of
The Kyoto Protocol, agreed to by Al Gore in 1997, would require
the U.S. to reduce our emissions to 7 percent below our 1990 levels.
Yet, as Bush pointed out, China is wholly exempted from Kyoto's
restrictions even though it is the world's second-largest emitter of
Bush agreed to continue to pursue climate research. But he
pointed out that the U.S. has spent $18 billion on climate research
since 1990, more than Japan and all 15 nations of the European Union
Science has become politics in disguise. Global controls will be
hurtful to both our ecology and our economy.