Kyoto Protocol a Mistake
by George Crispin
Kyoto Protocol requires major industrialized countries to reduce
gas emissions by the year 2012 to varying percentages of levels
as measured in 1990. 120 countries have ratified the treaty, but
it can take effect only with the approval of Russia or the United
States. The Bush administration has rejected the pact. Russia is
still thinking about it. Russian officials have quite correctly
questioned whether the warming is caused by human activities and
whether it poses any great risks. They point out that major polluters
like China and India are not bound by the treaty and add that Russia's
emission of gases has already fallen by an estimated 30 percent
from 1990 levels.
Robinson, President of the Oregon Institute Of Science and Medicine
and Sallie Baliunis of the George C Marshall Institute and others
have presented a paper Environmental Effects of Increased Atmospheric
Carbon Dioxide. It confirms the increase of carbon dioxide in
the atmosphere but questions its acceptance as a major cause of
global warming. Climate changes have been endemic throughout history.
The little ice age occurred in the 1600's with temperatures nearly
2 degrees F below average. 900 years ago temperatures peaked at
more than 3 degrees F above average. A few thousand years ago the
continent was covered with ice.
paper emphasizes the benefits of CO2 to plant life. "Increased
carbon dioxide has . . . markedly increased plant growth rates.
Predictions of harmful climactic effects due to future increases
in minor greenhouse gases like CO2 are in error and do not conform
to current experimental knowledge . . . . . We are living in an
increasingly lush environment of plants and animals as a result
of the CO2 increase.
Richard S. Lindzen, a professor of meteorology at MIT, has this
. . . the science is by no means settled. We are quite confident
(1) that global mean temperature is about 0.5 degrees Celsius
higher than a century ago; (2) that atmospheric levels of carbon
dioxide have risen over the past two centuries; and (3) that carbon
dioxide is a greenhouse gas whose increase is likely to warm the
earth (one of many, most important being water vapor and
clouds). But – and I cannot stress this enough – we are
not in a position to confidently attribute past climate change
to carbon dioxide or to forecast what the climate will be in the
future. That is to say, contrary to media impressions, agreement
with these three basic statements tells us nothing relevant
to policy discussions."
of the Kyoto Protocol, based as it is, on dishonest reporting, bad
assumptions and incomplete science would be a major mistake. It
could have a negative impact on the economies of developed countries
and place severe restraints on economic growth in the developing
world. And it would play right into the hands of the Leninist-Marxist
intellectuals and fellow travelers who supported the murdering socialist
regimes of the last century and had no care for the suffering and
number of deaths that were caused. This mixing of science and politics
to discuss environmentalism has given them new life. They have never
cared for or respected the proletariat they claimed to support;
they never really wanted anything but power and influence. Now,
having demonstrated that they are murderers and failures at politics
Black Book of Communism), they believe they have discovered
a new road to power and influence. Like their earlier fascist and
communist efforts it will fail if implemented, but only after causing
much suffering and death. The Kyoto Protocol must not be ratified.
Crispin [send him mail]
is a retired businessman who heads a Catholic homeschooling cooperative
in Auburn, Alabama.
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