Kyoto Protocol a Mistake

‘The 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.

Arthur 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.

The 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.

Dr. Richard S. Lindzen, a professor of meteorology at MIT, has this to say:

" . . . 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."

Implementation 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 (read The 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.

November 24, 2004

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