November 29, 2011

Dancing on the Kyoto Protocol's Grave

Editorial, National Post


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Shed no tears for the Kyoto Protocol: It was doomed to failure from the get-go. Scores of countries signed the 1997 global-warming treaty, but its carbon-emission limitations were binding only on the very richest of them. The world’s two largest emitters — China and the United States — refused to accept any limits. Even most of the nations of Europe, whose leaders spoke of Kyoto’s provisions as holy writ, never made the hard economic sacrifices necessary to meet their commitments. To get under their limits, they relied on accounting gimmicks, such as artificially low emission benchmarks dating from the coal-belching Cold War period. . .

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