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WSJ Puts Kyoto in Its Place January 19, 2006, 5:12 pm

Posted by quintapalus in Environment.

You know, as much as the EU and Canada like to rip on us for our “careless negligence” when it comes to the environment and global warming, this is one of those occasions where they clearly need sit back and drink a nice, hot cup of shut the fuck up.

From today’s Opinion Journal linked WSJ.com article:

The Kyoto environmental protocol committed nations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. By this standard, the pact’s biggest fans, the Europeans, are failing. And what about the U.S., the global villain for withdrawing approval of the accord in 2001? It’s doing very well, thank you.

Let’s go to the latest numbers from the European Environment Agency in Copenhagen. Most European countries have seen an increase in greenhouse gas emissions since signing Kyoto with great fanfare in 1997. No fewer than 13 out of the 15 original EU signatories are on track to miss their 2010 emissions targets — by as much as 33 percentage points, in the case of Spain.

Or consider Denmark, home of the EU’s environmental watchdog. Rather than reduce levels by 21% as the accord stipulates, Denmark has so far notched a 6.3% increase in emissions since 1990, the base year used in Kyoto. The likely gap between its Kyoto commitment and its emissions levels projected for 2010 is 25.2 percentage points.

Wow, lookie who found a cookie. The funny part about this is that even if we achieve those pre-1990 emission measurements, the Kyoto Protocol’s estimated impact on actual global temperatures is that atmospheric temperatures will be reduced by a mere 0.19 degrees C over the next 50 years. Set aside for a moment any thoughts on how much impact a 0.19 degree C drop will have, but if the Euro’s can’t even make their goal that is needed for only a 0.19 degree decrease, we might as well give up and wait for the end days because, sure as shit, we are fucked. Oh yeah, and China, the world’s 2nd largest polluter is exempt as well as India, which is no scab itself when it comes to emissions (their “developing nation” statuses provide the exemption). Awesome.

Just to complete the picture of giant douche-dom:

Alas, no one is talking about reducing the amount of hot air produced by politicians. At the U.N.’s environmental summit in Montreal last year, EU Environment Commissioner Stavros Dimas of Greece spoke grandly of Europe’s continuing leadership in the reduction of greenhouse gases. Prime Minister Paul Martin of Canada, another Kyoto diehard, chimed in that America lacked a “global conscience.” For the record, Greece and Canada saw emissions rise 23% and 24%, respectively, since 1990, far above the U.S. rate.

Paul Martin…eat a dick. I can’t wait to see you go down in a few days, and to a FRICKIN’ TORY AT THAT!!



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