Kyoto Global Warming Pact in EffectI would make you a bet but I wouldn't want to take your money. So I'll just make this statement of fact: Not one of the high and mighty signatories of the groundbreaking environmental treaty to end global catastrophe will do one thing to meet their individual targets. Watch, a year from now, the news will come out that the European countries in particular are having trouble implementing their first steps toward meeting their treaty obligations.
By JOSEPH COLEMAN, ASSOCIATED PRESS
KYOTO, Japan (AP) - The Kyoto global warming pact went into force Wednesday, seven years after it was negotiated, imposing limits on emissions of carbon dioxide and other gases scientists blame for increasing world temperatures, melting glaciers and rising oceans.
The landmark agreement, negotiated in Japan's ancient capital of Kyoto in 1997 and ratified by 140 nations, targets carbon dioxide and five other gases that can trap heat in the atmosphere, and are believed to be behind rising global temperatures that many scientists say are disrupting weather patterns.
The United States, the world's largest emitter of such gases, has refused to ratify the agreement, saying it would harm the economy and is flawed by the lack of restrictions on emissions by emerging economies China and India.
Environmental officials, gathered in the convention hall where the accord was adopted, hailed the protocol as a historic first step in the battle against global warming and urged the world to further strengthen safeguards against greenhouse gases.
"Today is a day of celebration and also a day to renew our resolve ... to combat global warming," said Hiroshi Ohki, former Japanese environment minister and president of the conference that negotiated the protocol. (link)
This has been nothing more than a meaningless photo op from the beginning. And George W Bush is to be praised for calling the bluff of every country on earth that signed this silly, worthless document.