Hail to the Chief: No Kyoto!

By Henry Lamb
web posted April 2, 2001

Hooray! Finally we have a President who has the strength of character to do what needs to be done, even in the face of emotional howls from environmental extremists, and criticism from global-governance advocates.

The Kyoto Protocol is dead.

Actually, it was stillborn in Kyoto in 1997; the attending diplomatic doctors have been unwilling to take it off life-support, that is, until now. With the United States walking away from the document, there is little left to do, but bury it.

But what of global warming?

If the Kyoto Protocol can be put behind us, perhaps the world can take a new, unprejudiced look at global climate, and determine what, if anything, should be done to try to influence it.

More than 10 years ago, a small group of elite environmental extremists, decided fossil fuels drive the prosperity engines of developed countries, which results in the degradation of the environment and widens the gap between the haves and the have-nots. The global warming scenario was pretty much manufactured to justify shutting off the energy valve in developed countries, while keeping it open in developing countries. The real genius is the mechanism that put the authority to control the global energy valve in the hands of a United Nations agency.

Had Gore won the White House, the United Nations would have taken control of the global energy valve - as he described in his 1992 horror story, Earth in the Balance. The expressed objective of the United Nations crowd who milk the global warming cow, is to reduce the patterns of consumption in developed countries, and transfer technology and wealth to developing countries.

Hail to the Chief: No Kyoto!
Nicely done Dubya

The President's rejection of Kyoto may well be the most important result of the November election. The world now has a chance to avoid a U.N. global energy czar, and let the ingenuity of free people and free markets find ways to meet the world's energy requirements with as little negative environmental impact as possible.

First, we have to reject the global warming myth, and recognize that climate science is in its infancy. We must continue our research and study of all facets of climate and weather - without any preconceived notions about human influence.

At the same time, we need to recognize that energy is, indeed, the fuel that drives the prosperity engine. We should make every effort to get abundant, affordable energy to every person on earth. We cannot, however, let any government - including the United Nations - mandate that energy be supplied, or denied, as a matter of political policy. We must insist that markets provide the mechanism through which supply meets demand.

The President has assured those who will listen, that he is vitally concerned about potential adverse effects of human activity on global climate. He has also said, rather emphatically, that he is not willing to subject the people of the world to adverse effects of U.N. control of the flow of energy in order to achieve some utopian vision of wealth redistribution.

Now comes the war. The environmental extremists have already begun to demean and discredit the President's motives. Rather than acknowledge that the global warming myth is not supported by global warming science, those who feed from the global-warming cash-cow seek to stir emotional reactions and build political pressure against the President.

The grown-ups in the administration need to ignore the petty, self-serving howls of the extremists, and pursue an energy policy for America that puts America first. The President needs to recognize that the international politicians who are criticizing him, are, after all, far more interested in their own country, than they are in America.

Some of them are international socialists actively promoting the idea of global governance. French President, Chirac, admitted at the failed climate change talks in the Hague, that the Kyoto Protocol was essential to global governance.

Without the Kyoto Protocol, global governance advocates will have to find another excuse for the U.N. to control and redistribute America's wealth. Thank you, Mr. President, for your strength of character, your courage, your willingness to consider what's best for America, and for doing what needs to be done. There are millions of Americans who are ecstatic that once again, we can proudly sing "Hail to the Chief!"

Henry Lamb is the executive vice president of the Environmental Conservation Organization, and chairman of Sovereignty International.

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