Kyoto is Japanese for hypocrisy

Jack Kelly comments on the hypocrites that were loudly reported by the worlds media at the recent conference in Montreal, especially those critical of the US and Bush.

Here are the hypocrites in no particular order.

Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin who in his address, took a poke at the United States for refusing to sign on to the Kyoto Accord.

The Facts: Since 1990, the base year for Kyoto calculations, Canadian emissions of so-called "greenhouse gases" have increased 24.2 percent, while those of the United States have increased by only 13.3 percent.

Slick Willie who declared President Bush was "flat wrong" that the Kyoto targets would damage the U.S. economy.

Only thing is he forget to tell delegats that, as president, he had described the Kyoto accord as a "work in progress," and refused to submit it to the senate for ratification. This was chiefly because in July of 1997, the senate had voted, 95-0, for a resolution saying the U.S. should not sign the treaty if it would damage our economy, or if it excluded developing nations from emissions restrictions.

A 1998 study by the Energy Information Administration estimated trying to meet the Kyoto standards would cost the U.S. economy about $400 billion a year, mostly by hugely increasing the cost to consumers of electricity, home heating oil, and gasoline.

Toronto Star columnist Richard Gwyn summs it up with his comment on Paul Martins position.

"We’ve done nothing about climate change and about global warming except talk. For us to now preach at others is pure hypocrisy."

 


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