September 26, 2005


Why Kyoto will never succeed, by Blair (Patrick Hennessy and James Langton, 25/09/2005, Daily Telegraph)

Tony Blair has admitted that the fight to prevent global warming by ordering countries to cut greenhouse gases will never be won.

The Prime Minister said "no country is going to cut its growth or consumption" despite environmental fears.

Mr Blair's comments, which he said were "brutally honest", mark a big environmental U-turn and will dismay Labour activists. [...]

His remarks, unreported at the time but now published in a transcript of the conference, are certain to spark wide-ranging criticism that he is again signing up to the agenda of President George W Bush. Under Mr Bush, the US has consistently refused to sign the Kyoto Treaty.

Wonder if he used the same shiv with which he dispatched the EU?

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 26, 2005 10:58 AM

Note to The Daily Telegraph: Actually Blair's remarks were reported at the time he made them, and Mr. Bush can't sign a treaty previously rejected by the Senate under former President Clinton. Otherwise, great job.

Posted by: Luciferous at September 26, 2005 1:54 PM


It wasn't ever submitted to the Senate. The 95-0 was a sense of the Senate resolution.

Posted by: oj at September 26, 2005 2:08 PM


My bad, thanks for the correction. BUT, if the Senate pre-empted with a vote before the president submitted it, wouldn't that be an even stronger form of rejection?

Posted by: Luciferous at September 26, 2005 2:32 PM

Certainly kept it from ever being submitted.

Posted by: oj at September 26, 2005 2:40 PM

The Senate vote came first. Clinton signed the treaty after the Senate vote and after the November 2000 election, in a pure fit of pique that resulted in putting Bush on the horns of a dilemma. The dilemma was Bush could either submit the treaty for certain rejection or he could denounce it. The President sat on the later horn and America's enemies have used it as a propaganda point against the US since.

This just one more item in my bill of particulars against Clinton. In this matter he elevated his personal emotional gratification above any consideration of the Republic's needs and violated his oath of office.

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at September 26, 2005 6:07 PM

It seems Mars may also be experiencing global warming. Strange coincidence a wot?

Posted by: Genecis at September 26, 2005 6:37 PM

Genecis -

Not hardly; the Sun is a bit hotter these days.

Posted by: curt at September 26, 2005 8:16 PM

Giant solar shields, man! We need them now!

"No more melanoma!"

Posted by: jim hamlen at September 27, 2005 2:13 PM

Mr. Hamlen;

Actually, giant solar shields are quite feasible and certainly would cost (even at current launch prices) way less than a full implmentation of the Kyoto Protocol.

Posted by: Annoying Old Guy at September 27, 2005 11:36 PM
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