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Less than two months after Oliver DeLeuze of the European Union proclaimed at a U.N. climate change conference in Morocco, "The Kyoto Protocol is saved," the deal is dead. Again.
As Tech Central Station`s Dr. Sallie Baliunas and Dr. Willie Soon write on TCS this week, Japan, the nation in which the 1997 protocol for cutting greenhouse gas emissions was agreed, "joined the United States in rejecting Kyoto`s mandated carbon dioxide cuts." It hasn`t done so in words, but in deeds. Faced with rising unemployment, the government has abandoned plans for mandatory emissions cuts. It will count on meaningless voluntary cuts instead,.
Other nations are joining the parade. New Zealand won`t tax its farmers as planned. Germany is objecting to overly strict emissions cuts.
These actions underscore the phony nature of the agreement on implementation agreed to in Marrekech last fall. It provided no penalties for nations that miss their emission`s targets, a step required to bring Japan, Australia and other nations on board.
In effect, as TCS host James Glassman reported last year, Kyoto - as a real treaty - was dead long before President Bush withdrew the United States from the deal. It was killed, Japan has demonstrated, because honest implementation of the emission cutbacks it outlined were and are too economically damaging. And the scientifically suspect gains in lower temperatures from those cutbacks were and remain too trivial..
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