April 20, 2007

Canada: Bush Might Be Right

Canada, one of the staunch supporters of the Kyoto accord for the reduction of greenhouse gases, has now indicated that it might pull out of the treaty in favor of the Asian-Pacific Partnership on Clean Development and Climate (AP6). Instead of binding and economically crippling targets on Western nations while exempting the biggest Asian polluters, the Bush administration initiative creates a partnership with those polluting nations to work towards the same overall goal:

This week's announcement by the Canadian government -- that it may join a U.S.-led coalition focused on voluntary emissions cuts -- could be part of a global shift away from Kyoto's binding targets.

In a somewhat surprising development, Canada, a long-time supporter of the Kyoto Protocol, announced that it may want to join the Asia-Pacific Partnership on Clean Development and Climate (AP6), a six-nation coalition focusing on voluntary emission-reduction steps and technology transfers. Many environmentalists oppose AP6 out of a fear that it may undermine political support for the legally binding Kyoto treaty.

The partnership, launched in mid-2005, is an agreement among six countries -- Australia, China, India, Japan, South Korea and the United States -- to develop and share greenhouse-gasreduction technology to combat climate change. According to the AP6 Web site, the six partner countries "represent about half of the world's economy, population and energy use, and they produce about 65% of the world's coal, 48% of the world's steel, 37% of world's aluminum, and 61% of the world's cement." The countries also account for half the world's greenhouse-gas emissions.

Unlike the Kyoto Protocol, the Asia-Pacific Partnership is voluntary and technology-based, and lets each country set its own goals for greenhouse gas emission reductions, rather than legally binding them to a greenhouse gas reduction target. The group sees itself as "a voluntary, non-legally binding framework for international co-operation to facilitate the development, diffusion, deployment, and transfer of existing, emerging and longer term cost-effective, cleaner, more efficient technologies and practices."

I'm interested in the phrase here about "legally binding". I believe that it means "legally binding on Canada," because it certainly doesn't apply to the US, China, or India. The US Senate, in a unanimous vote, told Bill Clinton in 1998 not to bother submitting the treaty for ratification as long as it exempted the other two nations. It has never been legally binding here, and George Bush has nothing to do with that fact.

The AP6 makes a lot more sense than Kyoto does for that very reason. Kyoto would force the West to commit economic suicide while allowing India and China to pollute to their hearts' content in reaping the rewards. Bush's AP6 engages all sides equally and uses technology sharing as an incentive for compliance. The Chinese need access to Western technology so badly that they jump through hoops to steal it. India doesn't need it as badly, but they want to create a cleaner energy system for themselves, and have expanded their nuclear program to accommodate that need.

If Canada joins the AP6, Kyoto will collapse. It will bind only those nations who already have economic difficulties, and Kyoto compliance -- which none of them have met -- will cost them even more. In the end, AP6 will bind all nations together in a manner that Kyoto explicitly rejected and will allow everyone to proceed with clean-environment initiatives on an equal footing.


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Posted by RBMN [TypeKey Profile Page] | April 20, 2007 10:12 AM

When people study it long enough, eventually it dawns on them that Kyoto is not an anti-global-warming treaty--provides near zero tangible improvement in the climate--as much as it is a productivity tax on the West. It's only a "global improvement" if you think that Western productivity is too high, and Western unemployment rates are too low. It's probably great for Malaysia.

Posted by Lew [TypeKey Profile Page] | April 20, 2007 10:36 AM

Kyoto has never been anything but a global scale income redistribution scheme, dressed in environmental costume. Just like the redistribution schemes on the domestic level, robbing Peter to bribe Paul will always work as long as there are more Pauls than Peters. We're just lucky that the disguise wasn't convincing enough to get this monster past the Senate.

Posted by Carol_Herman [TypeKey Profile Page] | April 20, 2007 11:27 AM

Blaming the weather on American technology; is not just kyoto. But fat Albert Gore's Oscar winnah.

It's really a UN attempt to tax us.

To pass laws that would inhibit out trade.

Do you know what made the UN stronger? Gazoo.

Israel was faced with a "perception problem." And, no one stopped the europeans from threatening, not just tarrifs, but isolation. Boycotts of Israeli goods.

That's why Arik Sharon "went for" gazoo.

He pulled about 8,000 very religious Jews from their homes, along the waterfront strip of Gaza. TO BUY PEACE!

Bush? He thought it was only the start. And, there were hundreds-of-thousands of Jews still to go.

So that following 9/11, America would "host" a terrorist state, newly "created" ... formed on Israel's hide.

One reason Bush is falling so fast? The Man Upstairs has his ways. He punishes those who think their brand of religion lets them build "trains to Auschwitz. Even though, this time, the tracks are on the ocean floor.

When Jews died in europe, in such great numbers; they were UNARMED. They had no defenses.

Hilter built planes and tanks; and also let loose against europe. Because he thought he had planes and tanks. And, the west was full of cowards.

You can do lots of harms to unarmed people.

Israel's no longer unarmed. But she has few friends in the world. And, NONE in the White House!

Bush is nose diving down. He may try to bomb his way out of it. But hitting Iran? Where's his support structure? Not here, in the USA.

And, not in too many other places in the world.

That's why the evil shits, like the House of Saud on one side; and George Soros on the other; are deeply invested in buying our country. It's almost as if we're that cheap.

It's a bottleneck, out there, though.


Look at all the candidates who think they have a shot?

You think it's going to be a walk in the park for Harry Ried, and his lame ducks? That's one of the biggest negatives now.

Bush on one side. Lots of negatives.

And, the donks on the other. Can you imagine any donk getting into the White House, now, and not selling our country down the river?

We see Gonzales, a poor schmuck. What an idiot. But at least he's not bred out of the DC fabric, that's really, really rotten.

Next time?

I actually think that there's a "Lincoln, out there." We just don't see him, yet. But he will connect with a majority of AMericans. And, get votes.

If it's Guiliani, I think we'd be getting a good deal. The man is not intimidated by being on view. And, taking questions from all sorts of "talking heads." He doesn't seem to rattle.

He also entered New York's Gracie Mansion with a play book. And, a plan. Everyone hired to fill a seat in his government was top notch. And, then he exposed them, too, to the limelight. In his Thursday morning meetings. Started at 7:00 AM. And, if you know anything about meetings, IF the boss has put his tuchis in the chair, you better not be late, fella.

The rules were to throw the department head's TROUBLES out into the open. So ALL the talent could offer up suggestions on problem solving.

That, by the way, is how it was decided to go after the "squeegie men" for Jay Walking.

How so? Well, the ACLU put lawyers at the police stations. As soon as a squeegie man got arrested, they went into over-drive. And, cut at the laws. In other words? If a bum comes over to your car. Spits on YOUR car's window. Takes out a filthy rag. And, you have to fend off the bum. The ACLU kept asking "what laws are broken?" And, the bums got out, to spin around, and go back to their money earning, spiting on car windows, stations.

At one of those AM conferences; when the police noticed the bums would just leave the street and head to the cars STOPPED for red lights; a light went on.

Let the cops arrest only those who weren't using cross-walks.

Turns out, NYC has Jay Walking LAWS. You get ticketed. ANd, if you don't pay your ticket, or willingly give the police your name and address; they can haul you off to jail. And, this is what they did.

Soon enough, the bums didn't go back.

Guiliani commented that it wasn't even 100 bums. Less than that! No one had ever done an accounting. The bums owned the streets; until they didn't.

Sometimes, a department head, really embarassed at exposing his own department's weaknesses at the Mayor's "round table" on Thursday mornings; would try to pigeon hole his top brass, to give them "details" they wanted kept secret.

Didn't work. Guiliani would take this department head, out of turn, and spill it all in front of the others.

Feedback. And, openness. And, an ability to handle the press. Are Guiliani's strong suits.

He also took no bullshit from Arafat.

That's why I think the House of Saud is pushing hard, now. Because it's not gonna be the same when Bush walks.

How aware is Bush of the "traps on this golf course?" Now, more than ever; he's aware that the next bite comes off Karl Rove's ass. Or his own. He's not quite as free as he used to be to do just what he wants.

Heck, even Harriet Miers created enough of a stir across his bow, that this less than stellar performer QUIT.

The less ideas Bush can implement, ahead, the better.

Posted by cold pizza [TypeKey Profile Page] | April 20, 2007 1:18 PM

CH, wow. Rant much?
Kyoto was never about Bush--it took place during the Clinton administration. AP6 is just one of several "green" projects promoted by the Bush presidency that the MSM has been silent on (remember that huge fishing-free zone created near Hawaii?).

I've always found it easier to associate with folks who can "walk the walk" when it comes to green living.

Having lived throughout the US and several 3rd world countries, I firmly believe that conservationism is not merely a western ideal, but a western-half-of-the-US practice. There's a reason it's the Sierra Club and not the Ozarks or the Catskills Club.

Green living comes at a price, though, and one usually higher than the consume-waste cycle practiced throughout the developing world.

Kudos to Canucks who can smell the compost of Kyoto! -cp

Posted by Right2thePoint [TypeKey Profile Page] | April 20, 2007 1:39 PM

So we get the choice to say we will take the lesser evil and just punch ourselves multiple times in the face rather than voluntarily sit down on a sharpened spike.

Oh that's good.