The Kyoto Protocol

NPR.org, Dec. 7, 2005 · Topping the agenda at this week's Kyoto Protocol conference in Montreal is how to meet the greenhouse gas reduction targets set for 2012, and what to do after the accord expires. The lone holdouts to the treaty among industrialized countries are the United States and Australia.

The White House says the treaty would damage the U.S. economy, with little proven environmental benefit. Australian leaders say they would sign a future accord if China and India were required to cut emissions; the two developing giants are exempt from Kyoto. Read a sampling of world editorials and analysis on the treaty’s global attempt to reduce manmade emissions that warm the Earth:

 
 

UNITED KINGDOM

Widening Kyoto

Financial Times, venerable daily founded in 1885, the Wall Street Journal of the United Kingdom

Nov. 29, 2005

The mood in the U.S. is changing, even if schizophrenic, as shown by last summer's Senate non-binding resolution in favor of mandatory emission limits. The Kyoto signatories would therefore probably be better advised to sit out Mr. Bush's remaining three years in office, and hope for his successor to recognize U.S. responsibility as an early industrial power.

CANADA

U.S. Doing Better than Canada, Without Kyoto

The Toronto Star, Canada's largest daily, editorially liberal

Dec. 4, 2005

Implementing the Kyoto Protocol would force us to pay a higher price than we would have to pay to cover any damage that might be caused by global warming. Kyoto is purported to be an agreement about the environment. But if you take a closer look, it is, in fact, all about economics and all about policy that would benefit certain countries (mostly in Europe) over others (primarily, the United States).

CHINA

Global Village Needs to Reduce Greenhouse Gases

China Daily, largest English-language daily in mainland China, represents official government opinions

Dec. 3, 2005

Human beings have been endlessly developing new ways and means to exploit and conquer Mother Nature. At the same time, they have also suffered almost simultaneous vengeance from gigantic and mysterious natural forces due to their extreme disregard for its law most of the time. The ongoing conference on global climate change ... seems to provide an opportunity for residents in our world community to discuss self-restraints from excessively damaging the global climate while pursuing material development.

AUSTRALIA

Protocol's Shady Salesmen

The Australian, by Kendra Okonski, director of the London-based charity, International Policy Network

Dec. 5, 2005

If a shifty salesman in a blue suit adorned with yellow stars appeared on your doorstep flogging a life insurance policy with high, high costs and low, low returns, would you turn over your hard-earned cash? Most likely you would shut the door in his face. This is effectively what some non-government organizations and governments are asking us to do when they call for drastic restrictions on greenhouse gas emissions in the name of saving us from climate change.

JAPAN

Standing By Kyoto

The Asahi Shimbun, a major independent paper, circulation over 11 million

Nov. 28, 2005

The position Japan should adopt is very clear. It should fulfill its responsibility as the country that hosted the 1997 conference that produced the Kyoto Protocol by trying to persuade the United States and developing countries to join the pact.

KENYA

Africa Missing in Action

Daily Nation, a leading independent newspaper

Dec. 2, 2005

Though developing countries are relatively innocent in this matter, they are the ones that suffer most from natural calamities, and their ability to recover are severely curtailed by their poverty. The World Health Organization estimates that climate change today leads to over 150,000 deaths every year ... The meeting has been on for five days now, but so far, there is little evidence of a co-ordinated Africa agenda. This is very unfortunate.


   
   
   
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