Thursday, December 20, 2007

George W. Bush, Eco-Warrior?

If the Euro-weenies are so wonderful, and Al Gore is right that America is the world's great "global warming" villain, then can somebody please explain this:

The Kyoto treaty was agreed upon in late 1997 and countries started signing and ratifying it in 1998. A list of countries and their carbon dioxide emissions due to consumption of fossil fuels is available from the U.S. government. If we look at that data and compare 2004 (latest year for which data is available) to 1997 (last year before the Kyoto treaty was signed), we find the following.

* Emissions worldwide increased 18.0%.

* Emissions from countries that signed the treaty increased 21.1%.

* Emissions from non-signers increased 10.0%.* Emissions from the U.S. increased 6.6%.

In fact, emissions from the U.S. grew slower than those of over 75% of the countries that signed Kyoto.

As Glenn notes at, "They told me that if George W. Bush were elected, the United States would lag behind the rest of the world on greenhouse gases And they were right!"

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