From the They Just Don’t Get It File:
Ian Black, in another breathless editorial titled the EU votes for Kyoto and increases pressure on Bush, writes 14 paragraphs and 499 words of delusional, self-congratulatory schlock about the most dead thing east of Ted Rall’s sense of humor- The Kyoto Treaty.
Hailing a step forward in attempts to save the planet, the EU yesterday reaffirmed its commitment to the Kyoto treaty on global warming – and told the US that it should make the same commitment.
Presumably, this was reaffirmed in much the same way that the EU recently reaffirmed its position on Roberto Mugabe- many discussions of sanctions, gleeful backslapping, and blissful ignorance of the real facts. Where is Bjorn Lomborg when you need him? My question to the EU- If environmental degradation is such a threat to mankind, why don’t you just have Brussels ban it and then place heavy sanctions you won’t enforce on it? That has been such a smashing success elsewhere. Or maybe we should look at the root causes some more? One wonders if the Eurocrats told us this before or after they mentioned that EU member and supposed NATO partner France had not leaked plans to capture war criminal Radovan Karazdic.
EU environment ministers meeting in Brussels gave their formal blessing to the decision, which means that the EU will now complete ratification of the treaty by June 1.
Blessings included a ceremonial McDonalds bombing and sacrificing several growth hormone-free chickens and arranging their bones in a circle.
Kyoto commits the EU to reduce its emissions of greenhouse gases to eight per cent below 1990 levels during the five years from 2008 to 2012.
And now that Tony Blair has clamped down on Jack Straw’s press releases, that goal seems entirely attainable. In related news, no attempts have been made to muzzle Javier Solona and Hubert Vedrine. Environmentalists fear that silencing those gaseous windbags may lead to unexpected climate change in the form of global cooling.
Greenpeace called it a “historic” move that would allow the treaty to come into force by the time of the world summit on sustainable development in August – the 10th anniversary of the first Earth Summit in Rio.
Which will put them next door to Argentina, where they can view the type of third world economies that this sort of unchecked idealism and regulation can create.
But the impact of the announcement was marred when EU member governments failed to set their own emission levels to meet Kyoto targets. Individual targets will now be decided by the European Commission.
What a novel idea… Gather numerous pseudo-soveriegn governments under the leadership of a centralized buearacracy which will determine its own standards for environmental preservation. Sounds like a good idea. Oh yeah, that is why. We call them states here in the U.S., you wankers. And if you don’t mind, we will follow your, ahem, lead and decide which standards we will put in place and which standards we will follow.
Nevertheless, the decision increases pressure on the US president, George Bush, who angered many countries during his first months in office by unilaterally pulling out of the pact, arguing that it would damage the US economy.
This is a European application of pressure? No wonder Mugabe is still in power.
EU member states have also been sharply critical of the US climate change strategy announced last month, which aims to encourage industries to cut emissions without setting mandatory targets.
Which, upon closer inspection, might resemble the mandatory levels that you FAILED TO ENACT yesterday and just discussed TWO paragraphs ago. At least we don’t intend to ruin our economy in the process (although an argument could be made that the EU doesn’t have much of an economy left to ruin).
“By taking this decision, the EU has reaffirmed its commitment to pursuing multilateral solutions to issues of global concern,” the commission said. “The EU continues to call for the United States to participate in the global framework for addressing climate change.”
Romano Prodi, the president of the commission, said: “We can only tackle climate change effectively through a multilateral process.”
Multilateral means the U.S. doing what the EU decides.
Since the US withdrawal, the EU has taken the initiative in global warming talks in Germany and Morocco, and led efforts to ensure that big industrial countries like Russia, Japan and Canada stick with Kyoto.
I am sure this will thrill Damian Penny. Canada- Industrial Powerhouse. Japan is in their umpteenth year of sustained recession. This sounds like a real recipe for success…
The treaty will only become legally binding when it has been ratified by 55 of the signatories, who between them must have accounted for at least 55% of developed countries’ 1990 emissions.
The US produced one third of those emissions and the EU a quarter. Without the US, almost all other developed countries must ratify the treaty if it is to come into force.
Translation- It won’t. Nyah, nyah nyah.
Greenpeace said Washington should now see the flaws in its strategy, which it suggested was meant to help the oil industry. “After President Bush slammed the door on the Kyoto protocol in March 2001 – and the very bad joke of the Bush-Exxon climate plan last month – it is now time for the USA to come back to the Kyoto protocol,” it said.
Greenpeace officials then said “And we hope it happens soon, so we can get down to the serious business of being a full time front for eco-terrorists like the ALF and the ELF.” Ok, they didn’t say that. They don’t need to- they are still doing that while bitching about Kyoto.
“We should all remember that the Kyoto targets are a very small but crucial first step towards protecting the earth’s climate. Industrialised countries must actually reduce their emissions by 80% by 2050 if ministers really want to protect the life of our children and grandchildren. There is no time to waste.”
If thie shrillness of these Europeans is any indication, political, economic, and military impotence must be very painful.