Global Warming: U.S. Policy Goes International
The USA is the world's greatest economy. It is also by far the world's largest polluter, and the most responsible for the global warning situation we are now facing. On the other hand, it is the one country most capable of dealing with any costs that might be generated by working to meet the Kyoto protocol.
The United States is not the only powerful economy to reject Kyoto. Australia was quick to follow the U.S. lead, and now British Prime Minister Tony Blair has started echoing the Bush line about economic viability. At the Clinton Global Initiative opening meeting (see page 14 of the pdf), Blair said, "I would say probably I'm changing my thinking about this in the past two or three years. ... The truth is no country is going to cut its growth or consumption substantially in the light of a long-term environmental problem."
Deborah J. Saunders writes in the San Francisco Chronicle of Blair "taking heat" for his shifting position on how best to address climate change.
Can we expect more nations to fall in line with the U.S. position against international environmental treaties that require any amount of economic sacrifice?
(Then again, maybe all the wacky weather be blamed on the Japanese getting revenge for the nuclear bombs the Americans dropped on them so many years ago. No, I don't believe that, but quite seriously, there's a weatherman out there advocating this theory. Columnist Michael Jenkinson explains in the Edmonton Sun.)
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