US and Europe a planet apart on Kyoto Treaty

The Kyoto Treaty on Climate Change took effect Feb. 16 to celebration in Europe and indifference in the US.The 141 signatory countries are committed to reducing emissions of greenhouse gases by an average of 5.2% from 1990 levels by 2012. The US isn’t among them.The standard view in Europe is that US President George W. Bush pulled his country out of the treaty in 2001. Europeans probably believe this largely because they dislike Bush. But it isn’t so.The president cannot have pulled his country out of a treaty it was never in.Before the 1997 meeting in Kyoto, Japan, that produced the treaty, the US Senate overwhelmingly passed a resolution promising not to ratify any economic...

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