The collapse of Kyoto

12/04/2000
Collapse of climate-change talks in The Hague last month gives the oil and gas industry a reprieve but no reason to rest. Political forces supporting the probably doomed Kyoto Protocol have not subsided. Pressure builds to sacrifice human well-being to alarmist speculation. And the oil and gas industry remains divided. Rhetoric at the Sixth Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention on Climate Change betrayed troubling political motives. French Pres. Jacques Chirac urged representatives from the US to "cast aside their doubts and hesitations" about the need for drastic response to climate change, asserting, "Each American emits three times more greenhouse gases than a Frenchman."The a...
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