Watching Government: Climate change redux

05/14/2001
Kyoto is dead, the White House says. But the climate change issue is neither gone nor forgotten for the Bush administration. "The president's statement has been incorrectly portrayed as a major setback on climate change policy," said Larry Goldstein of Petroleum Industry Research Foundation Inc. "Such a view assumes Kyoto was on track to becoming an operationally viable process." Goldstein says that unrealistic targets, a poor starting point (1990 emission levels that used demand data from the US recession of that time), the absence of developing country commitments, and US domestic policy constraints killed Kyoto long before Bush was even elected.No excusesNevertheless, none of the a...
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