In yesterday’s AP story about ex-generals citing the dangers of global warming, this sentence appears:
In a veiled reference to Bush’s refusal to join an international treaty to cut greenhouse gas emissions, the report said the U.S. government “must become a more constructive partner” with other nations to fight global warming and cope with its consequences.
That’s sloppy journalism. The Kyoto treaty was rejected in 1999 by the U.S. Senate. The vote was 95-0.
The reasoning was simple and explained here by the Environmental Literacy Council:
Although the United States signed the Kyoto Protocol, the treaty has not been ratified by the U.S. Senate. Ratifying the Kyoto Protocol would require the U.S. to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 7 percent below its 1990 levels by 2012. In July 1999, the Senate voted 95-0 to pass a resolution co-sponsored by Senators Byrd (D-W.Va.) and Hagel (R-Neb.) stating that the Senate would not ratify the Protocol unless rapidly developing countries such as China were included in its requirements to reduce greenhouse gases. The Clinton Administration announced it would not send the treaty to the Senate for ratification.
To state that President Bush alone refuses to join the “international treaty to cut greenhouse gas emissions” is clearly wrong. It shows that this AP writer, Seth Borenstein, either doesn’t understand the facts or doesn’t want to explain them fully to his readers.