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Wednesday, July 27, 2005

After Kyoto

Of course, Bush won't get any credit for these efforts, since they're unlikely to ruin the US economy nor have the command & control bureaucracy that the statists love soo much. Nevermind that it will be more effective at reducing CO2 emissions than Kyoto ever could be. Results don't matter...

U.S. Offering Kyoto Protocol Alternative
By ROD McGUIRK, Associated Press Writer 1 hour, 8 minutes ago

CANBERRA, Australia - The United States will join India, China and Australia in announcing a new pact to limit greenhouse gases as an alternative to the Kyoto Protocol, Australia's environment minister said Wednesday.

The agreement was expected to be announced later Wednesday by
President Bush in Washington and on Thursday by officials from signatory countries meeting at an Association of Southeast Asian Nations security forum in Laos.

While 140 countries ratified the 1997 Kyoto agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, Australia and the U.S. have refused because developing countries weren't required to adopt emission targets.

Environment Minister Ian Campbell said Canberra and Washington had for the past 12 months been negotiating a new multilateral agreement targeting rapidly developing countries which pump out large amounts of greenhouse gas.

Labeling the Kyoto Protocol ineffective and a failure, Campbell said it was vital for developed countries to create and deploy modern technologies to help energy-hungry Asia-Pacific economies such as China and India slash emissions.

"We know that this is the answer; we know that the Kyoto Protocol is a failure in terms of saving the climate — we have to do better," Campbell said.

His comments came after a newspaper reported that the five nations, which account for 40 percent of the world's greenhouse gas emissions, had struck a U.S.-driven secret alliance called the Asia-Pacific Partnership for Clean Development and Climate.

Prime Minister John Howard discussed the strategy with Bush and Secretary of State
Condoleezza Rice when he visited Washington last week, The Australian newspaper reported.

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh met with Bush on the same subject on the same day, the newspaper said.

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