First, shoot the messenger

Yet another boost for Thailand’s tourist industry today — a United Nations climate change boondoggle gets more than 1,000 lucky people room and board at top hotels, with taxpayers worldwide picking up the bill. And as the article says,

No major decisions are likely from the Bangkok talks…

leaving the Interneterati wondering why, then, is is necessary to  pump all that carbon from airplanes and hotel room air conditioners into the atmosphere and have everyone in Bangkok, instead of just holding an Internet-based conference.

Anyhow, to state the obvious:

Negotiators will also have to work out how to deal with the United States — the only rich nation not to have signed up to Kyoto — given that President George Bush will be leaving the White House after November’s election.

But leave it to Ed Cropley of Reuters to keep the big lie of global warming alive, to wit:

Bush pulled the United States out of Kyoto in 2001, saying the pact would hurt the economy and was unfair since it excluded big developing nations from committing to emissions cuts.

No.
He.
Didn’t.

In 1998, the president of the United States, Bill Clinton, made the entirely justifiable decision not to submit the Kyoto Treaty to the US Senate for ratification. That was because the US Senate had already voted a year earlier in a “sense of the senate” roll call to reject any call of any kind for Kyoto or any other kind of climate-control treaty. The vote – please remember this – was 95-0. The story, back-story and maybe more than you want is here, from the Competitive Enterprise Institute.

Under Clinton, in 1997, the US Senate voted 95-0 against Kyoto. Even Vice-President Al Gore, who then served as president of the senate, did not lift a finger to try to convince the senate to agree to bring the United States into Kyoto. As a result, the Kyoto Treaty was never submitted to that legislative house, let alone passed in order to bring the US into Kyoto.

The United States, under Clinton and under Bush, has never been in Kyoto, and it was totally impossible for Bush to pull the US out of something it never was in.

Two predictions:

  1. Ed Cropley and his Reuters “news agency” will again refuse to correct this simple, checkable error of fact.
  2. Reuters and many other news outlets will repeat this horrible error again, including this week. (They have done it before.)
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