I was never Bill Clinton's biggest fan during the nineties, but I did manage to admire him on a few counts. One of which was his refusal to commit to anything other than a symbolic assent to the appalling Kyoto Treaty--a treaty that basically said the United Nations could dictate environmental policy. And by that I mean the environmental policies of nations that feed the rest of the nations who get to dictate environmental policy.
I remember the cacophonous screeching that ensued shortly after the senate ensured it was a non-binding action. But even Bill Clinton understood the free markets enough to know that the UN was more concerned with killing Jews that to really grapple with an understanding that perhaps the countries that feed their tin-horn dictatorships should perhaps be allowed to pollute more than others.
Still, this didn't stop others, Europe and Japan included--from indexing their checkbooks to the whims of that giant hotbed of anti-semic enono-ignorance. And now it's come home to roost:
Does this sound familiar? Such as in the recently-floated "carbon offsets"--a sort of ecological shell game championed by Al Gore that basically says that you can pay someone else to not pollute as much in order to accommodate your private jet emissions accrued during private screenings of An Inconvenient Truth. The price tag for their recalcitrance? 46 Billion. To. The. UN.
Twenty nations including Japan, Italy and Australia may be releasing more greenhouse-gas pollution than they agreed to under the Kyoto treaty to curb global warming.
They're failing to rein in carbon-dioxide output enough to meet their pledges signed in 1997 in Kyoto, Japan, according to reports by individual countries. As a penalty for missing their goals under the treaty, the nations are required to buy permits for every excess ton of the heat-trapping gas released through 2012. That will total 2.3 billion permits for 20 nations, New Carbon Finance, a research firm in London, has estimated.
If I remember correctly, Martin Luther hammered his parchment to the door of an equally-corrupt organization, objecting to the exact same thing: Indulgences.
Besides, I doubt the UN will be concerned with environmental impact studies when Ahmendinejad detonates a dirty bomb at the Dome of the Rock.