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Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Bush Was Right -- Kyoto

The first in a series:

Now that the election is safely over and the Democrats are poised to take charge, the MSM has belatedly begun to take a more realistic reassessment of President Bush and what he has done. On issue after issue it turns out that President Bush was right and his critics wrong. We can thank God that we elected a man with sufficient inner fortitude to withstand the gales of misguided criticism directed at him and to hold fast to what he knew was right.

Remember all that venom spewed by the environmentalists and transnationalists over the subject of Kyoto? Conveniently ignoring the fact that the Clinton administration had blocked American participation in the international suicide pact, lefties of all stripes roundly denounced President Bush for refusal to adopt the Kyoto Accords. Much of the poison was spread by European governments that had already adopted Kyoto standards and insisted that the United States join them in their mad rush over the precipice.

Well, that was then and now is now. It turns out that the Kyoto standards were not only impractical, they were a terrible burden on the economies of developed nations [something that President Bush in his wisdom understood and tried to warn us about]. For years now, while blathering on and on about the need for America to adopt Kyoto standards, EU nations have quietly failed to meet their own agreed goals [here]. Their denunciations of Bush have been, to say the least, duplicitous. This year Italy and Poland have already signaled their willingness to abandon the treaty and now German German Chancellor Angela Merkel has joined them.

Italy and Germany agree that measures to cut greenhouse gases shouldn't weigh on the economy, Germany Chancellor Angela Merkel said at a press conference Tuesday, indicating government support for tough new measures in Europe is waning.

Any new European Union decisions on climate change and energy "must be taken in such a way as to not weigh on industry" in Europe, she said at a press conference televised live by Sky Italia.
Read the whole thing here.

Note that Chancellor Merkel's statemend carries the implication that President Bush was right in his insistence that the international regulatory standards being proposed would place an intolerable burden on advanced economies and that his refusal to join the mad rush was indeed the course of wisdom.