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Argument: Kyoto Protocol wrongly exempts heavy-emitting developing nations

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John McCain, US Senator (R-AZ), voted Yes on "S.RES.98" on July 25, 1997: - "Expressing the sense of the Senate regarding the conditions for the United States becoming a signatory to any international agreement on greenhouse gas emissions under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change...

(1) the United States should not be a signatory to any protocol to, or other agreement regarding, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change of 1992, at negotiations in Kyoto in December 1997, or thereafter, which would--

(A) mandate new commitments to limit or reduce greenhouse gas emissions for the Annex I Parties, unless the protocol or other agreement also mandates new specific scheduled commitments to limit or reduce greenhouse gas emissions for Developing Country Parties within the same compliance period,[1]


Bob Barr, former US House Representative (R-GA), stated in an interview on CNN's Glenn Beck Program. - "Global warming is a myth, but yet it's being used by the environmental folks and by the internationalists. A lot of the pressure is coming from the United Nations and other countries, some of which, like China of course, are pushing the Kyoto Protocol. Why? Because they are exempt, it's going to saddle us..."[2]


Rudy Giuliani, former Mayor of New York City, stated in a Mar. 26, 2007 article titled "Interview with Rudy Giuliani" in a Kudlow & Company column on RealClearPolitics.com: - "Whatever your scientific conclusion about global warming, whether it's manmade or it isn't or whatever, the reality is that if you don't have--if you don't have restrictions on China, if you don't have restrictions on India, our contribution, ultimately, is going to be minor. We could put all these restrictions on ourselves and have just as much arguable global warming if China, India, some of these other countries that are going to be contributing a lot more to this don't become part of some kind of system to create alternatives."[3]

Supporting videos

"Glenn Beck: The Truth of the Kyoto Protocol". Posted on YouTube. September 21, 2007 - Makes the case for the US rejection of the treaty, largely on the point that it does not adequately hold industrializing nations to account.

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