Re: Doh! Russia requires bribe guarantee

Posted by Dale on Mar 29, 2002 at 20:14

Re: Doh! Russia requires bribe guarantee (bobbapink)

I guess I just don’t understand how either Japan or Russia thinks this will work. Article 12 of the Kyoto Protocol ( ) is where credits are defined and allowed. But the executive board of the clean development mechanism can overrule any agreement. This “deal” should provide sufficient evidence for them to just say no way after Japan and Russia are committed.

Even more critically, the credit must be based upon “Reductions in emissions that are additional to any that would occur in the absence of the certified project activity.” Doesn’t that shine a spotlight on the real problem of Kyoto? If it is cheaper for one country to reduce emissions than another making a credit sale viable, doesn’t that mean the reduction levels weren’t set justly in the first place? Why is one country in the position of being forced to choose between economic ruin and finding a willing seller while another country has lots of additional easy reductions they could make if the price is right? Why does Kyoto allow any country the luxury of having reductions to sell while punishing others with unattainable limits? Could it be that the limits set by Kyoto are really about global economic wealth redistribution? Could it be that global warming is just a convenient ruse to further the global desires of a few socialists? In any case, Kyoto is about as far from science as you can get unless we want to get back into the political science is science argument. But it never hurts to keep reminding people of that.

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