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  • Video: Copenhagen Should Follow Byrd-Hagel Resolutions

    In response to the Copenhagen Climate Change Conference December 7th through 18th, The Heritage Foundation is launching a video series to cover all the details and aspects of the climate summit. We’ll address all the angles (climate, energy, national security, sovereignty, trade, and more) and provide you with everything you need to know about Copenhagen.

    Up first is Senior Policy Analyst on Energy & Environment Ben Lieberman discussing a 1997 Senate Resolution that should guide U.S. policy for Copenhagen.

    [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uaf4KvEFM4M[/youtube]

    The importance of the Byrd-Hagel Resolution, passed unanimously with a 95-0 vote before the Kyoto Protocol, is two-fold.

    • Specifically, the resolution states that the U.S. and other developed nations should not enter into a treaty requiring reductions in emissions of carbon dioxide from fossil fuels and other greenhouse gasses unless it includes binding agreements from developing nations. Any attempt to reduce carbon dioxide in the U.S. will be futile in China and other fast-growing emitters are exempt. Having developing countries commit to a treaty to reduce carbon dioxide emissions in Copenhagen is highly unlikely to occur.

    • The resolution also states that the U.S. should not enter into any treaty that “would result in serious harm to the economy of the United States.” The Kyoto Protocol, which the U.S. wisely chose not to be a signatory, called for a 5 percent reduction below 1990 baseline emissions levels. Not only did the U.S. outperform most of the countries that did sign the Kyoto Protocol in terms of emissions reductions, countries in the European Union ended up paying for it with a costly Carbon Trading Scheme. Although it was unsuccessful in reducing emissions, there was a massive cost in attempting to do so for Europe, estimated at $67.75 billion to $170.84 billion through 2008.

    Bryd-Hagel should be the criteria the U.S. uses for the climate summit; any treaty that comes out of Copenhagen will in all likelihood fail at both.  For all of Heritage’s work on the Copenhagen climate summit, visit our Copenhagen Consequences page.

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    6 Responses to Video: Copenhagen Should Follow Byrd-Hagel Resolutions

    1. Ebba, Europe says:

      Why doesn't U.S aknowledge their historical contribution to adding greenhouse gases to the atmosphere?

      China and India will also reduce emssions they have to as they are dependent on glaciers for water.

      Look a child in the eyes and say that you destroyed the place where she will get her food, water and shelter. Her home. Our planet. Because of greed! Shame on you! But …

      Economically it is not a problem and has not been one either to reduce emissions. Who said reducing cost money? On the contrary it saves money to save energy.

      PhD in Environmental Medicine researching on how traffic emissions reduce birth weight.

    2. Bobbie Jay says:

      It's disappointing that people with positions the public is forced to trust, are easily influenced by a non-existence.

      Shame on them! Because of greed and authority to steal taxpayer money, force the hard worker out of a job! Shame on them. Create jobs of non-production at an unnecessary cost to those that have NO SAY…SHAME ON THEM.

      THIS COURSE OF ACTION THE GOVERNMENT IS TAKING WILL RESULT IN EVERYONE put in line for the government food, water and shelter hand-out! Shame on you. Nothing will be available as GOVERNMENT WILL BE IN CONTROL OF ALL! SHAME ON YOU! shame on government ignorance. Shame on your ignorance.

    3. Joe Ruffino, New Yor says:

      Once again the Supreme Court under Robers has failed the American people. Their ruling regarding the power of the EPA was sicking. The agency is controlled by misquided non-experts and political hacks and should never have been provided with such authority of decision making.

    4. Jerry from Chicago says:

      You have just got to love the concern being shown by all of the attendees at the Copenhagen Global Warming party. All the political big shots, the Hollywood elite, celebrities of sports, music and other entertainment, greenies and liberals flocking to Copenhagen in their private jets and once there, being carried to their exclusive hotels in limosines (not buses, taxis or bicycles mind you) crying in their champaign about the catastrophe of global warming — that the whole world is now learning was a hoax.

      How many billions will our generous President B.O. promise to the other nations of the world to "stimulate" the reduction of carbon emissions?

      The U.S. is broke. The economic Stimulus bill didn't stimulate the economy or restore any jobs. The bill to reduce health care spending will only increase the cost and reduce our access to the physicians who decide to remain in practice.

      To all of the U.S. politicians who are so worried about keeping America 'green' I have one question, why won't you turn the irrigation water back on in the San Joaquin, CA valley? Tens of thousands of farm workers have lost their jobs. Many farms that have been in families for generations are being lost. And what was once the most fertile produce producing valley in the U.S. is now a dusat bowl. Why? For the 'Delta Smelt'? Even the libs like Barbara Boxer and Diane Fienstein are turning their backs on California farmers. Obviously, they think the preservation of the two-inch fish is more important than the livelihoods of of 40,000 farm workers and the food stuffs they produced. These are the kinds of politicians who feel it's much better see tens of thousands unemployed and the food supply reduced than to simply capture a number of these fish and transplant them to another water system someplace else. These are the kinds of geniuses that make up the majority in Congress.

      I truly believe that these radical environmentalists would rather see the elimination of the human race so that the land and its other non-human inhabitants would no longer be troubled by our existence. I think they should lead the way by eliminating themselves first. That would be a true sign of leadership and 'walking the walk'.

    5. philip says:

      THE POLICTIAL POWERS ARE DETERMAND TO PAD THEIR POCKETS AT THE EXPENCE OF THE MIDDLE CLASS. BY TAXING THEM OUT EXCIESDENTS INTO A TWO CLASS THRID WORLD COUNTRY.THOSE IN POWERWILL STEAL FROM THE POOR AND LIVE THE HIGH LIFE USEING CLIMATE CHANGE FALSELY TO ACHIVE THEIR WEALTH AND GOALS. HOPEFULLY THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WILL WAKE UP TO PREVENT THIS SOCICALISST PLOT, AND PUT AND END TO THE OBAMA,POLOSI REID TYPE LIES DECIET, AND GREED, FRAUD STOP THEM FROM DESTROYING AMERICA

    6. Lynn B. DeSpain says:

      Reminds me of a bunch of ants on a Redwood. Every so often, Nature just gives us a forest fire to clear out the rot and disease.

      But you ask the ant about a coming fire and the ant will tell you that he and his family, as far back as they can remember,have never heard of such a thing, but they have noticed it getting warm in the past few hours, so they must have done something wrong.

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