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  1. 1. From: Peel.Kenneth L To: Green. Michael J.: Aitbach. E ic G; Aitbach. Eric G.: Barnett.Megan H.: Cade, Dayna C.; Cauthen. Kharv 1. nnuhtn Jms: Co op Cob . ailA. Reifs ny erl)avid Conove Gamnl u11110kavid _K pai .Adrson e soa-Joynt. Barbara M (VES); Dixon.Robert K. Fiddelke. Debbie S.Gen ichael J.; Hannegan. Bryan J.; Harlan L. Watson Karen A arePelKenneth L.~Mc.Crath Charles Mcibbe oe D Trc . u R.O~onvanKevin M.; Perino Dana M. Robert AMniSizaFaar; St. Matrtin Michele CC: Subject: Tech Central Station: Way, Way Beyond Kyoto Date: Wednesday, August 03, 2005 8:49:04 AM Attachments: Way, Way Beyond Kyoto _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ By James K.Glassman, Host, TCS.~ In a surprise move that caught Europe's smug moralists and the environmental movement's noisy extremists flatfooted, the United States annou ced in Vientiane, Laos, last week that it was joining five other nations - China, India, Japan, South ~Korea and Australia -- in a new pact that offers a refreshing and effective alternative route to tadckling the problem of climate change. While given short shrift by the puzzled media, this is a big deal, in many ways. First, it breaks the climate-change deadlock, This is the agreement that responsible scientists and public officials have been seeking since the fa lure of the Kyoto Protocol became evident at the global warming conclave in Delhi two years ago. Call it "Beyond Kyoto" - Way Beyond Kyoto.
  2. 2. the involvement of the United Nations or Secod, dal as egotiated and settled without he ew Lnited States that multilateralism does nthv the European Union - a clear message from the n newspaper, the agreement - called the Asia- sinledefniion I fatacording to The Guardi imate -- was kept secret by President Bush from C PaingedficnPatinerhi on Clant Deeopetcn atmnhsG n hmino ytdrn British Prime Minister Tony Blair, an uncompromi meeting' in Scotland. for 45% of the world's population and about Third, the agreement comprises countries that account in gas emissions, mainly carbon dioxide, implicated half the world's economic output and greenhou5e may sojintepact. raising surface temperatures. More Asian countries approach to combating the possibility of global Fourth and most important, it takes a pro-growth Kyoto agreement focuses on innovative technology warming in the century ahead. The new Beyond but also to dirty air and economic deprivation. as the antidote, not only to carbon-dioxide emissions and poverty eradication are urgent and The very first statement in the pact is: "Development overriding goals internationally." for hard C02 targets, met through government That's a stark contrast with Kyoto's preference i an afterthought. directives, to reduce energy use. Development at Kyoto, signed in 1997 and officially ratified last Even its staunchest supporters now recognize t year, has no future. nhouse gases, including China, India and South Many of the world's most prolific emitters of gre protocol. The US and Australia have rejected it. e Korea, were exempt from the requirements of t to meeting the treaty's And even noisy advocates, like France, Italy and Canada, are nowhere close US fell). 2001 and 2004 (those in the targets. The EU's emissions rose 3.6% between by 2012 to levels 5% below those of 1990, To reach Kyoto's drastic goal of cutting emissio~ns ~nergy use. That means slower growth, even developed nations haveno choice but to slash not just for rich nations, but, worse, for poor widespread recession, with especially dire consequences their goods and services. world for nations that rely on demand from the dlevelope9J energy, climate change and air pollution The Beyond Kyoto pact, by contrast, seeks to 'address ent." Specifically, te deal will concentrate on the issues within a paradigm of economic develop dialy, to increase the efficiency of their energy use. technology that will help China andlIndia, esp emissions as the US for each unit of GOP. Currently, these countries produce twice as many e US is the Saudi Arabia of coal, with the world's A major focus will be clean-coal technology. T large producers and users. The deal also seeks o largest supply, and China and Australia are al just nuclear, wind, more alternatives to fossil fuels with both low Emissions and high efficiency - not even biotechnology and nanotechnology. and Kyoto is a matter of religious fervor, are disarmed Many professional environmentalists, for whom Natural Resources Jeff Fielder, an analyst at the dismayed. "There's really nothing new here," said Defense Council in New York. has been quietly signing bilateral agreements Fielder is right in one respect. The Bush administration absolutely, a new comprehensive approach to is, for technology sharing for years now. But Vietbtiane its clear validity. "I think this is aimed at climate, and the Greens don't want to ackno)A ledge
  3. 3. ferring to the I1 th annual conference on global complicating the Montreal talks," Fielder added, r( 1 warming four months from now. of money and time. I am looking forward to I've been to four of these extravaganzas - huge w~stes bypassed by growth-loving Americans, Montreal, though. With the future-fearing Europeans opening Beyond Kyoto. Australians and Asians, there's a whole new wonl