Remember when President Bush shocked… shocked… the entire liberal world in his second month on the job, by dumping the tree-hugging-fiasco known as the Kyoto Protocol?
Europeans reacted sharply Thursday to President George W. Bush’s repudiation of the Kyoto global warming treaty, with France denouncing it as a scandal and an alarmed European Union announcing it would send top-ranking representatives to Washington.
French Environment Minister Dominique Voynet said: “Mr Bush’s unilateral attitude is a scandal.”
His behaviour was “entirely provocative and irresponsible,” she added.
The European Commission announced in Brussels it will send a delegation to Washington next week for talks with the Bush administration.
Italy’s Environment Minister Willer Bordon called the US move “extremely serious”. He said Washington should be forced to state its position officially.
Apparently they didn’t recognize the good ol’ fashioned official-middle-finger-position.
Now who’s having the last laugh? From AFP:
New data has shown that the European Union (EU) remains embarrassingly off track for meeting its pledges under the Kyoto Protocol, the UN climate-change pact it championed after a US walkout.
Instead of falling, EU greenhouse-gas pollution actually rose in the latest year of monitoring, adding to the task of meeting the Kyoto goals, according to figures released by the European Environment Agency (EAA) in Copenhagen.
“Despite the various policy initiatives, this report highlights that the trend is still going in the wrong direction,” declared EAA Executive Director Jacqueline McGlade.
Oops. That’s gonna leave a mark.
Now, let’s see a report on how many millions of dollars have been thrown at this stupid treaty, and how many jobs have been lost as a result of the ineffective regulations it produced.
European weenies, your apologies can be forwarded to the U.S. State Department.