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Bush Pressured to Reconsider Protecting American Lives, Jobs

Thursday, 03 May 2001 12:00 AM

In a visit Wednesday with Secretary of State Colin Powell, German Foreign Minister Joshka Fischer said he hoped the president’s missile defense policy outlined Tuesday would not disrupt world efforts at international "arms control.”

Ignoring the president’s concern that the American people have absolutely nothing to protect them from incoming missiles, Fischer and others bemoaned the president’s repudiation of the old Anti-ballistic Missile Treaty, which had made missile defense difficult, if not impossible.

While he had Powell’s ear, the German official also urged the U.S. to "reconsider” Bush’s rejection of the Kyoto Protocol, which had been rejected by 95 U.S. senators after then-President Bill Clinton signed it.

Senators rejected the Kyoto treaty for a simple reason. Studies by economists showed the pact, if implemented, would virtually shut down the American economy and throw millions of Americans out of their jobs.

The measure to force emissions below 1990 levels, notwithstanding the population increase since then, is widely viewed as a scheme to siphon off America’s wealth to others, especially because the same standards would not apply to Third World nations or to China.

With as much impudence as any "diplomat” could muster, the German foreign minister appeared to be trying to shame America for daring to want to protect its people’s jobs and their basic right not to be blown to bits.

By the way, the pollsters are at it again with loaded one-sided questions. Some polls are showing a majority of Americans favoring the "environment” at the expense of the economy. Notice the absence of any question asking, "Would you be willing to give up your job and deny your family a living while freezing in the dark, in the name of 'the environment'?”

While the president was trying to fend off foreign pressures to sacrifice American jobs, the House International Relations Committee across town was voting to reverse his rejection of the Kyoto Protocol. That reversal stands a good chance of being voted down on the House floor, but it did not exactly present a united front when a visiting foreign minister was leaning on the president.

Meanwhile, on the other side of the Capitol, Sen. James M. Inhofe, R-Okla., charged before a Senate committee that political considerations were being improperly used to influence how scientific findings on so-called "global warming” were being reported and communicated. In other words, he fears politics, not science, is playing the center stage role.

For example, the senator pointed out that those purely political considerations had affected "global warming” reports by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and the U.S. Assessment of Climate Change.

He noted charges that the summary in the IPCC report had misled readers and distorted the underlying scientific conclusions, and that the National Assessment had violated the law by not covering specified areas, while at the same time reporting on other areas not in the statute, but requested by Clinton White House political appointees.

This, of course, is something to bear in mind when some blow-dried TV anchor intones that "the scientific evidence is in” on the theory of global warming.

Inhofe cited a study last December by the Department of Energy. It showed that mandatory regulation of CO2 (advocated by EPA Administrator Christie Whitman before the president yanked her back from it) would cost between $60 billion and $115 billion a year by 2005. That would make price availability of energy a national crisis on a scale never before experienced.

That’s the latest on the president’s effort to save millions of American jobs.

On the continuing effort to save millions of U.S. lives, a New York Times dispatch reported late Wednesday that European governments had reacted with caution to Bush’s efforts to implement a missile defense system, but that "none showed any enthusiasm.”

Russian Foreign Minister Igor D. Ivanov said his government "will insist on preserving and strengthening” the old 1972 ABM Treaty, which, as noted above, Bush regards as a corpse to be consigned to the ash heap. It threatens American lives, so out it goes.

In London, Prime Minister Tony Blair, under pressure from the opposition Conservative Party to endorse Bush’s proposal, refused to do so, taking a wait-and-see attitude.

But former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, now Lady Thatcher, showed that she has not lost her spunk.

"I strongly support President Bush’s plan to protect America and our allies from attack by ballistic missiles,” she said, "and I trust the British government will stop its shilly-shallying and support them too.”

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