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Disloyal Officials out to Undercut Bush on Climate

Wednesday, 09 May 2001 12:00 AM

Reliable reports to NewsMax.com indicate there is a plan by the administration’s "global warming" theorists to persuade the president to make a speech declaring that the science on global warming is "settled.”

Moreover, some consideration is being given to the idea of a go-it-alone policy on cutting emissions, through a "caps and credits” system. This would allow one entity, plant, or industry that exceeds a "cap” on emissions within a given year to trade or get "credits” from another industry whose emissions in the same year are below the caps, a sort of averaging it out.

White House spokesman Jimmy Orr told NewsMax.com Wednesday night the president did take the issue of global climate change "seriously,” but that efforts to improve the climate must be based on "the best science and sound economics.” He said he could not speculate on what the president would or would not say or what policy would ultimately develop. No new decision has been made yet, he said.

Judged by the "science and economics” standard, the Kyoto Protocol would seem to flunk the test on both counts. Environmental sciences professor S. Fred Singer says, for all the huffing and puffing with the drastic job-killing measures required by the treaty, its enforcement would reduce global temperatures by a negligible 0.05 degrees C by 2050.

However, it is noted that during last year’s campaign, then-Gov. George W. Bush did speak in general terms about concerns regarding climate change. At the same time, he emphatically said the Kyoto treaty was not the way to deal with it because it would wreck the U.S. economy.

Nonetheless, "global warming" theorists within the president’s own official family think they may have found that there is "more than one way to skin a cat,” so to speak.

"If we initiate a policy of our own, that’s just another way of shooting ourselves in the foot instead of doing it through an international treaty,” complained a free-market advocate.

Skeptics of global warming who try to get confirmation of what is going on at the White House closed-door meetings on climate change are getting a tight-lipped administration response of "Trust us. You’ll be pleased with what we do.”

The New York Times on April 28 quoted "senior government officials” as saying that "most of those consulted” are asserting that "the science pointing to a serious problem is sound.” Actually, the informal White House gatherings have heard from people on both sides of that argument.

Among the skeptics is Richard Lindzen of Massachusetts Institute of Technology, who thinks the whole climate debate is a waste of time. One of the world’s leading atmospheric physicists, Dr. Lindzen believes that any human activity has minimal influence on climate change.

Among those taking the opposite view is William Reilly, EPA administrator in the administration of President Bush’s father. Conservatives believe he contributed to the failure of the senior Bush presidency.

A supposedly loyal "senior government official” is quoted in the Times as saying the decisions to reject the Kyoto Protocol "were made in an appalling vacuum of information.”

Understandably, that senior official requested that his or her name not be used. The most senior (though not necessarily the only) government officials who have been peddling the warming theory are Treasury Secretary Paul O’Neill and EPA Administrator Christine Todd Whitman.

Much of the pressure for the president to reverse his stance on the Kyoto Protocol has come from overseas.

"We just won’t accept” President Bush’s refusal to honor the Kyoto treaty. That’s the word from members of the European Union. That, along with the howl of protest from home-gown "environmental” organizations, has resulted in an effort right from within the administration to undermine or water down the president’s policy.

It could be that you "just won’t accept” being deprived of making a living because of a Kyoto treaty that would cost the U.S. economy $300 billion and millions of American jobs. But the EU says it "just won’t accept” the U.S. refusal to sacrifice your job.

Lost in all the rhetoric about the Kyoto treaty is the fact that shortly after then-President Bill Clinton signed that document, 95 U.S. senators went on record as opposed to it. They did not want their constituents to lose their ability to support their families.

But as one chagrined observer puts it, "The left never gives up,” and the pressure is on to get the president to cave in or at least make concessions. After all, there will be an international climate meeting in Bonn, Germany in July. And the president is being told the U.S. should not show up empty-handed without some sort of alternative.

Every president who acts in American interests in international matters is told that the "eyes of the world are on us.”

Advisers like that rarely refer to the "eyes of American workers.”

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