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  • by pudge (1) on 2004.12.14 17:52 (#36805) Homepage Journal
    First, no, there IS NOT enough proof that man is causing global warming, or that it is a problem.

    But that doesn't mean we can't pretend there is. I am perfectly willing for practical purposes to presume that it is a fact, because the chances are good that it is true, and the consequences are severe.

    Second, there is no way Kyoto will ever be ratified. It was already signed, signing is not the problem. Ratification is. Until Congress passes it, it is not law for us, and Congress will not pass it, because it hurts American jobs.

    Even if you believe in the false dichotomy of Democrats == working stiffs and Republicans == corporations, Kyoto hurts them all, and not just in the trickle-down way. Yes, corporate profits fall which hurts the workers, but worse than that, because of the imbalance built in to the treaty, the U.S. is put at a competitive disadvantage, in an age where we already have a huge trade deficit and workers are concerned about job outsourcing. This would only make foreign products even cheaper (relative to American products), and make even more jobs outsourced as companies look for other alternatives to American manufacturing (which is on the increase these past several years, but that would change if Kyoto took hold).

    Both of these things have the same basic point: we can disagree on whether man-made global warming is true, or whether Kyoto is a good idea, but we can still do practical things. I am unconvinced of man-made global warming, but I can still agree it's a good idea to curb CO2 emissions. I can believe Kyoto is a bad idea for the U.S., but still be in favor of various options that would achieve many of the same goals.