Hot Air points out what now has to be assumed is purposeful mis-reporting by the AP concerning Kyoto. One more time for their benefit.
Bill Clinton signed the Kyoto “accordings” — perhaps the AP meant “treaties”? — but never submitted it to the Senate for ratification. In 1997, as a response to the Clinton administration’s action, the Senate voted 95-0, with such Democratic stalwarts as Ted Kennedy and Barbara Boxer among them, to issue a sense of the Senate resolution rejecting Kyoto. The resolution was sponsored by Chuck Hagel and Robert Byrd. Even John McCain rejected it.
Bill Clinton never bothered to try for ratification. The “according” sat on his desk from 1998 to the end of his term. The Bush administration merely reflected the unanimous will of the Senate when he rejected the treaty — not because he didn’t support emission control, but because he wanted an end to the exemption for India, China, and other developing nations. That was the explicit grounds for the Hagel-Byrd resolution, and to this day remains a key flaw in the Kyoto Protocol.
I have recently pointed out how Saudi Arabians think differently than many Westerners do. Today Gabor Steingart of Spiegel Online notes how Americans think differently than Europeans.
When the government announces new benefits for citizens, the typical European thinks: “I’m getting something new.” But the average American thinks: “It’s going to cost me something.”
I think the point of his article is to point out that we have multiple personality disorder because we want things but we don’t want to pay taxes. I would like to point out to him that at least we realize that the government’s money comes from our pockets and not from thin air!