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Bush sparks debate about Kyoto Accords

Some believe Bush's withdrawal from the accords is a justified move

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So George W. Bush, the bumbling oilman, turned tail and ran from the Kyoto Accords. Just behind him were his big oil company amigos cheering him on. And who was left behind? Worried environmentalists, the European Union and developing nations.

Countries agreed in the Kyoto Accord to reduce emissions to 95 per cent of 1990 levels by 2008-2012. Many people agree Kyoto is flawed, partially because nobody is on track to meet the targets. In fact, emissions continue to rise in industrialized countries.

But Kyoto is a starting point. Bush's decision to pull out is short-sighted and does not bode well for the next four years. The United States is the biggest emitter of greenhouse gases, but Bush said, "I will not accept a plan that will harm our economy and hurt our workers."

While Bush seems to breathe the mantra "money equals happiness," what happens to the workers who suffer from various respiratory problems and their children who suffer from health problems?

Good thing the economy's booming to help pay all those hospital bills. As well, Dubya demands developing countries climb aboard. Developing countries emit only a fraction of what industrial countries produce. Since industrialized nations put the world in this situation, it's up to them to fix it.

Bush assumes the Kyoto Accords are partly responsible for the U.S.'s energy woes. To solve the energy crisis, Bush plans to drill for more oil. And not just anywhere, but up in the environmentally-sensitive area of the Alaskan Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. I guess his oilmen friends who donated huge election campaign funds can barely contain their glee at the opportunity to explore the virgin wilderness. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, there are only 5.7 billion barrels of oil in the ANWR which is equivalent to only 22 months of oil imports. Bush will destroy a beautiful area so he can briefly satiate the maw of an energy-hungry country. Dubya also plans to "use the tools of diplomacy to increase the flow of crude oil from foreign suppliers" and he will remind leaders of the Persian Gulf governments that "our relationships are not merely commercial, but strategic--they own the oil, and America offers its protection." Bush the bully anyone?

Sadly, Prime Minister Jean Chr├ętien seems content to bend over for Dubya. No doubt visions of Albertan votes dance in his eyes while he dreams of a fourth term. Alberta stands to make huge wads of money, what with our expertise in oil drilling and non-environmental thinking. However, Canada must stand with the EU. We appear as the U.S.'s sole ally, and joining the EU will knock Dubya down a notch and show him why we need the Kyoto Accords.

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Hey Natalie, wake up and get informed! First, how are we going to abide by Kyoto?! Tell everyone they can't drive their cars anymore, so America shuts down? What about his $1.2 billion on the Hydrogen Fuel Initiative? Hydrogen power is absolutely clean, and can be used SAFELY for both transportation vehicles and electrical power. Kyoto calls for immediate, stringent demands we cannot meet at the moment. But with the implementation of hydrogen fuel powering every car and every power plant, we will be ridiculously clean! Kyoto will be a joke then!

It's not like he's out there driving everyone's cars either! It takes the cooperation of citizenry with government, and we can't clean up the air overnight, thus he won't abide and piss EVERYONE off than just a few retards like you.

"...up in the environmentally-sensitive area of the Alaskan Arctic National Wildlife Refuge." Hey, have you ever been up there? Because it's surveyed as a worthless piece of land no one in their right mind would care for, in a state that's twice the size of Texas, and with the ability to drill at diverse angles, it's not like companies are going to plow through the whole area and leave it all desolate! Not much it touched, and what is can recover not long after sites are abandoned.

Look, whenever retards like you, who don't see the WHOLE picture, participate in democracy, we all get screwed for it!

Slanderous or abusive comments will be removed by the gauntlet newsweekly? Who will decide and what criteria will used to determine which comments will relegated to the censorship fahrenheit 451 furnace? Is that how free speech is fostered and protected by you Canucks? Oops am I'm being slanderous or abusive?

Well here's my missive for Natalie Sit. Natalie, what have you been sitting on? You should not sit down unless you're being mindful of what your sitting on, especially if it's you head. Is it difficult for you to reason and to avoid irrational hatred when your head's up your keyster?

Never forget that a liberal/progressive sees what she believes and a conversative believes what he sees.

Hey you gotta admit though boys...she IS cute :P

Oh and GO BUSH! I agree that things MUST be done about our current situation in regards to energy consumption and evergrowing environmental impact on Mother Earth, however rushing off to enact some unrealistic "magic bullet" plan is not the answer.