Duplantier reporting Behind The Headlines

Week of:
May 13, 2001
Bush Deserves Credit for No to Kyoto


by: F.R. Duplantier

"Finally we have a President who has the strength of character to do what needs to be done, even in the face of howling environmental extremists."

"If the Kyoto Protocol can be put behind us, perhaps the world can take a new, unprejudiced look at global climate and determine what, if anything, should be done to try to influence it," suggests Henry Lamb of the Environmental Conservation Organization (eco). "More than 10 years ago, a small group of elite environmental extremists decided that fossil fuels drive the prosperity engines of developed countries," Lamb recalls. "The global warming scenario was pretty much manufactured to justify shutting off the energy valve in developed countries, while keeping it open in developing countries. The real genius," he notes, "is the mechanism that put the authority to control the global energy valve in the hands of a United Nations agency."

In a recent installment of his internet commentary at eco-logic on-line (www.freedom.org), Lamb emphasizes that "the United Nations would have taken control of the global energy valve" if Al Gore had won the election last November. He concludes that President Bush's rejection of Kyoto "may well be the most important result of the November election. The world now has a chance to avoid a U.N. global energy czar and let the ingenuity of free people and free markets find ways to meet the world's energy requirements with as little negative environmental impact as possible."

Lamb urges policymakers to "reject the global warming myth and recognize that climate science is in its infancy. We must continue our research and study of all facets of climate and weather -- without any preconceived notions about human influence," he advises. "At the same time, we need to recognize that energy is, indeed, the fuel that drives the prosperity engine. We should make every effort to get abundant, affordable energy to every person on earth. We cannot, however, let any government -- including the United Nations -- mandate that energy be supplied, or denied, as a matter of political policy. We must insist that markets provide the mechanism through which supply meets demand."

Lamb praises President Bush for his "strength of character, courage, willingness to consider what's best for America, and for doing what needs to be done." He also expresses gratitude for "common sense, and a system of government that still allows the people to throw out politicians who get carried away with their own vision of personal majesty. When any politician . . . is more interested in seeing that his vision of public policy prevails than in doing what the people want, that politician must go," Lamb declares. "Whenever an environmental organization is more interested in imposing their policy than in providing factual information so the people can decide what the policy should be, that organization no longer deserves respect or public support. When the TV talking heads and major media become more interested in advancing their own extremist agenda than in reporting the news and presenting all sides of a debate," he concludes, "then it's time to look elsewhere for news."