Seems as if Al Gore's part-documentary part-campaign flick is reaching
quite a few people this summer. Environmentalists and skeptics alike. Perhaps
the ol’ VP is repenting for some of the dirty deeds he supported during
his compliant years in Washington.
One of the more egregious of Gore’s follies while serving his country
came about in the late 1990s when the Clinton administration was debating whether
or not to back the largest international environmental pact in history, the
Kyoto Protocol. Mr. Gore, the big “enviro”, despite common belief,
was the one most responsible for Clinton’s derailment of the landmark
Seems contradictory, I know. Here’s the most popular environmentalist
speaking out about the fact the Earth is rapidly warming, indeed pointing out
that humans are at least partially to blame, yet when he had the power to do
something significant at the governmental level, he refused to act. In fact
Gore’s culpability in enviro degradation goes well beyond his family’s
past ownership in Occidental Petroleum, where they owned over a quarter
of a million dollars in the company while Gore sought the presidency in
It was the winter of 1997 when Vice President Gore, who was in direct control
of Clinton’s environmental policies, flew to Japan to address the international
delegation about the US’s position on the Kyoto Protocol. Gore and Clinton
had just come off an election victory and it was time to pay back the big oil
and gas companies who had handed over $6
million to their party the year prior.
Gore warmed up his attentive audience by affirming that Clinton and the US
public believed the Earth was in peril and that all global citizens must act
swiftly to save it. But in typical Gore doublespeak, he declared the United
States would not support the agreement because it did not ask enough of developing
nations, even though the US is the leading polluter in the world.
As Gore put it then, "Signing the Protocol, while an important step forward,
imposes no obligations on the United States. The Protocol becomes binding only
with the advice and consent of the US Senate.”
Gore soon returned to Washington only to reiterate his message that the Clinton
administration would not put the Kyoto Protocol before the Senate. "As
we have said before, we will not submit the Protocol for ratification without
the meaningful participation of key developing countries in efforts to address
climate change,” he said.
It was at that moment when Clinton and Gore ruined any chances of the Kyoto
Protocol being honestly debated in Washington. Later in November of 1998 Gore
"symbolically" signed the accord, likely to appease his environmental
pals like the Sierra Club’s Carl Pope, a close friend of Al’s.
But the Vice President’s tepid gesture couldn't have carried less weight.
The Clinton administration, with Gore's guidance, refused to allow the Republican
controlled Senate to decide on the Kyoto Protocol for themselves. Gore advised
Clinton not to send the Protocol to the Senate to be ratified. The blame could
have burdened the Republican Party, not the Democrats and the Clinton administration.
But instead the buck stopped with Al Gore and Bill Clinton. Predictably, President
Bush followed their lead.
And there you have it. It was Mr. Global Warming himself who first
tried to kill off the Kyoto Protocol.
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