An Associated Press story Jan. 15 about the United Arab Emirates proclaimed: “When it comes to squandering the earth’s natural resources, residents of this desert land [. . .] are on a par with even the ravenous consumption of Americans, according to the World Wildlife Fund.”
The AP report then said: “The United States is no longer bound by Kyoto, which the Bush administration rejected after taking office in 2001,” referring to the multinational accord on combatting global warming.
“Bogus,” says University of Tennessee law professor Glenn Reynolds on his blog (www.instapundit.com), citing the online reference source Wikipedia.com: “On July 25, 1997, before the Kyoto Protocol was finalized (although it had been fully negotiated, and a penultimate draft was finished), the U.S. Senate unanimously passed by a 95–0 vote the ByrdHagel Resolution (S. Res. 98), which stated the sense of the Senate was that the United States should not be a signatory to any protocol that did not include binding targets and timetables for developing as well as industrialized nations or ‘would result in serious harm to the economy of the United States.’ ”
Mr. Reynolds adds: “Once again, a Web page by unpaid amateurs is more accurate and nuanced than an effort by the Associated Press.”