‘Bo­gus’ re­port

The Washington Times Weekly - - National -

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.”

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