You might recall a few years ago that Western European governments were excoriating the U.S. and George W. Bush for not ratifying the Kyoto Protocol. (Never mind that the Senate had voted it down 99-0 during the Clinton administration; it’s still Bush’s fault!) Well, now Dan Seligman reports in Forbes that — it’s actually Europe’s fault:
And yet it appears that even western Europe is not reducing emissions. The Kyoto rules say that western Europe must get their emissions to a level 8% below those prevailing in 1990. But virtually all those countries–the only significant exception is Germany–are going in the wrong direction. The latest available data, covering emissions through 2003, tell us that in the years since the treaty was negotiated, carbon dioxide levels increased by 7% in France, 11% in Italy and 29% in Spain. The increase for western Europe as a whole was 5.4%.
After many years of European chatter about the monstrous evil perpetrated by George W. Bush in rejecting Kyoto, it is of possible interest that the increase in carbon emissions in the U.S. during those years was slightly lower (4.7%).