U.S. Should Put U.N. Climate Conferences on Ice

The Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is currently holding its 18th meeting in Doha, Qatar. The two-week conference ending on December 7 is intended to jump-start the stalled negotiations on a successor agreement to the Kyoto Protocol to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Midway through the meetings, it is clear that very little of substance will transpire, which has been the case for years.

The past four years have demonstrated conclusively that there is no international consensus for action. The U.S. should refuse to attend future U.N. conferences on climate change, call for a moratorium on future conferences unless there is a fundamental shift in position among key countries, and focus its efforts on alternative forums involving key countries. Further, the U.S. should prevent and remove unilateral attempts to address climate change that have adverse economic effects and no environmental benefit.

Talking in Circles

The U.N. has been the central forum for discussing climate change issues for more than two decades. The U.N. led the effort to create the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in 1988, which released its first report in 1990 and, unsurprisingly, confirmed the global warming theory and laid the foundation for an international agreement to address the issue. The 1992 Rio Earth Summit produced the UNFCCC, wherein countries pledged to consider actions to limit global temperature increases and cope with the resulting impact of climate change.

The high point of UNFCCC efforts was the adoption of the Kyoto Protocol in 1997, which established binding restrictions on greenhouse gas emissions in 37 industrialized countries, including principally the European Community, by an average of 5 percent against 1990 levels over the five-year period 2008–2012.

The U.S. is not a party to the Kyoto Protocol, and supporters of the pact point to this fact to justify its failure. In reality, even accepting all IPCC model assumptions, shortcomings of the agreement—particularly the exemption of major developing country sources of greenhouse gas emissions, loopholes, and other ruses that allow some developed countries to largely avoid emissions reductions—ensured that the Kyoto Protocol would do virtually nothing to reduce emissions and have no detectable impact on climate change.[1] The bottom line is that even with perfect compliance and U.S. participation, Kyoto would not significantly arrest projected global warming.

Read more at The Heritage Foundation. By Brett D. Schaefer and Nicolas Loris.


  1. Sen. Inhofe reported the biggest crisis identified at the last world conference was when they ran out of caviar. These people don't really plan on solving anything, they just want a paid vacation to exotic spots around the world at someone elses' expense.

  2. For 60 years I've been hearing the sky is falling from the climate people. The sky hasn't fallen yet and isn't going to. I remember in the 60's when they said within 10 years the US will be covered by Ice. Haven't seen that yet. I think they were off on their estimate. These environmentalist are so caught up in this non-sense that when challenged to explain what cause the first known Ice Age. They finally came up with this theory that it was the flagellants of the Dinosaurs that caused the Ice Age. Boy there must of been billions of dinosaurs farting up a storm to cause an Ice Age. God created the ecosystem don't you think he would've taken man into consideration we he created it. I especially don't agree that CO2 is bad. It's CO2 that allows plants to grow and create Oxygen for us to breath. The Earth heals itself and the climate will change whether we want it to or not.

    • You are right on, Dan. And, a related question: What caused the Warming Period around the year 1000? Wasn't fossil fuels or dinosaur farts. Might it have been some excess solar flares on the sun? How would Al Gore propose to control them? The problem with the Al Gores of the world is they don't believe in a God Who created the universe and Who is well able to keep it together until He chooses not to do so. Genesis 8:22 can enlighten those who will listen.

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