November 4, 1998
Update on Global Governance: The latest UN Conference
Report by Eagle Forum Correspondent Cathie Adams in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

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United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change
Fourth Session of the Conference of the Parties

November 2-13, 1998

"I want to emphasize that we cannot wait until the [Kyoto] treaty is negotiated and ratified to act [on global warming]," said President Clinton before the UN met in Kyoto last December.

Textbook publishers have heeded Mr. Clinton's plea. The textbook entitled Reading, Book I of the Kim Marshall Series (Educators Publishing Service, Cambridge and Toronto, copyrights 1998,1992, 1981) is supposed to teach reading comprehension. Instead, it teaches 9 and 10-year-olds about villagers in Japan dying or suffering horrible deformities because of mercury dumped in the ocean. The math textbooks, dubbed "Rain Forest Algebra," also teach scary environmental scenarios in lieu of math.

But scientific evidence does not support the extremist views promoted by politicians and textbook publishers. Scientists who promote such views utilize computer models that are so inept that the sun's impact on climate change cannot be factored in. They also admit that their models are in a "very rapid phase of evolution."

Evidence opposing the global warming dogma is bountiful. Climatologists report in the October 16, 1998 issue of Science magazine, that soil and vegetation in North America, about 20% of the world's vegetated land, absorbs annually as much carbon as is released into the atmosphere by North American sources. That is good news for the U.S., one of only 34 nations "legally bound" by the Treaty, if it should be ratified.

American industries and automobiles emit carbon dioxide (CO2) when they burn fossil fuels. It is the major "greenhouse gas" blamed for the supposed global warming. Natural sources that absorb the carbon, such as soil and vegetation, are called carbon "sinks." In the U.S., natural "sinks" are absorbing CO2 emissions. The climatologists in the Science magazine attribute the existence of the North American carbon "sinks" to four factors:

  1. regrowth of U.S. forests from previous logging and agriculture;

  2. an increased amount of nitrogen in the atmosphere due to industry and agriculture that eventually winds up fertilizing plants, thereby stimulating their growth;

  3. an increased rate of photosynthesis due to the higher concentration of CO2; and

  4. a longer growing season at higher latitudes, due to a slight warming.

Additional Reading
The Costs of Trading in the Global Economy
Global Goals: Bailouts, Bosnia, Lies, and Hot Air
Global Goals of the Clinton Administration
Will Treaties Rule America's Future?
During the ongoing UN meeting on the Kyoto Treaty in Buenos Aires, the U.S. should argue that their ability to absorb excess CO2 in their natural "sinks" offset their emissions. Therefore, the Kyoto Treaty should be scrapped and the annual follow-up meetings should be discontinued.