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EXCLUSIVE!October 25, 1999
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UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)  Fifth Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 5) 
Report by Eagle Forum Correspondent Cathie Adams.

BONN, GERMANY, October 25, 1999 -- As a Texan, let me explain to outsiders that it is rude to ask a Texas rancher how many cattle he owns or how many acres are on his ranch. When the United Nations asks, then, how many cattle a rancher owns because they want to figure how much methane gas they produce, it's beyond insult; it's outrageous! The UN is worried that cattle produce one of the "global warming" gases: methane.

Delegates from 150 countries are meeting to negotiate the implementation "rules" for the UN Kyoto Protocol in Bonn, Germany through November 5. They are considering a "rule" that would force Texas ranchers to declare how many cattle they own and what they feed them in order to estimate how much "global warming gas" they produce!

Consider the same "rule" in India where cows are considered "sacred." The cows are not owned and no one knows what they eat. Since the number of cows in India is unknown, it would be impossible to determine how much methane gas they expel.

Methane gas is only one of the six "greenhouse gases" that delegates from 150 countries are trying to define the "rules" by which the U.S. is to meet her target to reduce greenhouse gases by 7% below 1990 levels by 2008-2012. The delegates are also to determine what the "consequences" will be if the U.S. fails to comply with that target. It is conceivable that in the near future the UN will "rule" that global citizens become vegetarians in order to reduce methane gas levels!

Yesterday, I attended a workshop of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the body charged with producing the science that proves the globe is warming. They have yet to produce a glossary! Regardless, they claimed they "will scope the uncertainty" of global warming and present ways to "manage these uncertainties," adding that "justice must be done and be seen to be done."

The bottom line is that this "global warming" treaty presents the ultimate government control mechanism. If they can create "rules" about how much methane gas cows can produce, then imagine the extent to which they will try to press their unscientific agenda to create "rules" for every American industry from automobile manufacturers to widget makers.

During this UN conference, delegates are also to define and measure "sinks," nature's own air cleaners that take in the "global warming" gases-trees for example. How many trees will the UN busybodies require a Texas rancher to plant in order to offset his cattle's methane gas production? The situation would be funny if the UN was not dead serious!

It may be a good thing, however, that the UN wants to tangle with Texas farmers and ranchers because they know how to handle hot air producers. They simply tell them they are "all hat and no cattle!" Too bad the White House can't handle such a simple task.