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Kyoto in Force


The United Nations global warming treaty known as the Kyoto Protocol enters into force today. The United States, while still a party to it, has not ratified Kyoto and so is not bound by its commitments. As it happens, many of the countries that have ratified Kyoto seem to not be bound by it either, as they are failing to meet their emission targets (see, e.g., here). Today’s Post reports “With the United States on the sidelines, the Kyoto treaty could end up as ineffectual as the post-World War I League of Nations.” One can only hope.