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Ding, Dong, Kyoto’s Dead?

Robert Novak reports on a very under-reported story: Russia’s apparent refusal to ratify the Kyoto Protocol. In recent remarks, Putin has been dismissive of global warming hype — ”Russia is a northern country, so if it warms up two or three degrees, it’s not terrible” — and his leading science adviser is clearly against the agreement — ”All the scientific evidence seems to support the same general conclusions, that the Kyoto Protocol is overly expensive, ineffective and based on bad science.” Without Russia, Kyoto cannot take effect. It appears the Bush Administration’s leadership against this flawed agreement, once derided as unilaterlaism, is bearing fruit.

Jonathan H. Adler — Mr. Adler is an NRO contributing editor and the inaugural Johan Verheij Memorial Professor of Law at Case Western Reserve University School of Law. His latest book is Marijuana Federalism: Uncle Sam and Mary Jane.

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