Maybe this will convince you. I linked an article from the Daily Mail earlier that described the new, brutal "eco-taxes" that will wreak havoc on Britain's economy. It described the incredibly regressive taxation Britain is looking to adopt that will punish hell out of those least able to afford it. But there is more. So-called climate negotiators are salivating for a political change in Washington so they can impose even more harsh measures on the US. And they don't care who knows it.
NEW YORK – Delegates flying to Kenya next week for a global conference on climate are watching the turn of U.S. election seasons as much as the rise in temperatures in their effort to cool planetary warming.
Talks to extend the Kyoto Protocol's caps on greenhouse-gas emissions beyond 2012 have been marking time while governments try to draw the Bush administration, which rejects Kyoto, into the process. The Nov. 7 U.S. congressional elections may help their cause, but the diplomat presiding over the talks says 2008 will be the watershed.
"I would imagine it" — U.S. involvement — "would take place after the next presidential election," said Michael Zammit Cutajar of Malta.
A European climate campaigner also views it as a matter of time. "A new administration will have a different policy on the matter," said Matthias Duwe of the Belgium-based Climate Action Network Europe.
Prospective presidential candidates, including Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., and, D-N.Y., say federal action is needed to rein in emissions of carbon dioxide and other industrial, automotive and agricultural gases blamed by scientists for global warming.
McCain co-sponsors one Senate proposal to cap U.S. emissions, and a half-dozen similar bills have been introduced in the Senate. Individual states are taking action, meanwhile, led by California, where a month-old law mandates greenhouse-gas reductions expected to cut that state's emissions by 25 percent by 2020.
"There's a huge amount of change going on in Congress at this time, and in the states," said Manik Roy, who monitors Congress for the Pew Center on Global Climate Change, a Washington research group.
"The thinking is that John McCain has the inside track at this point to get the Republican nomination, and many people view climate change as McCain's signature issue."
A key player in climate diplomacy, the's environment commissioner Stavros Dimas, sees "a very important development" in changing attitudes among some U.S. businesses. Heavyweight companies — from Shell Oil to Wal-Mart — have endorsed mandatory emissions reductions.
But Dimas agreed U.S. mandates may have to await a new U.S. chief executive.
"I cannot understand whywill not do what his successor will most probably do, that is, introduce a U.S. cap for carbon," he said in a telephone interview from Brussels. "The earlier the United States moves to exercise leadership, together with us, the earlier we shall have beneficial results for the world and the U.S."
All those taxes are coming at you, brought by the internationalists. They expect cooperation from the Democrats and the John McCains. One more reason I have absolutely no intention of voting for John McCain. In fact, I plan to actively oppose him.