May 2, 2007

MORE BOGUS KYOTO HISTORY FROM REUTERS: “President George W. Bush pulled the United States out of Kyoto in 2001, arguing it would cost U.S. jobs and that it wrongly excluded 2012 goals for poorer nations such as China.”

Er, no. The U.S. refused to ratify Kyoto under President Clinton. We’ve been over this before. It’s all spelled out in Wikipedia, even. Really, if Reuters can’t get simple things like this right, why should we trust them for actual news?

UPDATE: The Anchoress is unhappy, with Bush:

I’m starting to get really pissed off with the Bush Administration for their inability or disinterest in fighting their own battles. We should not have to be doing this over and over, setting the record straight again and again. The WH needed to get out in front of this stupid narrative right away, instead of letting it settle in like kudzu.

I’ve commented on the Bush Administration’s curious passivity before.

ANOTHER UPDATE: On the other hand, here’s an argument that, since Kyoto is rapidly losing its luster, Bush is being smart by letting Reuters give him credit for abandoning it, true or not. . . .

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