Unformatted text preview: Reflections on Kyoto (Op-Ed Piece Syndicated by the LA Times, 12/12/97) Richard S. Lindzen Forty years ago, when weather modification was popular speculation in meteorology, the Soviet Union realized that climate was always changing while our ability to modify it was minimal at best. It, therefore, reached an agreement with the US never to use climate modification as a tool of war, thus preventing people from mistaking the inevitable droughts, floods, heat waves and cold spells for acts of war. The agreement displayed an unusual and admirable appreciation for nature and concern for mankind. The graceless machinations at Kyoto over the past 10 days have illustrated how far both have deteriorated since. The negotiations present an unseemly picture of diplomats desperate for some treaty at any cost, industrial interests asking that any treaty, however bad, be applied to the developing world, and environmental advocates insisting dishonestly and absurdly that all scientists agree with the most lurid...
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