Recently, the New Economics Foundation of Britain proposed a tax be placed on U.S. imports to Europe. And the reason: America’s failure to sign onto the Kyoto treaty. Sterling Burnett of the National Center for Policy Analysis takes issue with this radical proposal: “Proposing trade sanctions over disagreements on global warming would be bad economic policy and bad environmental policy, well beyond the issue of global warming. This proposal would take scientific debate and a search for the truth hostage to international trade policy, opening the door to a Pandora’s box of protectionist legislation implement under the guise of environmental protection. Since the Kyoto Treaty would do nothing to prevent future climate change, this just proves what critics have been saying all along –- Kyoto is not about improving the environment, but rather about gaining comparative economic advantage.”

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