Whopper of the Week: Tom Daschle

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Aug. 17 2001 4:49 PM

Whopper of the Week: Tom Daschle

"Two weeks ago in Bonn, Japan showed the world the benefit of being in the game, emerging from an historic 100-nation climate change accord as a hero and as a leader. In the final agreement, Japan won significant concessions and left with their national interest strengthened in exchange for joining the international process.

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"By contrast, our delegates were literally booed out of Bonn. On six separate occasions, in just six months, the administration has demonstrated a willingness to walk away from agreements that were embraced by many of our closest friends and allies and broadly supported by the international community: the Kyoto Protocol [etc.]. ... Instead of asserting our leadership, we are abdicating it. Instead of shaping international agreements to serve our interests, we have removed ourselves from a position to shape them at all."

--Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, in an Aug. 9 speechdenouncing the Bush administration's unilateralist foreign policy. 

"Resolved, That it is the sense of the Senate that-- (1) the United States should not be a signatory to any protocol to, or other agreement regarding, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change of 1992, at negotiations in Kyoto in December 1997, or thereafter, which would--

(A) mandate new commitments to limit or reduce greenhouse gas emissionsfor the Annex I Parties, unless the protocol or other agreement also mandates new specific scheduled commitments to limit or reduce greenhouse gas emissions for Developing Country Parties within thesame compliance period,
or
(B) would result in serious harm to the economy of theUnited States. ..."

--Senate Resolution 98, to which Daschle voted "yea"on July 25, 1997.

(Thanks to multiple readers.)

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Whopper Archive:

Aug 10, 2001: Robert Mueller

Aug. 3, 2001: Barbara Olson

July 27, 2001: Jeffrey Archer

July 20, 2001: George W. Bush

July 13, 2001: George W. Bush

July 6, 2001: Sumner Redstone

June 29, 2001: David Brock

June 22, 2001: Edmund Morris

June 15, 2001: George W. Bush

June 8, 2001: Nepali Prince Regent (subsequently, King) Gyanendra

June 1, 2001: Mary McGrory

May 25, 2001: Ari Fleischer

May 18, 2001: York, Pa., Mayor Charles Robertson

May 11, 2001: Ted Olson

May 4, 2001: Rear Admiral Craig Quigley

April 27, 2001: Ben Affleck

April 20, 2001: South Carolina state legislator Chip Limehouse

April 13, 2001: Gray Davis

April 6, 2001: Sumner Redstone

March 30, 2001: Spencer Abraham

March 23, 2001: George W. Bush, Rep. Jennifer Dunn, and/or the Treasury Department

March 16, 2001: George W. Bush

March 9, 2001: Russ Freyman, spokesman, National Association of Manufacturers

March 2, 2001: Paul O'Neill

Feb. 23, 2001: Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton

Feb. 16, 2001: Oscar spokesman John Pavlik

Feb. 9, 2001: Lynne Cheney

Feb. 2, 2001: Bobby Thomson

Jan. 26, 2001: Denise Rich

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