When the Kyoto Protocol termination date of the 31st December 2012 passed without any valid amendment, I thought it was a fairly simple and obvious fact that the commitment had ended. That didn’t preclude a later amendment, but legally there was no Kyoto Commitment to reduce CO2.
But I had not appreciated the ability of government to lie and convince the media that black is white. And I hadn’t realised how the media are either gullible in the extreme and swallow this kind of nonsense, or that they are complicit in the lie.
So, I have to admit, that for anyone who has not read the treaty and did not follow what actually happened it would have appeared that the official statements that there had been an agreement to continue Kyoto meant that it had not ended.
But finally I have been vindicated! The press were lied to. The public were lied to. For, in what appears to be a translation of Pravda I read in the article “Most recent intrigues of Kyoto Protocol”
“The Kyoto Protocol has become that document in the international politics that world leaders prefer not to think about. The issue is particularly painful for the U.S., China and India. Will there be an extension of the protocol, or are the interested players wasting their time? This question was raised in “Point of View” project by Doctor of Technical Sciences Igor Ostretsov.
Igor, it seems that the Kyoto Protocol, an important international instrument on the emission of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere has been forgotten. Why has it happened?
“It’s true. After all, what is the history of the Kyoto Protocol? It appeared in the mid-1990s, Russia ratified it only in 2005, and even then with difficulty. In 2012 it has expired. Then there were several meetings on its extension. As far as I know, only one thing has been agreed upon – to create the final version of the protocol by 2015 so that it is ready to operate in 2020.
I doubt this will be anything more than a personal victory.