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Bill Clinton's Startling Admission On Kyoto

- November 17, 2015

Despite Supporting Kyoto Publicly, And Hillary Clinton's Attacks On Republicans For The Opposition, Bill Clinton Admits America Lacked The Infrastructure To Implement It

Clinton Reflected On The Kyoto Protocol Stating That, "Even If We Passed Kyoto, The Truth Is We Didn't Have The Infrastructure Everywhere To Know How To Do It." Clinton reflected on the Kyoto Protocol, which set mandatory cuts in carbon dioxide emissions for the countries that signed on. While the former president signed the agreement while he was in the White House, it failed to find enough votes in the U.S. Senate. 'Even if we passed Kyoto, the truth is we didn't have the infrastructure everywhere to know how to do it,' he told Devex, explaining that those countries that succeeded, like Germany, figured out how to 'make sure there were more winners than losers economically.'" (Catherine Cheney, "Bill Clinton To COP21: Make Sure You Have More Winners Than Losers," DevEx, 11/17/15)

Clinton Has Attacked The Bush Administration Over Rejecting The Kyoto Protocol

In 2007 Clinton Attacked President Bush For Rejecting The Kyoto Protocol When He Assumed Office. CLINTON: "President Bush's failed unilateral climate policy is a part of his failed unilateral foreign policy. One of the worst messages President Bush sent when he took office was to reject the Kyoto Protocol completely."(Press Release, "Hillary Clinton's Statement On The United Nations Climate Change Conference In Bali," Hillary For President, 12/7/07)

In 2007 Clinton Called President Bush's Pulling Out Of Kyoto A "Mistake." CLINTON: "One last point about this because literally I could talk for the rest of this web chat. You know, when President Bush pulled out of Kyoto, I thought that was a mistake." (Remarks, Let The Conversation Begin Webcast, Hillary For President , 1/22/07)

In 2001 Clinton Said She Was "Disappointed That The (Bush) Administration Repudiated" Kyoto. MR. RYAN: "Given your concern about the environment, do you think the United States should adhere to the Kyoto treaty?" SEN. CLINTON: "Well, I was disappointed that the administration repudiated the treaty." (Sen. Hillary Clinton, National Press Club Luncheon, Washington, DC, 7/19/01)


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