Agence France-Presse

This Gallic outfit makes Reuters and AP seem pillars of rectitude – here’s an example.

AFP on the Kyoto Protocol:

The United States, the world’s number one greenhouse gas emitter, signed Kyoto but abandoned it in 2001, one of the first decisions in office by President George W. Bush.

It seems that, unlike the French, the Americans just can’t be trusted to keep their word! Well, sort of:

The United States…, although a signatory to the Kyoto Protocol, has neither ratified nor withdrawn from the Protocol. The signature alone is symbolic, as the Kyoto Protocol is non-binding on the United States unless ratified.

Possibly AFP’s confusion is caused by the fact that democracies like the US require treaties to be ratified by elected lawmakers before they come into force.


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