To the Editor:
I am astounded at Mark Rechtin's suggestion of hypocrisy on the part of the United States in not approving the Kyoto Protocol ("Is America's clean air being Shanghaied?" Nov. 28).
Approving it would have caused great economic harm to the U.S. economy and would have had little or no effect on atmospheric conditions that probably have no effect on world climate.
The hypocrisy is on the part of China, which approved the accord and has done little or nothing to reduce the crud spewed into the atmosphere by its industries.
Our country has spent countless billions of dollars to protect and preserve the planet, and I don't regret the expense one bit. I cannot, however, support a treaty that almost seems to have been written specifically to lower the American standard of living.
Climate change and the causes thereof are still not clear. Automotive News is hardly the place to debate the science involved, but as a professional number cruncher, I see plenty of flaws in the popular argument that carbon dioxide is an evil substance.