Don’t look now, but the United Nations has its sights on your back
yard. No longer content to regulate our population, automobiles, air,
water and parks, the global Gestapo now wants to regulate that little
plot of earth covered by the grass you mow and the trees that shade your
lawn chairs.

Grass, trees and other forms of vegetation absorb the carbon dioxide,
which is the primary target for emissions reductions required by the
Kyoto Protocol, the new global warming treaty which was ratified 18
months ago in Japan.

Delegates from 150 nations gathered in Bonn, Germany on May 31, to
put their global heads together for two weeks to, among other things,
figure out how to maximize carbon storage in vegetation. One of the
prime objectives of these U.N. delegates is to minimize land use

What if you want to remove some of that grass or your garden area to
put in a swimming pool, garage or a parking area? Don’t even think
about it. If the members of the green extreme get their way you won’t
be living there long, anyway. They want to herd what’s left of the
human race after population control into high-rise apartments in order
to achieve what is known as “sustainable development.” Don’t buy that
second car and put away those pool toys! Haven’t you heard of urban
? It’s one of Al Gore’s latest issues.

By the way, your grass and trees in U.N. vernacular are “carbon
sinks” and, as such, are covered in Article 2, Section ii of the Kyoto
Protocol. The 38 developed nations are required to monitor, measure,
and report land use changes, and the effect such changes may have on
total carbon dioxide emissions. The 137 underdeveloped nations, such as
China, Mexico and Korea, aren’t required to do much of anything, which
is why the United States Senate put the Clinton Administration on notice
that this treaty would not be ratified.

Prior to this meeting, all nations were asked to submit a written
“communication” on how to comply with this provision. Interestingly,
our country was one of the few that dutifully responded, and our
response was quite telling: “The United States believes that the Kyoto
Protocol represents an important achievement and framework for action to
control greenhouse gas emissions.”

The administration has no plans to appeal to the Senate to ratify
this treaty, but is moving toward policies required by the Protocol,
just the same. The recent tightening of the clean air standards and
the new ecosystem management policy restricting land use are good
examples of how this treaty already is affecting our lives. At this
point, your backyard is safe. However, if your elected representatives
continue to appropriate the funds for these global gatherings and turn a
blind eye toward the mischief making that is being done under the guise
of combating global warming, you may own your grass and trees, but the
United Nations will control them.

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