The New York Times reports that French President Jacque Chirac "has demanded that the United States sign both the Kyoto climate protocol and a future agreement that will take effect when the Kyoto accord runs out in 2012."
The article states that, "he warned that if the United States did not sign the agreements, a carbon tax across Europe on imports from nations that have not signed the Kyoto treaty could be imposed to try to force compliance. The European Union is the largest export market for American goods."
Were I in a position of authority, I would tell Mr. Chirac to try this. See what it would do. Europeans complain about the American hegemon, well what of Mr. Chirac in this instance? This kind of tax would represent an affront to global economicy policy.
We ought to defy this kind of heavy-handed tactic and never allow foreign nations have any sway over American policy. The Kyoto Protocol and treaties like it are little more than an effort for world socialists to undermine American economic interests and to cause a Luddite revolution. We ought to stand firm against any global powers that would seek to destroy our national autonomy.