Speaker Pelosi is in the news again — this time, she is in Greenland with other members of Congress looking at climate change. If you haven’t noticed already, more and more people and reports are switching to the term “climate change” from “global warming.” This term is much more flexible and useful; whether temperatures go up or down, they can thus claim to have predicted it. Using the “climate change” method, I predict that stocks will go up and down over time. I like to call it “stock change.” Of course, I have to wonder who promised people that stocks and the climate would never change during their lifetimes.

But that’s not what caught my eye. I was reading a news article reporting Speaker Pelosi’s trip to Greenland when I noticed an error. See if you can spot the error in the following two paragraphs:

Her trip comes ahead of next week’s Group of Eight summit and a climate change meeting next month involving the leading industrialized nations and during a time of increased debate over what should succeed the Kyoto Protocol, a 1997 international treaty that caps the amount of carbon dioxide that can be emitted from power plants and factories in industrialized countries. It expires in 2012.

President Bush rejected that accord, saying it would harm the U.S. economy and unfair excludes developing countries like China and India from its obligations. Pelosi, who strongly disagrees with that decision and many other of Bush’s environmental policies, said Friday she said she wants to work with the administration rather than provoke it.

Based on what I read here, President Bush rejected the Kyoto Protocol. But that is completely and utterly wrong! I have to wonder whether the reporter, Geir Moulson, was too lazy to actually research the facts, or if he just sought to beat on President Bush for political brownie points. So, lazy or lying? It’s a tough call.

Here’s the facts: the U.S. is a signatory of the Kyoto Protocol, but even though the Protocol was signed, it does not take effect until ratified by the Senate. In 1997, the Senate voted 95-0 on a resolution not to ratify the Kyoto Protocol. Pray tell, Geir, what was President Bush’s role in rejecting the Kyoto Protocol in 1997? Here’s a hint: President Bush took office in 2001.

While President Bush is not a fan of the Kyoto Protocol, that is not the same as saying he “rejected that accord.” The Kyoto Protocol was rejected more than 40 months before President Bush even took office. So I must repeat my question: is Geir guilty of being too lazy to research the facts, or was it a deliberate attempt to mislead?

Lazy or lying? It’s your call.

UPDATE (5/29/2007 12:12:52 PM): Hehe. I see that Ed Morrissey of Captain’s Quarters spotted this same reporting error earlier today.

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