Astute readers remember (better than the AP) that in 1997, the US Senate voted 95-0 to oppose any climate treaty that excluded China, India and other developing nations.

John Kerry was one of the 95. Now he’s in Bali:

Kerry gravely told the group that he was delighted to be in Bali at this “transformational moment.” He thanked the nations that persevered to push the Kyoto Protocol without the participation and leadership of the United States.

Kerry assured the audience that all of us are here because for the past 20 years, the world’s best scientists have gathered evidence showing that humanity is on a dangerous path. “There is no more serious issue than climate change,” said Kerry. Since the USCAN session was devoted to updating action to address climate change in the U.S., Kerry happily could describe the new Lieberman-Warner Climate bill which had just been reported out of the Senate’s Environment and Public Works Committee on December 5.

Let’s give Kerry the benefit of the doubt and interpret the Byrd-Hagel resolution, not as a rejection of Kyoto, but as an attempt to steer the negotiations.

Does anyone believe that China, which is due to bring some 400 new coal-fired generating plants online, would agree to Kyoto? A liberal might believe that, but not anyone with common sense.