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United States is the only developed nation that has not signed the
Basel Convention, a 1989 United Nations treaty intended to limit
the export of hazardous waste. Basel
Action Network is an international watchdog group that is
trying to enforce the Convention.
U.S. is the only developed nation that has not signed the Kyoto
Global Warming Accord. Previous U.S. administrations argued in
favor of the Accord.
declaring that the Taliban prisoners held at Guantanamo Bay were
"detainees" and not prisoners of war, the U.S. sought to circumvent
compliance with the Geneva Convention, which, among other things,
does not allow interrogation.
No permits to build a U.S. nuclear plants have
granted since 1975. The 1979 Three Mile Island
nuclear incident put a long-term chill on the industry.
Yet Dick Cheney has been calling for more nuclear power.
"If you're really serious about greenhouse
gases, one of the solutions to that problem is to
go back and let's take another look at nuclear
power, use that to generate electricity without
having any adverse consequences," Cheney said. No adverse
consequences?! Chernobyl? Yucca Mountain? Mobile Chernobyl?
(March 21, 2001, MSNBC's Hardball)
U.S. undermined international efforts at U.N. Conference on Arms
Trade. Said Newsday, " ... the Bush administration should not have
used its predictable opposition to the draft accord to pander to
the gun lobby. It was absurd for the U.S. representative at the
conference, John Bolton, to invoke the Second Amendment to justify
the administration's objections to the proposed treaty. Bolton,
undersecretary of state for arms control and international
security, said the United States `has a cultural tradition' of
using firearms responsibly and objects to restrictions on their
trade on constitutional grounds. That's arrogant nonsense - a
gratuitous and blatant appeal to the National Rifle Association."
("U.S. Panders to Gun Lobby on Small-Arms Treaty", July 11,
John Bolton, Undersecretary of State
for Arms Control and International Security, announced Friday that the US has officially
dropped its pledge not to use a nuclear weapon against a non-nuclear state ("US Drops
Pledge on Nukes", The Washington Times, 2/22/02).
Junking the chemical and biological weapons
treaty? An international conference on the Biological Weapons
Convention (BWC) was suspended on its last day, December
7, 2001, after the United States caused an uproar by proposing the
termination of the existing diplomatic process to strengthen
compliance with the treaty.
not sought to enforce the international ban on
abandoned the Anti-Ballistic
Missile Treaty, a treaty between the United States of America
and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics on the limitation of
Anti-Ballistic Missile Systems (May 26, 1972).
the Bush administration wants to end the moratorium on testing
nuclear weapons and junk the Comprehensive
Test Ban Treaty, according to which nations were prohibited
from carrying out any nuclear weapon test
U.S. refused to send a high level delegation to the Durban
conference on racism in 2001.