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    Hagel speaks on treaty
■ 1 he international pact
might prove dangerous to
U.S. interests, he said.
By Brad Davis
Assignment Reporter
Economic disaster and loss of
U.S. sovereignty could be the results
of signing an international treaty
dealing with global climate, U.S.
Sen. Chuck Hagel told UNL stu
dents Wednesday.
Hagel said the passing of the
global warming treaty could have a
tremendous impact on the United
States. It would be one of the most
critical decisions the U.S. Senate
would make this year, he said.
He was speaking to international
law classes at the University of
l ne treaty could mandate cer
tain reductions in greenhouse gas
emissions and place limits on cer
tain types of energy consumption.
Hagel said the biggest danger in
passing the treaty would be the loss
of national sovereignty regarding
global warming issues.
An international body would be
created with jurisdiction to say
which U.S. industries pose an envi
ronmental threat. That body would
also have the power to regulate those
industries, Hagel said.
“This would be the first time in
U.S. history that we would be sub
jecting ourselves to an international
law,” Hagel said. “It would change,
totally, the dynamics of who we are
as a people.”
The global climate change
treaty, which is scheduled to be
signed by a group of countries in
Kyto, Japan, in December, could
exclude “developing countries”
such as Mexico and China.
Hagel said the Byrd-Hagel reso
lution, which he co-authored with
Senator Bob Byrd (R-W.Va.), was
passed by the Senate and stipulates
that a provision for developing
countries oe eliminated trom tne
In 15 years, Hagel said, China,
which was labeled as a developing
country, would become the world’s
leading producer of greenhouse
gases, which are believed to cause
global warming. Currently, the
United States leads the world in the
emission of greenhouse gases.
Hagel said China and the other
countries labeled as developing
should not be exempt from the new
environmental standards.
“Within 15 years, more than 60
percent of the gases will come from
the 130 undeveloped countries,”
Hagel said.
The resolution also stipulates
the treaty must not cause economic
harm to the United States, which
Hagel said was a great concern.
Hagel said he had seen econom
ic models created by several differ
ent organizations that forecast “eco
nomic disaster” if the treaty were
11 we decided that (the global
climate change treaty) is important,
then we’ll have to deal with the eco
nomics of it.”
Although Hagel may support
government intervention with glob
al-warming policies if necessary, he
also said a “balance between gov
ernment intervention and the mar
ket” would have to be forged.
Coal mines in the United
Kingdom provide an exampleof the
market taking care of environmental
issues without government inter
vention, Hagel said.
Hagel said former British Prime
Minister Maragret Thatcher made
an economic decision to close the
polluting coal mines in Britain
because other forms of energy were
cheaper. This decision subsequently
decreased many concerns regarding
greenhouse gases in Britain.
Market forces in the United
States wfll’aCt the same way, Hagel
said. Industries will seek cleaner,
cheaper forms of energy without
prodding from the government, thus
reducing pollution - and environ
mental concerns.
Because of the possible political
and economic consequences, Hagel
said members of the Senate wanted
to explore all aspects of the global
warming issue before the treaty was
formally presented to them.
'"Hagel said there were few times
in history when senators did not
wait until the protocol (or treaty)
was brought to them before they dis
cussed it.
With this treaty, Hagel said, the
Senate had exercised its role as an
adviser by researching and examin
ing the treaty before the final copy
had actually been written.
“The Senate plays an active role
in shaping the protocol, itself,” he
Hagel said the Senate was exam
ining the scientific evidence regard
ing global warming, which he said
was complicated and contradictory.
The senate would have to deter
mine “how big of a problem” global
warming was before making any
decisions, he said.
Another treaty Hagel said the
senate was discussing dealt with
land mines, which he said had
become a popular topic since
Princess Diana’s death in August.
One of her biggest political priori
ties was eliminating land mines
Hagel said the United States was
doing the most of any country in the
effort to eradicate land mines, with
a budget of $80 million this year.
Hagel was the co-author of a bill
that allows the United States to con
tinue using land mines in Korea
indefinitely, although he said the
land mines used in Korea were not
intended to hurt people. The U.S.
land mines in Korea were used as
“anti-tank” mines, he said.
“The object is not, signing
treaties, the object is getting rid oF
land mines,” Hagel said. “It’s impor
tant that we all come together (in a
bipartisan effort) and do it right.”
Floats build enthusiasm
By Kim Sweet
Staff Reporter
Leaves rustle, cheers emanate
from nearby pep rallies and the
smoke from freshly lit fireplace
logs fills the air.
But in Lincoln, autumn not
only brings cooler weather and
homespun sounds, it also brings
Homecoming Week. And during
the University of Nebraska
Lincoln’s Homecoming Week, the
squeals of saws, the hammering of
nails and the raising of wooden
platforms are equally prevalent.
Throughout the week, the yards
of greek houses and residence
halls are littered with building
supplies and busy bodies con
structing homecoming lawn dis
plays.The project brings together
all greek and residence hall stu
dents to plan and carry out each
aspect of the float.
Everything from the frame
work to the artwork requires the
dedication of a diverse group of
people and majors, said Shane
Miller, a junior construction man
agement major and member of
Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity.
During the early stages of con
struction, wood, chicken wire and
tissue paper lay scattered across
the lawns as wooden pillars and
Herbie Huskers slowly begin to
take shape. “Pillars of Strength” is
this year’s theme for homecoming
; decor.
Massive lumber frames stretch
from one side of the lawns to the
other. Sigma Phi Epsilon began
putting frames on top of each
other, creating a two-story orna
ment. The group is counting on the
size to win the contest.
“We usually win because ours
is always the biggest,” Miller said.
Some are counting on original
ity rather than size to pull them
through the competition.
Matt Faulkner, a freshman
math major who lives in Neihardt
Residence Hall, used his creativity
to create a three-dimensional
design that allows viewers to see a
picture of Coach Tom Osborne
from one position and a Husker
helmet from the other.
“We probably won’t be able to
beat the ‘houses’ that are being
built by the fraternities, but we
might have a chance at taking the
residence hall crown,” Faulkner
Some groups had entire frames
constructed by Tuesday evening,
while others had just begun to haul
wood onto the lawns.
Many groups work all day and
late into the night. Some houses
planned to spend as many as 40
hours over five days to complete
the projects. Two or three greek
chapters were involved with each
float, Jeremy Carrell, a junior con
struction management major and
member of Alpha Tau Omega
Fraternity, said.
Some houses pulled all-night
vigils to keep watch over the mon
uments that were in progress. Tents
were set up on the platforms, and
mattresses were pulled out on
lawns while the members sipped
on hot chocolate, struggling to
stay awake.
The motivation behind build
ing the displays is more than hav
ing the winning group’s name
blared across Memorial Stadium
during the homecoming game,
some said.
“The construction of it requires
that we all work together,” said
Garrett Luenenberg, a senior con
struction management major and
member of Alpha Tau Omega.
“It is a bonding experience.”
The students aren’t the only
ones, creating displays. The
Association of Students of the
University of Nebraska sponsored
an office display contest for facul
ty and other UNL staff to partici
pate in.
Although the final product was
not as large, staff went after the
competition with just as much
The office of the College of
Agriculture Sciences created a
Memorial Stadium complete with
HuskerVision, a press box and the
Herbie Husker mascot. Nebraska
players were represented by Pepsi
cans, and Coke cans represented \
the opposition.
The contest provided a way for
the staff to show its spirit.
“It brought our office together \
and was enjoyable,” said Deb
Dillow, a secretary in the College
of Agriculture Sciences.
The temples, mascots and pil
lars will see their glory for a few
days. After that, the fate of the dis- |
plays will be left up to those who
spent their precious hours con
structing them.
Some groups, like Sigma Phi j
Epsilon and Neihardt Hall, will j
contribute the wood to charities
like Habitat for Humanity; so the j
glory won’t end after one week- 1
Sorority to flip flapjacks
From Staff Reports
Delta Delta Delta Sorority will
be having its annual Flap Jack
Snack Attack pancake feed tonight.
Sponsored by Village Inn, the event
will be at the sorority house, 1601R
St., from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. All pro
ceeas go to cnuaren s cancer
All students, faculty and the
entire Lincoln community are invit
ed. Tickets are $2 in advance and $3
at the door. Tickets will be on sale at
the Nebraska Union today. For
information, call the Delta Delta
Delta house at 436-7063.
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