As opponents of the ill-conceived Kyoto Protocol, we are apparently part of the "ostrich caucus" referred to in the Jan. 9 editorial decrying the "reckless inactions" of Congress on climate change.

Contrary to the assertion of your editorial, several members of Congress introduced bipartisan bills last year to address how government and private industry can work together in a responsible manner to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in ways not tied to the Kyoto treaty.

We disagree with your claim that "reckless inaction . . . is the costliest of all options." Reckless action by the administration would be costly and binding on the United States for generations.

Proponents of the Kyoto treaty routinely fail to acknowledge the nonsense of a global treaty that leaves out three-fourths of the world's nations. These exempted nations include the very countries that will soon be among the world's largest emitters of greenhouse gases: China, India, South Korea, Mexico, Brazil and others. Without the inclusion of binding commitments from these nations, this treaty would never be effective at reducing global emissions of man-made greenhouse gases and would serve only to seriously undermine America's economic growth.

--Chuck Hagel

and Frank Murkowski

The writers are, respectively,

a Republican senator from

Nebraska and

a Republican senator

from Alaska.