This paper provides a penetrating analysis of the Clinton Administration's pre-Kyoto proposal for imposing national limits on greenhouse gas emissions in the context of negotiations for an international agreement. The Administration's "U.S. Draft Protocol Framework" (17 January 1997), which suggests tradable permits and joint implementation are the favored policy vehicles to achieve emissions reductions, shows neglect of important issues. It has the potential to take us for a bumpy ride (with non-negligible implementation problems and potentially excessive abatement costs) in the wrong direction (toward short-run reductions in rich country emissions from fossil fuels). The subsequent Commentary continues the metaphor to discuss: How good are the climate road maps?, What road are we on?, and Can backseat drivers (scientists) help?