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What kind of things are in the Kyoto Protocol?

Asked by ahro0703 (365points) July 24th, 2014

The climate change problems are being a serious problem to us and our environment. We have made the Kyoto Protocol, but do you know anything about them?

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snowberry's avatar

Nope, never heard of it. How about a link or two?

Espiritus_Corvus's avatar

Well, there are a lot of nouns and a lot of verbs, and even some adjectives.

Here, read it for yourself. It’s only 18 pages long and simply written, broken up into 27 clearly written articles.

Here are the objections, concerns and justification for the US refusal to sign the protocol, authored by the US State Department.

Both of these documents are downloadable Pdfs.

Espiritus_Corvus's avatar

^^ Edit.

Oops. It turns out that the US did sign the protocol, but never ratified it.

“The United States signed the Protocol on November 12, 1998. However, the
Clinton Administration did not submit the Protocol to the Senate for advice and
consent, acknowledging that one condition outlined by S.Res. 98, passed in mid-1997
— meaningful participation by developing countries in binding commitments
limiting greenhouse gases — had not been met. In late March 2001, the Bush
Administration rejected the Kyoto Protocol. The United States continues to attend
the annual conferences of the parties (COPs) to the UNFCCC, but does not
participate in Kyoto Protocol-related negotiations. In February, 2002, President Bush
announced a U.S. policy for climate change that will rely on domestic, voluntary
actions to reduce the “greenhouse gas intensity” (ratio of emissions to economic
output) of the U.S. economy by 18% over the next 10 years.”

~ Page 2, Paragraph 3, Global Climate Change: The Kyoto Protocol (2004 Update), Library of Congress Congressional Research Service Report, Susan R. Fletcher, Specialist in Environmental Policy Resources, Science, and Industry Division, United States Department of State.

rojo's avatar

No, @Espiritus_Corvus of course we didn’t. That would make too much sense.

snowberry's avatar

Well thanks @Espiritus_Corvus for the history lesson. You really dug deep.

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