The Kyoto Protocol is unfair to the United States

Many Americans believe that President Bush acted wisely in keeping this country out of Kyoto. To begin with, the treaty does nothing to regulate emissions from developing countries. China is of particular concern because its government has adopted a "growth at any cost" policy that has serious environmental consequences. Mark Lynas explains:

A fifth of the country's native biodiversity is now endangered. Three--quarters of its lakes are polluted by agricultural or industrial run-off, whilst the Yellow River is depleted and virtually toxic along much of its lower reaches. Almost all China's coastal waters are polluted by sewage, farm pesticides and oil spills, causing on average 90 poisonous red tides per year. Approximately 15,000 square kilometres of grasslands are annually degraded by overgrazing and drought. Acid rain falls on a quarter of its cities. Three out of four urban residents breathe air which falls below minimum health standards.3

Perhaps worst of all, China burns huge amounts of coal and uses cheap, high-polluting technology to burn it. Reliance on coal is a major reason why China is already the world's number two greenhouse gas emitter and could overtake the United States in the near future. Additionally, requiring U.S. manufacturers to use clean-fuel technology makes it all the more difficult to compete with cheap imported goods from China.

In addition, Kyoto's emissions targets unfairly favor Europe. Christopher Horner observes that the treaty allowed Europe to create a collective "bubble" under which most countries could take advantage of previous reductions made by Britain and Germany—which happened before Kyoto and were completely unrelated to the treaty. During the 1980s, British prime minister

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  • poppy labingi
    Why is kyoto protocol unfair to us?
    6 years ago

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