The Kyoto Treaty with endnotes and bibliography

Essay by drumnbassCollege, UndergraduateB, May 2008

download word file, 11 pages 3.0

The Kyoto Treaty is a challenge in which over 160 countries have to get together to discuss and decide on a plan of action to cut greenhouse gas emissions. Al Gore immediately puts a lot of blame on to the United States as soon as he gets to Kyoto, Japan, knowing that his words will not be heard by the U.S. people. Many of the developing countries feel that they should not have to abide by the treaty considering that most of the greenhouse gases have been coming from the already developed countries like the U.S. and Europe. China has already started to cut their emissions by shutting down useless and dangerous factories. Also, the forests in China tend to absorb much of the gases. Russia’s president could not decide if he liked what the treaty had to offer and would not take action after taking a lot of time to think about the treaty.

The U.S. economy would be hit ridiculously hard if the treaty was to be engaged. Many people in the U.S. would have to learn how to conserve energy and they would most likely be spending a lot more on the energy that would be used, which in turn would hurt low income families who do not have the means for such expense. Also the effects of the treaty would not be seen for about 75 to 100 years. Basically there is not a lot of scientific data that supports the fact that a treaty is even needed.

I. IntroductionThe Kyoto conference was a meeting of all of the countries to talk about and agree on a protocol for the global warming threat. Global warming is a theory that man-made greenhouse gases, mostly carbon dioxide, are dangerously heating up the planet and therefore the worlds political...