From: News.com.au: US rejects talks on Kyoto
December 8, 2004
THE US resisted calls for talks on the Kyoto Protocol at an international climate change conference today. Delegates at the UN-sponsored meeting lamented the refusal by the US to ratify the treaty aimed at reducing greenhouse gases.
US President George W. Bush's administration has refused to ratify the treaty.
French Ecology Minister Serge Lepeltier said it was a matter of time before the US rejoined the Kyoto Protocol. Mr Lepeltier, speaking on France-Inter radio, said that the Protocol would become an irresistible force. "I am convinced that we are going to bring the United States into Kyoto, even if it doesn't want to," he said.
US emits 36% of world's CO2 but contains 20% of the worlds' GDP. It makes since to me that we produce more than anyone.
The Kyoto agreement as it is, offers no refutable evidence as to why this is such a problem and why we must sacrifice further unemployment and further dwindling of the US economy by signing an agreement that offers nothing in return.
Originally posted by Horus_Re
Ok,maybe it was 95-0 in 97',but this is 2005,7 years later and scince ...
Originally posted by Majic
But I do know this for a fact: Anyone who claims that "global warming" has been proven is a liar and a fool. It has not been proven, and demanding radical action on the basis of assumptions and innuendo is meritless and irresponsible.
Originally posted by Majic
[But I do know this for a fact: Anyone who claims that "global warming" has been proven is a liar and a fool. It has not been proven, and demanding radical action on the basis of assumptions and innuendo is meritless and irresponsible.
Denying Ignorance requires promoting facts instead of baseless propaganda.
POWERFUL evidence for global warming has been discovered by scientists funded by the US Government, demolishing the chief argument of sceptics who deny that the phenomenon is real.
A new analysis of satellite data has revealed that temperatures in a critical part of the atmosphere are rising much faster than previously thought, strengthening the scientific consensus that the world is warming at an unnatural rate.
The discovery resolves one of the most contentious anomalies in climate science, which has often been invoked by the Bush Administration to question whether man-made global warming is happening.
While it is generally accepted that surface temperatures are increasing by an average of 0.17C (0.31F) per decade, satellites have been unable to detect a parallel trend in the troposphere — the lowest level of the atmosphere, extending 7.5 miles above the ground, in which most weather occurs.
Nov 13, 2004 — Politicians in the nation's capital have been reluctant to set limits on the carbon dioxide pollution that is expected to warm the planet by 4 to 7 degrees Fahrenheit during the next century, citing uncertainty about the severity of the threat. But that uncertainty may have shrunk somewhat with the release last week of two scientific reports suggesting that global warming is not just a hypothetical possibility, but a real phenomenon that has already started transforming especially sensitive parts of the globe.
Overall, the reports say, Earth's climate has warmed by about 1 degree Fahrenheit since 1900. In the Arctic, where a number of processes amplify the warming effects of carbon dioxide, most regions have experienced a temperature rise of 4 to 7 degrees in the last 50 years.
That warmth has reduced the amount of snow that falls every winter, melted away mountain glaciers and shrunk the Arctic Ocean's summer sea ice cover to its smallest extent in millennia, according to satellite measurements. Swaths of Alaskan permafrost are thawing into soggy bogs, and trees are moving northward at the expense of the tundra that rings the Arctic Ocean.
These changes seriously threaten animals such as polar bears, which live and hunt on the sea ice. The bears have already suffered a 15 percent decrease in their number of offspring and a similar decline in weight over the past 25 years. If the Arctic sea ice disappears altogether during the summer months, as some researchers expect it will by the end of the century, polar bears have little chance of survival.
Originally posted by Koka
The US may be one of the chief contributors, but even if they did agree, whats the chances of enforcing it across the globe, I believe we've gone way beyond the point of return and the only winner in this will be Mother Nature, unfortunately she will be scarred.
Originally posted by cryptorsa1001
Koka, I guess I should expect to get flamed just because I asked not to be flamed.