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China on Tuesday urged all parties bound by the Kyoto Protocol to earnestly fulfill their commitment to the treaty, and criticized some developed countries' attempts to sideline or even abandon the existing protocol.
"It was obvious that some developed countries have tried to shirk from their responsibilities to cut emissions as they pushed to replace the Kyoto Protocol with a new agreement," said Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu at a regular news briefing.
The United States (U.S.), although a signatory to the Kyoto Protocol, has neither ratified nor withdrawn from the Protocol. The signature alone is merely symbolic, as the Kyoto Protocol is non-binding on the United States unless ratified.
The US has a federal objective to reduce its GHG intensity level by 18% on 2002 levels by 2012 (Stern, 2007, p. 456). States have their own policies to cut emissions, including California, and states in the North-East and mid-Atlantic.
The North-East and Mid-Atlantic States are adhering to the new RGGI (Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative) policy.
BEIJING — China has revealed its most ambitious measure of what explosive development has done to its environment, saying Tuesday its first national pollution census has mapped nearly 6 million sources of industrial, residential and agricultural waste.
The world's largest polluter also said its pollution levels might peak sooner than expected as China tries to balance economic and green concerns. (1)
China should be looking in their own back yard for the real global polluters
India and China, which have ratified the Kyoto protocol, are not obligated to reduce greenhouse gas production at the moment as they are developing countries; i.e. they weren't seen as the main culprits for emissions during the period of industrialization thought to be the cause for the global warming of today. This is a little odd given that China is about to overtake the USA in emissions, but take into account the major differences in population and that much of the production in these countries is fueled by demand from the West and influence from the West on their own culture. As a result of this loophole, the West has effectively outsourced much of its carbon emissions to China and India.
What ever happened to that dream, and the promises the ratifying hero countries made to the world? They died, and the promises were broken.
Why China resurfaces today with complaints about the US and the west not being fully committed to the Accords is puzzling. The only thought is that Obama and the Dems are going to try to pass some version of a Senate bill on Cap and Trade this next week and China is hoping for this to happen.