- 1 decade agoFavorite Answer
The United States (U.S.), although a signatory to the protocol, has neither ratified nor withdrawn from the protocol. The signature alone is symbolic, as the protocol is non-binding over the United States unless ratified. The United States is as of 2005 the largest single emitter of carbon dioxide from the burning of fossil fuels.
On July 25, 1997, before the Kyoto Protocol was finalized (although it had been fully negotiated, and a penultimate draft was finished), the U.S. Senate unanimously passed by a 95–0 vote the Byrd-Hagel Resolution, which stated the sense of the Senate was that the United States should not be a signatory to any protocol that did not include binding targets and timetables for developing as well as industrialized nations or "would result in serious harm to the economy of the United States".
The current US President, has indicated that he does not intend to submit the treaty for ratification, not because he does not support the Kyoto principles, but because of the exemption granted to China (the world's second largest emitter of carbon dioxide. He also opposes the treaty because of the strain he believes the treaty would put on the economy; he emphasizes the uncertainties which he asserts are present in the climate change issue.
- 1 decade ago
The US and Australia stand alone as the only two industrialized countries that refuse to sign the treaty. Yes, the Kyoto Protocol is not perfect, but it represents a first step. If we refuse to sign because of economic concerns what kind of example do we offer to the rest of the world, particularly since the US is responsible for the creation of 25% of greenhouse gas emissions? Lastly, if we use economics as the reason why and thus take no action just wait and see what happens to the planet in the upcoming decades. Too bad those of us who are willing to sacrifice something in order to live in a environmentally sensitive way can't choose between two worlds- those who think global warming is a hoax can live in world 1 and those who wish to take action live in world 2, but each must suffer the consequences of their decision and there's no going back.
- lemanskiLv 43 years ago
not basically is the so-called Kyoto Treaty severe priced and unfair to the U.S., besides the indisputable fact that that is likewise ineffective in keeping off a feared global warming. Scientists all agree that at superb it may cut decrease back the calculated temperature upward push in 2050 with the help of a trifling one-10th of a level
- HoldenLv 51 decade ago
We did sign it. The Senate did not ratify it.
The U.S. Senate voted 95–0 for the Byrd-Hagel Resolution which stated the sense of the Senate was that the United States should not ratify any protocol that did not include binding targets and timetables for developing as well as industrialized nations or would result in serious harm to the economy of the United States.
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- michinoku2001Lv 71 decade ago
Because buying carbon credits from Russia will do absolutely nothing to reduce greenhouse gases.
- Anonymous1 decade ago
Cuz it's an economy-killer and won't do a damned thing to improve the environment.
- Anonymous1 decade ago
he's just a puppet now .....