The Kyoto Protocol and The Green Movement

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The Kyoto Protocol is an international agreement linked to the United Nations Framework Convention on climate change, which commits its parties by setting internationally binding emission reduction targets. Kyoto was seen only as the short-term costs of compliance, not the long-term planetary benefits. Under the Protocol, countries must meet their targets primarily through national measures. However, the Protocol also offers them an additional means to meet their targets by way of three market-based mechanisms.

International Emissions Trading: Greenhouse gas emissions are considered a new commodity. Parties with commitments under the Kyoto Protocol (Annex B Parties) have accepted targets for limiting or reducing emissions. These targets
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Within The United States the Clinton administration was silent and the Bush administration actively hostile towards the Kyoto Protocol. This was because, The Kyoto Protocol allowed China, India and other rapidly modernizing economies to use primarily carbon-spewing coal-fired power plants so they could hurtle into the 21st century with early 20th century power sources. The Kyoto Protocol recognized that developed countries are principally responsible for the current high levels of GHG emissions in the atmosphere as a result of more than 150 years of industrial activity. The Protocol placed a heavier burden on developed nations under the principle of "common but differentiated responsibilities." China then made a deliberate choice to lag the world in energy efficiency since it has been so eager to just have more energy. Al Gore soon made himself a spokesman for the Kyoto Protocol and a middleman to help diffuse the tension between The United States and China. He said “that neither the United States nor China should be allowed to blame the other, or anyone else, for the failure of each nation to do its part. Gore's nation has the practical responsibility to lead the way.” One day short of Kyoto's 10th anniversary (December 10th, 2007), Al Gore presented the correct three-word prescription: "We must act." Global agreements such as the Kyoto Protocol that limit, and start to reduce, carbon dioxide emissions are essential, and won't work without full American
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