Looks at the failure of the United States to support the reduction of the burning of fossil fuels, the largest cause of global warming.
# 146326 | 2,090 words | 7 sources | APA | 2010 |
Published on Dec 25, 2010 in Environmental Studies (Economics and Policy) , Environmental Studies (Air Pollution) , Environmental Studies (Environmental Problems) , Hot Topics (Global Warming)
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This paper explains that many countries are concerned about the United States because, as one of the largest contributors of greenhouse gases (GHGs), which comes from the power plants burning cheap coal, it has done little to control this serious environmental problem. Next, the author underscores that the United States refused to sign the Kyoto Protocol, which would require all of the developed countries to reduce their emissions of GHGs. Even with increased voluntary reductions, the amount of GHGs produced in the U.S., continues to grow steadily. The paper relates the history of U.S. legislation during the Bush years and of the limited success of environmental litigation.
From the Paper:"For the first time in that report, the Administration had to acknowledge the belief that the higher levels of carbon dioxide that are coming from human sources is honestly the most likely reason that global warming has been on the rise since 1950. However, the Bush Administration also stated that it was not going to change the approach that it was using through which it chose to delay any actions that would be mandatory and would reduce the GHGs. This would be the case, the Administration determined, until the research and evidence regarding global warming and its causes and consequences was more conclusive."
Sample of Sources Used:
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