(1) The Kyoto Protocol, even with full participation by every nation worldwide, seeks to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels. Stabilizing emissions by no means equals stabilizing atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse gases. Back in 1990, humans poured 6 billion tons of carbon each year into the atmosphere, and even if we could return to that level, greenhouse gas concentrations will still double in the middle of this century. Despite their good intentions and their endorsement of the Protocol,
(2) Even if the world could stabilize the emission of greenhouse gases to 1990 levels, there would still be an ongoing buildup of greenhouse gas concentrations. With the Kyoto Protocol, greenhouse gas concentrations will double this century. With no Kyoto, greenhouse gas concentrations will double this century, and the time of doubling has almost nothing to do with Kyoto and everything to do with economic development in China, India, Russia, and elsewhere. Scientists of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change have conceded that the planetary temperature and resulting climate system will never feel any detectable effect of
In simple terms, some aspiring national political leader must convince the American electorate to pay much higher prices for electricity and gasoline to keep our good standing in the United Nations. That leader must explain how the resulting economic suffering will result in no detectable impact on global climate, but a better relationship with diplomats at the United Nations.
The Clinton/Gore administration never attempted to ratify