Politics in Climate Change

Although one might argue that having scientific evidence will change policies, that is false in the case of climate change. The Kyoto Protocol was an international treaty that commits states to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. President George H. W. Bush ted declared that he had no interest in being associated with Kyoto Protocol in any way. Vice President Al Gore approved the Kyoto Protocol for the United States, but the Senate turned him down. The United States saw the idea as dead, Bush was scared that the Kyoto Protocol would be exempted from the developing countries and eventually bring harm to the United States.

The United States of America resists international agreements on climate change because they were reluctant to be a part of a system that relied on other countries to do their part which could eventually fail and look bad on the United States. The United States would also be “bound in straight jackets.” Economically, the United States is also superior to other countries, the idea of being reliant and working with other countries that could ultimately bring down the economics of the United States was something that no one wanted to risk. The United States declared that they would work on ways to fix Climate change rather than having to be reporting to other countries and focus on deadlines. The idea of deciding on what protocols they will be siding with or not is determined and favored by different political parties in the US, whether international or domestic.

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