The United States and the Kyoto Protocol
United States suggest an alternative to the Kyoto Protocol
Today, the United States accounts for 1/4 of the world's greenhouse gas emissions. Despite voluntary climate change policies emissions are still growing 1,5% each year. Nevertheless, in 2001 the US together with some other countries decided to retreat from the Kyoto Protocol for greenhouse gas emission reductions. The reason that was given for this retreat was that developing countries were not involved in the Kyoto Protocol. It is stated that greenhouse gas emissions in developing countries will increase in the coming decades. According to some critics more than half of the world's greenhouse gas emissions will come from developing countries by 2025.
The US has now made a pact with several Asian countries called the Asian Pacific Partnership on Clean Development and Climate. Participants want to implement an alternative strategy to tackle climate change. This is a technological operation to make fossil fuels cleaner by introducing clean coal and nuclear power. It also promotes the application and introduction of carbon sinks to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. Unlike Kyoto, it does not focus on emission reduction in a certain target year. The alternative to Kyoto now involves the US, Australia, China, Japan, India and South-Korea.