By Jon DykstraThe planet is warming up and so is the rhetoric. Is the Earth doomed if we don’t act now? Have we messed up our planet with all our CO2 emissions? Are we the cause of global warming… or not? One side of the debate would like us to believe there is no debate at all. Former US vice president Al Gore put it this way in his movie An Inconvenient Truth:
By Doug Schouten, November 2002It seems like global bureaucracy was in vogue this past century. Following suit with its fashionable counterparts, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC) adopted the Kyoto Protocol (Kyoto) in 1997. Kyoto imposes emissions regulations on all the signing countries with the aim of reducing, by 2012, the so-called “greenhouse gas” emissions to pre-1990 levels. Kyoto also creates a number of new international bodies to oversee its implementation. Now, rather than just relaying some concerns about Kyoto, perhaps a brief outline of global warming trends and the method with which Kyoto seeks to combat these trends is first in order here.