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Kyoto Protocol Analysis

Japan, Canada, Russia, the U.S., Australia, Japan, and other nations remain opposed to ratifying the Protocol for a variety of different reasons. The U. S. is seen as the leader among many nations that have not ratified the Protocol. If they do not view the U. S. as a leader, then they are fearful that if they ratify the Protocol without U. S. support they will face economic consequences. This is particularly true in the case of the Canadian government. Prime Minister Jean Chretien has been a major supporter of the Protocol. However, his enthusiasm often over-vaults his underlying reservations. He told an economic forecasting institute representative that “It will be economic suicide if Canada ratifies Kyoto without the U. S. And there must be some people in the government who understand that” (Politics 2).

Chretien is not alone with respect to economic worries with regard to the Kyoto Protocol. Other nations worry about the authority of the Kyoto regime in respect to trade. The Kyoto Protocol calls for sustainable development with development being put in check based on environmental needs. This worries many nations who are in favor of free trade on the global level and wish to aggressively pursue development. The European Union was concerned with authority in such matters. For years the World Trade Organization (WTO) has been the leading authority on trade and development issues on an international scale. While the EU won many concessions at Marrakech, it is behind environmental issues. Still, the EU is worried about the impact of a ratified Protocol on economic matters, “The EU wants to clarify how agreements like the Kyoto accord on global warming relate to the WTO, and whose rules would take precedence in case of conflict?” (Politics 1). Such brakes on development may harm economic development in many countries which is one reason why China is opposed to the Protocol for the time being. In a statement m...

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