What is global warming? Scientists have discovered that concentrations of minor greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, particularly carbon dioxide are rising.
Theoretically, these gases could trap more heat in the atmosphere, leading to a gradual warming of the Earth’s atmosphere. And, again theoretically, global warming could be harmful to the environment and to human health.
The treaty, called the Kyoto Protocol, would require the U.S. to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions primarily carbon dioxide, methane, and nitrous oxide to 7 percent below 1990 levels by the year 2012.
The Kyoto Protocol does not become effective unless approved by the U.S. Senate. However, Vice President Al Gore and other spokespersons for the Clinton Administration has said they will attempt to implement the treaty even if the Senate does not approve it.
Why should you care?
Reducing greenhouse gas emissions by the amount demanded by the Kyoto Protocol would require new taxes...