After UN Conference, Urge US to Set Climate Example

Barack Obama

Target: Obama Administration

Goal: Enforce and promote U.S. policies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions

After the 2012 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Doha, Qatar, the Kyoto Protocol, an international treaty to reduce greenhouse gases, has been extended until 2020. The treaty has been labeled as “weak” with its commitment to a 15 percent decrease in global greenhouse gases by 2020. However, some largely populated countries such as Japan, Russia, New Zealand, Canada and the United States have either decided not to ratify the eight-year extension or have never ratified the treaty whatsoever. Call on the U.S. to set its own climate standards and follow through on them.

There have been a lot of mixed opinions over the years about whether the U.S. should have ratified the treaty since its creation in 1997, especially since it was the only developed country that didn’t ratify it. Those who argued against it said it would be bad for the economy, the workforce, and that the plan as a whole would be ineffective due to its allowance of developing countries to increase their emissions. On the other hand, many argued for the U.S. to ratify the treaty, saying that it needs to take responsibility as it has one of the highest rates of greenhouse gas emissions per capita, and that the treaty would lose effectiveness without one of the biggest greenhouse giants committing to the plan.

Though the U.S. never ratified the Kyoto Protocol, it still needs to make a serious commitment to its greenhouse gas reduction. With President Obama elected for a second term, it is more crucial than ever to push him to make his promises a reality.  Under Obama’s administration, several long-term plans have been created to reduce emissions, including new fuel economy standards requiring automakers to attain a fleet-wide fuel economy average of 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025, and a Clean Energy Standard requiring 80 percent of the nation’s electricity to come from low-carbon or zero-carbon sources by 2035.

Needless to say, the U.S. has ambitious goals for itself despite its unwillingness to ratify an international treaty. However, with results so far in the future, it’s easy to pledge something and have it get pushed back. Not only do we need to push for these plans to stay on track, but to implement plans that we can achieve now. We need to see results. By signing this petition you are urging the U.S. government to see that it commits to its energy plans.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Obama Administration.

The U.S. has decided not to ratify the Kyoto Protocol, which some may see as a disregard to the commitment to reduce global greenhouse gases. Over the course of many years, the U.S. has accumulated a reputation for being a destructive force to the environment. Much of this reputation is deserved, given that the U.S. has one of the highest rates of greenhouse gas emissions per capita. However, it’s time to show the world that we care, and that we are committed to turning it around.

Set an example to the rest of the world . Let them know that the U.S. is not only dedicated to reducing its emissions, but plans to fully enforce all of its energy plans. Ensure that goals are completed by or before their scheduled timelines. In addition, we need to see some policies that can have results accomplished now, rather than ten years in the future. We need to start seeing results.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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