Above: Map showing nations and their positions on the Kyoto Protocol, courtesy of Wikipedia
(Toledo, OH) An editorial by the New Yorker's Elizabeth Kolbert has been gnawing at me for several weeks, and I urge you to give it a few minutes of your time. Kolbert builds a strong case that we are approaching a point in which humans not only affect the global climate, but in which we may not be able to reverse the effects of such changes.
The US and Australia are the only major nations who have yet to ratify the Kyoto Protocol, an international agreement to limit global production of greenhouse gases (note: the US is a signatory, but has not officially ratified the protocol; Australia refused to sign).
Opponents fret about the possible effects on economic growth and employment. President Bush also argued that the agreement gave unfair advantge to China and other developing nations.
Failure to act, though, may have profound consequences for future generations, and I believe that the US needs to take the lead in environmental protection. Ratifying the Kyoto Protocol is an important step in protecting the global environment, and the Bush administration needs to join the near-unanimous world chorus on this issue.