You need to ask the government that, had the USA signed Kyoto China would not be able to keep the smoke stacks going everywhere. They are in the evolution of change right now, but the fossil fuel lobby plays a powerful part with government. The longer it's left for developing countries to keep a no holds barred on emissions the more pain for the USA and the rest of the West later. The country that does it first will have the economic advantage. China will do it as well, they get the same weather the US does, they are under water right now.<quoted text>
But what's the difference in CO2 that goes up a smokestack in China and CO2 that goes up a smokestack in the USA? Why do we have to pay the price and China reap the benefits of cheap electricity from coal? It looks like Obama is shutting down our coal fired power plants just to send a message, a message that the Chinese are just going to smile, nod, and ignore.
The more extreme weather that happens in the coming years the quicker the policies will change. It's just a pity it had to come to that. We knew the answers long ago. If the UN has the balls to make the decision on emissions then rogue states that don't want to comply will not be traded with simple as that. That's the easy answer.