The Russian Parliament has approved the ratification of the Kyoto Protocol, bringing the global warming treaty into force and leaving the United States, the world's largest emitter of global warming pollution, in the dust. It's high time the Bush administration stop listening to Exxon-funded front groups and rejoin the Kyoto process. Find out more and view records, acquired through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), documenting six meetings in 2001 between the Bush Administration and key corporate interests discussing opposition to the Kyoto Protocol.
Demonstration in support of the Kyoto Protocol.
Why the Hold Up?
Read the FOIA documents.
ExxonMobil and its cronies in Washington have tried to sabotage the Protocol since its inception.
"ExxonMobil is now out in the cold as the rest of the world moves forward to start tackling global warming, the greatest threat to civilization the world has ever seen," said Kert Davies, Greenpeace Research Director.
Visit exxonsecrets.org to find out who is likely to be grumbling about Russia's ratification and who their corporate contacts are.
(Hit LAUNCH and SKIP INTRO to go straight to the map of Kyoto intrigue.)
Moving Ahead Without Us
With approval, the Kyoto Protocol will enter into force and become international law, a decision likely to happen within a few weeks. The Protocol must be ratified by no less than 55 countries accounting for at least 55 percent of global emissions in 1990, so Russia could finally tip the scale.
The United States and Australia have not yet ratified the treaty, but they are definitely in the minority on this one - as of July 29 2004, 124 countries have ratified.