The Kyoto Protocol was adopted December 1997 by over 160 nations to reduce the amount of greenhouse gases emitted by member nations, <http://www.eia.doe.gov/oiaf/kyoto/kyotobrf.html>. The Protocol calls for each member nation to reduce its greenhouse gases by an average of 5%, calling the US to reduce its emissions by 7%. The three gases most detrimental to the environment, carbon dioxide, methane, and nitrous oxide, are specifically targeted under the Protocol, <http://ec.europa.eu/environment/climat/kyoto.htm>. Theoretically, this unified international action to reduce greenhouse emissions would be greatly beneficial to the suffering environment. However, for large industrial nations such as the US, the suggested percent reduction would take drastic measures to achieve. For example, according to the Energy Information Administration, energy consumers will need to receive between 2- 12% of their energy from natural gas.
However, natural gas is not everlasting, and if we continue to use it in such abundance, the earth's supply will quickly be depleted. Furthermore, tapping into our natural resources can threaten wildlife habitats and nature refuges. The scarcity of natural gas, in correlation with our high demand for it, leads to drastic and immoral action. Take, for example, the oil drilling that takes place in Alaska wildlife refuges. President Bush is in full support of the drilling, since it would benefit the American people, <http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2005/04/0421_050421_alaskadrilling.html>. Nevertheless, threatening our wildlife in order to preserve the lifespan of our atmosphere is rather hypocritical; therefore, America should cease its drilling in wildlife refuges and work to find other efficient sources of energy that are environment- friendly.