The US has been a steadfast rejecter of environmental protection advocacy often abusing "enjoyment" and freedom of choice enshrined in its Constitution as means to thwart efforts to control consumption and energy usage. The Republican Party of the US is most notorious for its refusal to accept environmental protection on its agenda. Supported by big businesses dealing with energy, automobile, and alcohol and cigarette manufacturers, the part has even commissioned studies that have provided innovative arguments to counter global warming alerts from scientists. US Administration officials have also used the loss of jobs as "unintended consequences" if the US adopted more environmentally friendly measures. Energy secretary Samuel Bodman has refused to adopt mandatory reductions in energy usage citing "concerns" within the government "that the imposition of a carbon cap" will "lead to transfer of jobs and industry" to other countries. Bodman says that not only will the US lose the jobs but the emission controls in the other nations will be worse and affect the environment even more.
This was the argument used by President George Bush to reject the Kyoto Protocol in 2001 that required the 35 industruial nations to cut their global-warming gases by five per cent on average below the 1990 levels by 2012. At that time, Bush said that it cannot adopt this treaty because it would result in the loss of five million jobs. With democrats controlling the Congress and the Senate, about half dozen new bills have been introduced but will certainly get the Presidential veto even if it survives both houses.
For its part, India is cagey about joining a global effort to curb greenhouse gases because it is worried that such measures could seriously affect its economic growth. More than 40 per cent of the nation is under the poverty line and two-thirds of the population are supposed to work in the agriculture sector but are essentially unemployed. Indian policy makers see globalization, industrialization, and increased consumption as means of generating employment for large parts of population and such plans will be compromised if it reduced consumption of fossil fuels and not supplying its industry with energy.
Other than its internal considerations, India is also worried about external compulsions. Firstly, it is worried about being left behind the next wave of development by making an ideological choice. Secondly, it is worried about being crushed economically by an aggressive China. Thirdly, it is worried of environment being used as a stick by developed nations just as they have with other social issues.
As a predominant agricultural state, it is in India' interest to control emission of global warming gases, adopting sustainable development practices, and instituting policies that better manage its environment. Over a long period of time, changing weather patterns increasing desertification and reduced rainfall can hurt more of its population for a longer period of time than a slower growth.