Chris Dodd: (Addressing Climate Change at Foreign Relations Hearing, January 28, 2009) Global action is urgently needed to limit greenhouse gas emissions and reduce our dependence on fossil fuels in order to prevent serious environmental damage, economic turmoil and increased global conflict over resources. However, such an effort is impossible without the full support and cooperation of the United States. With only 4 percent of the world's population but responsible for nearly a quarter of all greenhouse gas emissions, the United States has a moral responsibility to lead. Nevertheless, in spite of this urgency, the Bush Administration did not. Indeed, for all the treaty's flaws, it was shameful that the Bush Administration abandoned the Kyoto Protocol. It is high time the United States once again become a leader in addressing the grave threat of climate change. For eight long years, sound science has been ignored, good policy has been ridiculed, and the U.S. relegated itself to the back bench.