The U.S. was never an islotionist country where not only avoiding foreign politics, but also preventing trade with other countries as well. If that were the case than tobacco and cotton would have become irrelevant a long time ago, and if the U.S. were strict with imports, than no one would have traded with the U.S., now would they?
With all due respect, to say that the U.S. failing to sign the Kyoto Protocol is the result of the tsunamis is by far the most asinine thing I have ever heard. Please tell me you are aware that the Tsunamis were caused by underwater earthquakes in the Indian Ocean?
Also, the U.S. did sign the Kyoto Protocol, we just didn't ratify it. Now, had the U.S. also ratified it, it's not something that will have an effect over-night, wouldn't you say? This is something that takes years, and while the U.S. government as a whole has failed to do anything about it, that doesn't mean states haven't taken proper steps:
"As of January 18, 2007, eight Northeastern US states are involved in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), which is a state level emissions capping and trading program. It is believed that the state-level program will indirectly apply pressure on the federal government by demonstrating that reductions can be achieved without being a signatory of the Kyoto Protocol.
- Participating states: Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Massachusetts, and Maryland (these states represent over 46 million people).
- Observer states and regions: Pennsylvania, District of Columbia, Rhode Island.
On August 31, 2006, the California Legislature (representing over 33 million Californians) reached an agreement with Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to reduce the state's greenhouse-gas emissions, which rank at 12th-largest in the world, by 25% by the year 2020. This resulted in the Global Warming Solutions Act which effectively puts California in line with the Kyoto limitations, but at a date later than the 2008-2012 Kyoto commitment period.
As of December 4, 2007, 740 US cities in 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, representing over 76 million Americans support Kyoto after Mayor Greg Nickels of Seattle started a nationwide effort to get cities to agree to the protocol. On October 29, 2007, it was reported that Seattle met their target reduction in 2005, reducing their greenhouse gas emissions by 8 percent since 1990."
This is just one of many licenses for others to run their mouth on the U.S.
Again, I think you believe the U.S. never traded with other countries.