In 2012, the much touted Kyoto Protocol, negotiated 10 years ago, will expire. Kyoto did not cover deforestation in 1997…Now deforestation is one of the biggest producers of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere…Each year tropical forests covering an area equal to the size of New York state are destroyed. The carbon dioxide that these trees would have absorbed amounts to 20% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions - - or the same size as the total U.S. emissions…One suggestion by the Bush Administration is to pay developing countries to avoid deforestation. So, we can pay for logs or pay for letting trees clean up the air.