Cloth diapers do not have weird chemicals for absorbency against the baby's skin. Who knows how all this works out in the end. I don't know what kind of impact the chemicals in disposables could have on my baby's skin. However, I am glad that I don't have to worry about anything in case there is some scary affect that chemicals in disposables have on my baby. He is just sitting in plush cloth diaper comfort:)
One thing to add is an article on the environmental impact of cloth diapers vs. disposables. You can read it here: http://allaboutclothdiapers.com/cloth-diapers-and-water-usage/ The main point is that it takes a lot of resources to actually manufacture a ton of disposables.