Kyoto Gets a Slap in the Face from Canada

Ha, this is beyond belief. From Canada??

Much to the surprise of most Canadians and the world community, Canada is reneging on its international commitments under the 1997 Kyoto Protocol, which could weaken an international agreement to fight climate change after Kyoto expires in 2012.

I wonder what could possibly have happened in Canada that led to such a change? It seems the people of Canada are in favor of vigorous action against climate change.

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, elected early this year, and the new environment minister, Rona Ambrose, have dismissed Canada’s Kyoto commitments for reducing greenhouse gases as impossible to achieve.

They have also cancelled a five-million-dollar pledge to help least developed countries adapt to the impacts of climate change and have withdrawn Canada’s participation and funding of the Kyoto Clean Development Mechanism (CDM).

Impossible to achieve…? You mean without offending the business sector, which just like in the U.S., refuses to believe that investing in preventing the worst calamities of climate change is actually in their best interest.

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