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Canada Becomes the First Country to Quit Kyoto

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Posted on Dec 13, 2011
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From its perch above one of the world’s biggest polluters, Canada’s conservative government decided it would be too expensive and pointless to meet its obligations to the Kyoto Protocol.

Neither the U.S. nor China, who provide much of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions, are signatories and the new climate agreement in Durban may have made it easier for Stephen Harper’s government to push the eject button.

BBC:

[Canada’s Minister of the Environment Peter Kent] said meeting Canada’s obligations under Kyoto would cost $13.6bn (10.3bn euros; £8.7bn): “That’s $1,600 from every Canadian family—that’s the Kyoto cost to Canadians, that was the legacy of an incompetent Liberal government”.
He said that despite this cost, greenhouse emissions would continue to rise as two of the world’s largest polluters—the US and China—were not covered by the Kyoto agreement.

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By Blueokie, December 13, 2011 at 7:53 pm Link to this comment

It would appear that the extraction cartel has completed its capture of Ottawa, or should we start calling it Houston du Nord.  Maybe this is just a clever ruse to increase tourism by advertising the New England fall colors in northern Quebec, and increasing resorts in the sunny beaches of Newfoundland and British Columbia.

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By John G, December 13, 2011 at 7:41 pm Link to this comment
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All of us bear responsibility, in one way or another and to some degree, for the sustainability of life on earth. The vast number of people who refuse to accept that responsibility are either greedy, arrogant, apathetic, ignorant, or powerless to change. We as individuals can make a small impact, but we depend on the decisions of those in power and leadership positions to cause major change. Over and over again during these conferences, I don’t see it happening. Humanity is probably doomed to miserable failure, and we will have brought it upon ourselves.

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By Pete Daggett, December 13, 2011 at 12:44 pm Link to this comment
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If you ever wondered if Canada was a leader or a follower you should add this bit of information to the equation.

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By Mark, December 13, 2011 at 9:42 am Link to this comment
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The Tar Sands make Canada a very big polluter too.

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