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Tue Nov 27, 2012, 04:33 PM

Canada, the surprise 'pariah' of the Kyoto protocol



Canada, the surprise 'pariah' of the Kyoto protocol
Some Canadians doubt whether their country should have any say in negotiating the second Kyoto protocol after it became the only nation to reject the first one

Isabeau Doucet in Montreal
guardian.co.uk, Monday 26 November 2012


Of all the delegations in the room in Doha, the Canadians adopt the lowest profile. Some question whether they should be there at all: The country's first and only Green party MP, Elizabeth May, said: "Having Canada in the room negotiating to weaken the second Kyoto, when we have already signalled that not only will we not be participating in taking on new targets in the second period but we're legally withdrawn from the protocol, should make us pariahs."

"I can't imagine how anybody would want us in the room."

Canada's current greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are 23% over the country's Kyoto protocol target, and federal government estimates place Canada 28.8% over the target by 2014. Canada is the only country to have repudiated Kyoto, the sole legally binding international policy tool to date to deal with the emissions, and ranks just behind the US and Australia in the table of worst global emitters per capita.

This is because of Canada's size, its cold climate and its resource-based economy, especially the energy-intensive, carbon-emissions-heavy oil boiled from large swaths of bitumen know as the Alberta tar sands. ...............(more)

The complete piece is at: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/nov/26/canada-kyoto



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Response to marmar (Original post)

Tue Nov 27, 2012, 05:04 PM

1. The easy solution is to just ship raw bitumen to the US for processing

 

Then the world will be whole again, right?

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Response to NoOneMan (Reply #1)

Tue Nov 27, 2012, 05:17 PM

3. Can we just ship our prime minister there instead?

Maybe Vic Toews while we're at it?

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Response to marmar (Original post)

Tue Nov 27, 2012, 05:08 PM

2. Well, you wouldn't want Canada their also because their PM is scum...

Nice to know they can elect asshats, too!

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Response to joeybee12 (Reply #2)

Tue Nov 27, 2012, 05:17 PM

4. Assuming we actually did this time, given how sketchy the last general election was.. (nt)

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