Canada will be the first country to withdraw from the Kyoto protocol on climate change, according to an announcement made last month. This deals a symbolic blow to the already troubled global treaty. Environment Minister Peter Kent broke the news on his return from talks in Durban. Countries had agreed there to extend Kyoto for five years and work out a new agreement forcing all big polluters for the first time to limit greenhouse gas emissions.
Canada, a major energy producer, which critics complain is becoming a climate renegade, has long complained Kyoto is unworkable precisely because it excludes so many significant emitters. Canada’s former government signed on to Kyoto, which dictated a cut in emissions to 6 percent below 1990 levels by 2012. By 2009, Canada’s emissions were 17 percent above the 1990 levels, in part because of the expanding tar sands development.
Source: Claims Journal
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