Canada Drops Kyoto Accord
Treaty won't work without US and China: minister
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 12, 2011 5:43 PM CST
A Canadian Flag flies over Parliament Hill in Ottawa Friday, Feb. 15, 2008. It is the 43rd anniversary of the creation of the Canadian flag.   (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Tom Hanson)

(Newser) – Canada's environment minister said today his country is pulling out of the Kyoto Protocol on climate change. Peter Kent said that Canada is invoking its legal right to withdraw and said Kyoto doesn't represent the way forward for Canada or the world. Canada, joined by Japan and Russia, said last year it will not accept new Kyoto commitments, but renouncing the accord is another setback to the treaty concluded with much fanfare in 1997. No nation has formally renounced the protocol until now.

"The Kyoto Protocol does not cover the world's largest two emitters, United States and China, and therefore cannot work," Kent said. "It's now clear that Kyoto is not the path forward to a global solution to climate change. If anything it's an impediment." Kent's announcement comes a day after marathon climate talks wrapped up in the South African port city of Durban. Negotiators from nearly 200 countries agreed on a deal that sets the world on a path to sign a new climate treaty by 2015 to replace the Kyoto Protocol, which expires at the end of next year.

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Dec 13, 2011 6:46 PM CST
BRAVO BRAVO !! Many hands clapping !! Celebrate Common Sense !!
Dec 13, 2011 5:38 PM CST
It's all bullshit anyway.
Dec 13, 2011 12:44 AM CST
Canada owes its prosperity to largesse of free security provided by the US and to free industries provided also by the US. Had there not been an autopact wherein US gave away a proportionate chunk of its auto industry, Canada would not have had any. Same goes for electronics, software, telecom, broadcasting, oil and the list goes on. The only thing Canada was good at was moral leadership as long as US was there to pick up the costs. Prime Minister Pearson won the Nobel prize for his role in helping form the UN. Its army specialized in peace keeping missions. It was very active in Kyoto and played a leadership role in banning ozone causing agents and banning of mines. With abandoning Kyoto, Canada has abandoned all pretenses to morality and assumed its rightful place as a US protectorate.