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Canada Is First Country To Pull Out Of Kyoto

From an outraged Reuters:

Canada first nation to pull out of Kyoto protocol

By David Ljunggren and Randall Palmer
December 13, 2011

OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canada on Monday became the first country to announce it would withdraw from the Kyoto protocol on climate change, dealing a symbolic blow to the already troubled global treaty.

Environment Minister Peter Kent broke the news on his return from talks in Durban, where countries agreed to extend Kyoto for five years and hammer out a new deal forcing all big polluters for the first time to limit greenhouse gas emissions.

How exactly are they going to do that? Oh, yeah, by demanding billions from these "big polluters." And that money goes where?

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

Sorry, but that is not the problem. The problem is that this is nothing but another way to redistribute money from so-called ‘wealthy nations’ to so-called ‘poor nations.’ It is another form of reparations, now that the guilt over colonialism has played out.

The right-of-center Conservative government of Prime Minister Stephen Harper, which has close ties to the energy sector, says Canada would be subject to penalties equivalent to C$14 billion ($13.6 billion) under the terms of the treaty for not cutting emissions by the required amount by 2012.

Gosh how wicked conservatives are. And how venal. Don’t they believe in social justice?

Canada should be proud to give $13.6 billion dollars a year to the UN for the crime of having a functioning economy.

"To meet the targets under Kyoto for 2012 would be the equivalent of either removing every car truck, all-terrain vehicle, tractor, ambulance, police car and vehicle off every kind of Canadian road," said Kent.

That is a small price to pay if it means some relative of a tinhorn dictator in some third world country can buy another Mercedes Benz.

Environmentalists quickly blasted Kent for his comments.

"It’s a national disgrace. Prime Minister Harper just spat in the faces of people around the world for whom climate change is increasingly a life and death issue," said Graham Saul of Climate Action Network Canada

Who are these people? We would like to meet them. We have a bridge we would like to unload.

The Conservatives took power in 2006 and quickly made clear they would not stick to Canada’s Kyoto commitments on the grounds it would cripple the economy and the energy sector.

Imagine fulfilling a campaign pledge like that. The outrage.

The announcement will do little to help Canada’s international reputation. Green groups awarded the country their Fossil of the Year award for its performance in Durban

Gosh, that must really sting. Maybe they should just pay the $13.6 billion dollars a year instead.

Canada’s former Liberal government signed up to Kyoto, which dictated a cut in emissions to 6 percent below 1990 levels by 2012. By 2009 emissions were 17 percent above the 1990 levels, in part because of [Canada’s] expanding tar sands development.

Kent said the Liberals should not have signed up to a treaty they had no intention of respecting

They do it all the time.

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