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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Canada to withdraw from Kyoto Protocol - something that has been expected for a long time

I saw this news today. My first impression is disappointment. Then I realized that this is not unexpected. Self-interest will always supersede common sense. This has been going on since the dawn of history and every nation values self-interest above everything else. 

Developed nations always want to control the initiative for everything but when it comes to hard decisions which would mean a larger sacrifice on their part, they will run away. Canada decided to go on this path, I bet America and Europe will follow soon.


BBC News: Canada will formally withdraw from the Kyoto Protocol on climate change, the minister of the environment has said.

Peter Kent said the protocol "does not represent a way forward for Canada" and the country would face crippling fines for failing to meet its targets.

The move, which is legal and was expected, makes it the first nation to pull out of the global treaty.

The protocol, initially adopted in Kyoto, Japan, in 1997, is aimed at fighting global warming.

"Kyoto, for Canada, is in the past, and as such we are invoking our legal right to withdraw from Kyoto," Mr Kent said in Toronto.


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