Canada Asserts Its Sanity on Global Warming: Pulls Out of Kyoto Protocol Sensing Its Failure
Whether it be embracing genetically modified technology or selling out its health regulating agencies to big pharma, Canada generally falls short of genuinely protecting its citizens from harm. However, in a polarizing revelation, the latest move from the Canadian government is a huge step forward in declaring its independence from internationally imposed carbon and environmental tax credits whose benefits are an illusion and designed to siphon more money into those who already hold most of the world's wealth.
One day after an update was agreed on, Canada has pulled out of the Kyoto protocol on global warming, saying the accord won't work.
The Canadian environment minister, Peter Kent, said Canada was invoking its legal right to withdraw. Kyoto did not represent the way forward for Canada or the world, he said.
Canada, Japan and Russia said last year they would not accept new Kyoto commitments, but Canada is the only country to repudiate it altogether.
The protocol, initially adopted in Kyoto, Japan, in 1997, is aimed at fighting global warming. Canada's previous Liberal government signed the accord but did little to implement it and current prime minister Stephen Harper's Conservative government never embraced it.
"The Kyoto protocol does not cover the world's largest two emitters, the 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 came a day after marathon climate talks wrapped up in the South African port city of Durban.
Under the protocol, which it has not yet ratified, the US is committed to cut its 1990 levels of greenhouse gas emissions by 7% by some time between 2008 and 2012.
Eileen Claussen, who was responsible for developing US policy on global warming said: "There will have to be enough progress at the Hague to keep the process alive in countries like the US, where it is barely alive.
"There's an astonishing number of people in the US, and not only in industry, who are convinced that the Kyoto Protocol will never work, and that the US will never ratify it."
She said she thought the protocol had been "invented backwards", because its drafters had set the emission reduction targets countries were expected to reach before settling the mechanisms for reaching them.
She said: "My hunch is that many countries won't reach their targets. It's very unlikely that the US will.
Prominent studies have found that for the United States, the likely costs of the Kyoto Protocol greatly exceed its likely benefits.
New Deal Same As The Old Deal
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 first Kyoto protocol, whose current provisions expire next year.
Durban's accord envisions a new treaty with binding targets for all countries to take effect in 2020.
Several governments worldwide have proposed convincing campaigns to convince their constituents
that carbon taxes will help create wealth.
Widely recognized carbon tax opponent Lord Monckton recently launched a campaign in Australia against the proposed carbon tax that he believes will bankrupt the country. Moncton's claims are cleary common sense since Australia is an island built on fossil fuels with an economy dependent on fossil fuels.
A carbon tax would impact almost every aspect of Americans’ lives, from higher gas prices, to soaring utility bills, to exorbitant excesses related to the “energy efficiency” of their homes. It would be enforced by an army of environmental regulators and green police poking their noses into the private affairs of citizens.
On the superficial layer of the political spectrum, Canada wants no part of
this. "[Withdrawing] allows us to continue to create jobs and growth in Canada," Kent said.
Canada had been expected to pull out and as a result faced international criticism at the Durban talks. Kent had said previously that signing Kyoto was one of the previous government's biggest blunders.
Kent said it would save Canada $14bn in penalties for not achieving its Kyoto targets. "To meet the targets under Kyoto for 2012 would be the equivalent of either removing every car, truck, ATV, tractor, ambulance, police car and vehicle of every kind from Canadian roads or closing down the entire farming and agriculture sector and cutting heat to every home, office, hospital, factory and building in Canada," Kent said.
Canada's Conservative government is reluctant to hurt Canada's booming oil sands sector, the country's fastest growing source of greenhouse gases. Canada has the world's third-largest oil reserves, more than 170bn barrels. Daily production of 1.5m barrels from the oil sands is expected to increase to 3.7mn in 2025. Only Saudi Arabia and Venezuela have more reserves. But the enormous amount of energy and water needed in the extraction process increases greenhouse gas emissions.
Kent said Canada produced "barely 2%" of global emissions. The previous Liberal government had signed on to Kyoto in 1997 without any intention of meeting its targets, he said. Kyoto originally covered countries generating less than 30% of global emissions and that had fallen to 13%. Canada wanted a fair agreement covering all nations.
Global warming has been debunked by literally hundreds of scientists. Solar scientist Piers Corbyn from Weatheraction, a company specialising in long range weather forecasting, has been telling global warming fraudsters all along that charged particles from the Sun are almost entirely responsible for what happens to global temperatures.
"World temperatures drive carbon dioxide levels and not the other way around," explains Corbyn. He also debunks the common assertion that global warming pseudoscientists make who claim that the reason for such weather extremes is due to global warming. "It is complete nonsense, its fiction, it comes from a cult ideology. There's no science in there and no science to back them up."
"They've fiddled the facts in order to justify a political attacks, carbon trading, extra taxation on the public," stated Corbyn.
"The antarctic has been cooling for the last 30 years. We are just past the peak of a world temperature rise and we are now falling and its going to carry on falling in general for the next 25 years," he concluded.
Marco Torres is a research specialist, writer and consumer advocate for healthy lifestyles. He holds degrees in Public Health and Environmental Science and is a professional speaker on topics such as disease prevention, environmental toxins and health policy.