Canada is formally withdrawing from the Kyoto Protocol on climate change, abandoning the world’s only legally binding plan to tackle global warming. Harper himself disdains the Kyoto Protocol because it fails to include the world’s two largest greenhouse gas emitters – China and the United States.
The reasons the Harper government for this move is that it would be too expensive for Canada to cut emissions to the levels required. Environment Minister Peter Kent predicted other countries will follow Canada’s example and bail out.
Environments and opposition Mps rejected Mr. Kent’s arguments and charged Canada’s reputation has been damaged by its role in disrupting other countries’ efforts to approve a second phase of Kyoto.
Green Party leader, Elizabeth May, fought back tears as she reacted to the news. She said, « This is just not big, this is disastrous for Canada. I’m embarrassed to be represented by this government.
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