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Canada would lose credibility if it withdrew from Kyoto: briefing note ( PC Barf )
Rogers Media Inc. ^ | May 12, 2006 | DENNIS BUECKERT

Posted on 05/13/2006 7:26:47 AM PDT by george76

Canada would lose international credibility and the ability to influence future climate-change negotiations if it withdrew from the Kyoto Protocol, say briefing documents prepared for Foreign Affairs Minister Peter MacKay.

"Given the Kyoto Protocol's international profile . . . withdrawal from the Protocol would have important foreign policy implications," says the document, marked "secret."

The analysis could explain why the Conservative government has chosen to remain within the protocol despite having fought it while in opposition, and despite deeming its targets unrealistic.

"Canada would also have difficulty contributing effectively to consideration of possible future commitments by the developing countries, like China and India, who argue industrialized countries need to make emissions cuts first."

The briefing note says some Canadian businesses would oppose withdrawing from Kyoto because they want to participate in the international carbon-trading system being developed under the Kyoto framework.

The treaty allows companies and investors in richer countries to invest in and profit from cuts in emissions in poorer nations.

The World Bank reported this week that the global carbon market was worth $11 billion US in 2005.

-A federal report shows Canada's greenhouse gas emissions barely increased from 2003 to 2004, seemingly contradicting claims that emissions are rocketing out of control.

Total emissions rose to 758,000 kilotonnes in 2004 from 754,000 kilotonnes, an increase of less than one per cent.

(Excerpt) Read more at macleans.ca ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Canada; Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: cp; kyoto; kyotoprotocol; ottawa; protocol; secret; worldbank

1 posted on 05/13/2006 7:26:52 AM PDT by george76
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To: fanfan; The Mayor

"Ryan Sparrow, a spokesman for Environment Minister Rona Ambrose, played down the significance of the briefing notes."


2 posted on 05/13/2006 7:29:58 AM PDT by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: george76
Who would want to be credible with the international community? It seems to be run by thugs and Frenchmen.
3 posted on 05/13/2006 7:34:56 AM PDT by chesley (Republicans don't deserve to win, but America does not deserve the Dhimmicrats.)
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To: george76
This reminds me of a company that knows what it is doing wrong and will result in it's demise, but keeps up the practice anyway. i can not believe how PC even governments have gotten Thankfully we did not elect Al, earth in a lurch, Gore or that could be the USA.
4 posted on 05/13/2006 7:36:26 AM PDT by bronxboy
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To: chesley

This note was likely written by a liberal Canadian Frenchman for the old French to read.


5 posted on 05/13/2006 7:38:17 AM PDT by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: george76

Notice the word "target". It's just a goal. There is no mandatory....and they can buy "emissions" from other less developed countries.


6 posted on 05/13/2006 7:38:43 AM PDT by Sacajaweau (God Bless Our Troops!!)
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To: george76

Canada would GAIN credibility if it withdrew from Kyoto.


7 posted on 05/13/2006 7:39:01 AM PDT by olezip
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To: bronxboy; GMMAC

Hopefully the Environment Minister Rona Ambrose and this new Canadian government will ignore this note !


8 posted on 05/13/2006 7:40:29 AM PDT by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: george76

"Losing credibility" is a weak argument for continuing a bad policy. Let's continue doing something stupid, and keep our "credibility".


9 posted on 05/13/2006 7:53:50 AM PDT by popdonnelly
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To: george76
The World Bank reported this week that the global carbon market was worth $11 billion US in 2005.

For a market that didn't exist prior to Kyoto... that's pretty impressive for a non-existent market trading in stuff nobody wants, uses, or cares for. Heck, the carbon market is about "buying" the right to pollute... something that is free anyway if you live in one of the countries selling pollution credits.

Which only means that Kyoto was an elaborate Ponzi scheme to transfer money from one party to another, while appearing to gain something of value for the other party. "Appearing" being the operative word, except now the receiving party of a pollution credit must now pay more to a foreign entity what they used to pay less to do to a local entity.

10 posted on 05/13/2006 8:00:56 AM PDT by coconutt2000 (NO MORE PEACE FOR OIL!!! DOWN WITH TYRANTS, TERRORISTS, AND TIMIDCRATS!!!! (3-T's For World Peace))
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To: george76

Like Kyoto has any credibiity anymore.


11 posted on 05/13/2006 8:29:26 AM PDT by Maceman (Fake but accurate, and now double-sourced)
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To: george76; GMMAC; Pikamax; Former Proud Canadian; Great Dane; Alberta's Child; headsonpikes; Ryle; ..
Thanks for the ping, George.

Canada ping.

Please FReepmail me to get on or off this ping list.

12 posted on 05/13/2006 8:40:32 AM PDT by fanfan (FR is the best/biggest news gathering entity in the whole known history of the world. Thanks Jim.)
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To: george76
Unfortunately, while the government has changed, the sherpas remain.

And they were hired and promoted by a succession of Liberal governments.

13 posted on 05/13/2006 10:53:38 AM PDT by Clive
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To: george76
Canada would lose international credibility and the ability to influence future climate-change negotiations>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

Interpretation: Canada would miss the opportunity to have its industrial output controlled by an unenforcable treaty that would not apply to all nations equally.

14 posted on 05/13/2006 12:55:23 PM PDT by Candor7
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To: fanfan

When will the Kyoto supporters realise that success in reducing emissions will not happen until clean technologies are available.


15 posted on 05/13/2006 4:26:32 PM PDT by Fair Go
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"Canadian businesses would oppose withdrawing from Kyoto"

Pure unadulterated horeshit!!!!!!!!!
Who are these companies?
The new Conservative Gov't is under no obligation to perpetuate foolishness.....

16 posted on 05/13/2006 4:48:12 PM PDT by CaptainCanada ("Macht doch Eiern Dreck aleene!" (Take care of your own mess!).)
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