Skip to comments.Canada would lose credibility if it withdrew from Kyoto: briefing note ( PC Barf )
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.
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"Ryan Sparrow, a spokesman for Environment Minister Rona Ambrose, played down the significance of the briefing notes."
This note was likely written by a liberal Canadian Frenchman for the old French to read.
Notice the word "target". It's just a goal. There is no mandatory....and they can buy "emissions" from other less developed countries.
Canada would GAIN credibility if it withdrew from Kyoto.
Hopefully the Environment Minister Rona Ambrose and this new Canadian government will ignore this note !
"Losing credibility" is a weak argument for continuing a bad policy. Let's continue doing something stupid, and keep our "credibility".
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.
Like Kyoto has any credibiity anymore.
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And they were hired and promoted by a succession of Liberal governments.
Interpretation: Canada would miss the opportunity to have its industrial output controlled by an unenforcable treaty that would not apply to all nations equally.
When will the Kyoto supporters realise that success in reducing emissions will not happen until clean technologies are available.
Pure unadulterated horeshit!!!!!!!!!
Who are these companies?
The new Conservative Gov't is under no obligation to perpetuate foolishness.....