One of Britians leading climate change experts has said:
A combination of global warming and the El Nino weather system is set to make 2007 the warmest year on record with far-reaching consequences for the planet.
The motion to re-affirm Canada’s commitment to the Kyoto passed the House of Commons but was voted down by Torries. Stephen Harper was not present whereas Ambrose and Baird voted against. Members of Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Conservative government followed party orders and voted unanimously against it, but 161 MPs voted in favour and 115 against the motion. As expected, the vote on supporting the ratification of the Kyoto Protocol on climate change easily passed in the House of Commons.
Canada not fulfilling the commitment:
Canada was one of the first countries to sign the Kyoto accord, on April 29, 1998, but did nothing while in power to combat greenhouse gas emissions. China has become a global environmental problem…The massive nation is already the world’s second-biggest producer of greenhouse gases after the United States.
Those who argue that it would destroy Canada’s economy to reduce our emissions should consider that we emit over 3x per capita what Switzerland does – with Switzerland being one of the world’s wealthiest countries.
Dion has been skeptical of Harper’s apparent shift towards making the environment a priority. He told the House:
Canadians are not fooled,they know that this prime minister has no commitment to fight climate change. His only motive is to prepare for an election.
Environment Minister John Baird says he’ll act to curb industrial pollution that contributes to climate change, but he won’t set a national target for cutting greenhouse emissions. He rejected the notion of green taxes to promote more careful use of energy by individuals and small businesses which account for the other half of Canada’s emissions.
Kyoto says absolutely nothing about the methods with which we reduce our emissions, except that it allows Canada to fund clean development outside of our country if we can’t meet our goals domestically.
Via: CBC News