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Tuesday, January 17, 2006


Kyoto greenhouse gas wheeze

Hypocrisy? Bite your tongue! Only the morally superior sign Kyoto...

Rob Lyons in Spiked Online:

One of the many strange things about the Kyoto protocol is that its biggest defenders are also its biggest breachers...

Canadian prime minister Paul Martin said in his speech to open the talks at Montreal: 'The time is past to pretend that any nation can stand alone, isolated from the global community, for there is but one Earth and we share it, and there can be no hiding on any island, in any city, within any country, no matter how prosperous, from the consequences of inaction.'

Canada, bound by the treaty to achieve a six per cent decrease in greenhouse gas emissions by 2012, is currently producing 24 per cent more emissions than in 1990.

The treaty demands that global emissions of six greenhouse gases fall by 5.2 per cent compared with 1990 levels over the period from 2008-2012. Yet its biggest supporters are failing miserably in this effort. Emissions for the EU are supposed to fall by eight per cent but the 15 longest-standing members of the Union will manage cuts of only 2.5 per cent by 2012.

What is Canadian PM Paul Martin saying? That the only important thing to do is sign Kyoto... implementation is optional?

Lyons again: "The Kyoto process is not dead, but it may be in a permanent vegetative state."

Isn't that a perfect example of hypocrisy?


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