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Canada's short-sighted move should be denounced, not followed

By Wang Lei (Xinhua)

20:06, December 14, 2011

BEIJING, Dec. 14 (Xinhua) -- The Canadian government's decision to pull out of the Kyoto Protocol, the only legally binding global agreement on fighting climate change, has sent shivers across the world.

The move came as a particularly bitter blow for global efforts to fight climate change, as negotiators from 195 countries had just ended two weeks of hard bargaining seeking to extend the Kyoto Protocol, of which the first commitment period will expire at the end of next year, and to build consensus for greater global action on climate change.

The Canadian government argues that its decision to withdraw from the protocol will save it an estimated 14 billion Canadian dollars (13.6 billion U.S. dollars) in penalties for failing to meet targets set by Kyoto.

However, at a time when united action is vital to achieving the targets in global efforts to save the only planet we have, Canada's decision is nothing but a short-sighted gambit.

The Canadian government is putting itself in an awkward position.

Canada, one of the few industrial countries that have successfully dodged the most devastating effects of the global financial crisis, has tried hard to sell a Canadian development model to the international community.

But as a country denouncing the ineffectiveness of a widely accepted global treaty and trying to shirk its international obligations, Canada has few selling points left to back up its so-called unique development model.

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Canada2 at 2011-12-1924.67.99.*
Sure we should be working towards cleaner more efficient methods here in Canada but from what I can see China is exempt from much of the Kyoto...Rather scathing article considering this fact.
PD User at 2011-12-18210.22.134.*
The Oil sands in Canada are partly being funded by China to support future China needs.China signed on to Kyoto. What does that mean? It means they do not have to change a thing for 8 more years and get money from the West to pay for changes. This is upsetting to Canadians. This is why Canada pulled out. They aren"t interested in being suckers. Read more to get a clearer picture of what is going on.
Canada at 2011-12-1570.36.49.*
Harper doesn"t believe in science or climate change. He"s an embarrassment to most Canadians. His goal is to gain influence in the world by becoming a military superpower, fronting for the Americans when needed.
wende at 2011-12-1471.251.41.*
Canada will not meet its target because of oil sands extraction. West only cares about its interests.

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