Thursday, June 01, 2006

Canada's Kyoto plan would have cost 80 billion dollars

Kyoto: That is 80 billion going to other countries who are not even close to meeting any requirements and the plan would still fail.

Burning Our Money to Warm the Planet — Canada’s Ineffective Efforts to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions Canada’s federal climate policy has done little to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, according to a C.D. Howe Institute Commentary released today. Continuing with the now-defunct policy would have cost at least $80 billion over the next 35 years — without reducing GHG emissions. The study, Burning Our Money to Warm the Planet — Canada’s Ineffective Efforts to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions, authored by a team led by Professor Mark Jaccard of Simon Fraser University, says Canada’s information-and-subsidy programs to encourage voluntary emissions reduction have failed. The previous government’s “Project Green” offered more of the same policy, under which Canadian emissions grew by 25 percent.
via Free Dominion Speaking of Kyoto, Canada is getting support for its refusal to play along with Kyoto backers from developing countries.
OTTAWA - Conclusions by a top-level gathering on Kyoto indicate Canada has much greater backing for its stand on the climate-change accord than reported, with wide support for Ottawa's refusal to set new emissions targets until current pollution-reduction efforts have been assessed. Ottawa won the unanimous support of developed countries at the conference in Bonn, Germany, for its reluctance to set new targets for the post-2012 period. It also received backing from several countries in arguing there should be no new commitments for countries like Canada until major polluters such as China and India sign up for their own targets. Rona Ambrose, the Environment Minister, said yesterday the international support is a sign Canada is playing a leadership role on Kyoto, rather than trying to sabotage it, as critics contend. Ms. Ambrose, who chaired the conference, said there was widespread support for a two-year assessment period. "The direction we gave the group facilitated the opportunity for us to stay at the table and for a lot of other people to stay at the table.... We recognized from a lot of the work I did behind the scenes leading up to Bonn that our international partners needed us to say that as well. That's why there was no dissension between all the developed countries." Environmental groups and the opposition parties have complained Canada isolated itself by acknowledging it cannot meet the targets agreed to by the previous Liberal government. The Liberals pledged to reduce emissions by 6% below 1990 levels by 2012, but were unable to meet the pledge -- instead, current emissions are 35% above that level. Nonetheless, critics called on Ms. Ambrose to step down from chairing a process in which, they said, she did not believe. Dale Marshall, a climate change policy analyst for the David Suzuki Foundation, said Canada is the only country that has said publicly it will not meet its Kyoto targets and is the only country to reject the system of emissions trading that allows countries to buy credits if they cannot cut their own pollution levels. "There is still momentum going forward, but unfortunately the pace of negotiations and the framework could have been much stronger if it hadn't been for countries like Canada, who were reluctant to take action," he said. However, a Canadian summary report on the conference suggests many developed countries will struggle to meet their emissions targets. It says 19 of the 36 countries that committed to reduce their emissions have not yet submitted reports showing demonstrable progress, indicating they are having difficulties meeting those requirements. Another Canadian stance -- that new commitments be delayed unless all major polluters, including developing countries such as China and India, also set targets -- received the backing of a number of other countries. "A problem that is global in cause and effect must be dealt with by all, not by some," said the Japanese submission to the conference.

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