Canada’s withdrawal from the Kyoto Protocol affects developing nations

By Alys Granados

Following negotiations at a United Nations climate change summit in Durban, South Africa, Canadian Environment Minister Peter Kent announced Canada’s withdrawal from the Kyoto Protocol, a 1997 United Nations treaty requiring member nations to stabilize their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions below 1990 levels. The goal was to curb the effects of climate change and while the Liberal government ratified the treaty in 2002, it was clear that GHG reduction targets would not be met by the original 2012 deadline. Canada is now among the few developed nations not signed on to Protocol.... Read more »

Big Oil and Canada thwarted U.S. carbon standards

Turns out Alberta's environment ministry has joined forces with U.S. corporations to keep feeding the Big Oil machine. Read this well-researched article by Geoff Dembicki on

Big Oil and Canada thwarted U.S. carbon standards

Emails show how a Washington lobbyist enlisted Canadian officials to beat back U.S. carbon standards.... Read more »

Who's behind the EthicalOil campaign?

At the recent Toronto Enviro Alliance comedy fundraiser, the annual EcoBunk Awards, I uncomfortably chuckled at the ludicrous Ethical Oil advertisements. Maybe you've seen them. It is an exceptionally well-funded ad campaign about why Canada NEEDS to keep producing Tar Sands oil for the world. In one they pose the elegantly flying maple leaf flag next to a woman in the process of being stoned.

Auditor General should consider true value of Ontario's Green Energy Act

Media Release, December, 2011

OTTAWA - The Ontario Auditor General should consider the multi-billion dollar cost overruns at the Pickering, Bruce and Darlington nuclear reactor stations before determining the true value of Ontario's Green Energy Act (GEA), says Sierra Club Canada.

“Cancelling the GEA would not only be an environmental disaster, it would lead to higher electricity bills and create more risk in the long-run,” said John Bennett, Executive Director of Sierra Club Canada.

Current renewable energy plans will undoubtedly have less of an impact on electricity bills than the continuing uncertainty of nuclear energy and natural gas prices. High electricity bills are inevitable over the short-term, but renewable energy will actually cost less over the next 15 years than continuing to depend on coal and nuclear energy.... Read more »

Climate groups to Canada: Commit to Kyoto or stay home

Environment Minister Peter Kent refuses to say whether Canada has decided in advance of new international talks on climate change to withdraw its commitment to the Kyoto protocol.

“I'm neither confirming nor denying,” Mr. Kent told a news conference in Ottawa on Monday morning after news reports said the Conservative government, which has never embraced the agreement that was signed by its Liberal predecessors, would officially back away from the deal that it has ratified.

The Kyoto protocol was adopted at an international conference in Japan in 1997 and came into effect in 2005. It expires in 2012 and subsequent climate-change conferences in Copenhagen and Cancun, Mexico have failed to arrive at an agreement to replace it. So representatives of 195 countries are meeting in Durban, South Africa, this week to try to hammer out a global deal to reduce carbon emissions.
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