Only days after the Durban climate conference forged a last minute compromise deal, Canada is to pull out of the Kyoto protocol which is the foundation agreement in the fight against global warming.
One reason for the move involves the penalties the country is due to pay for not meeting its emission targets. Other emitters escape similar fines as they have never signed the protocol.
Canada’s Environment Minister Peter Kent said the treaty was badly flawed. “Global emissions would still keep rising because Kyoto doesn’t cover all the major emitters like the US and China which is why again Kyoto doesn’t work. So as we have said Kyoto for Canada is in the past and as such we are invoking our legal right to formally withdraw.”
Canada’s withdrawal from Kyoto comes as no surprise. While it is a symbolic blow to the troubled global treaty, both Japan and Russia have their own reservations. However Ottawa says it will commit to negotiating a new deal to cut emissions of greenhouse gases in 2015 if it covers all nations.