Canada is to withdraw from the Kyoto Protocol, making it one of 2 nations in the world (along with the US) to be formally outside it1.
The protocol “does not represent a way forward for Canada” – as it faces $NZ17.4 billion in fines because its Greenhouse Gas Emissions have risen by one third.
Their current government is blaming the previous administration for signing up. The real fault is that the current Canadian government has done absolutely nothing to fight Climate Change – it hasn’t taken its international responsibilities seriously.
We will all suffer in the brave new world we’re creating, and if everyone doesn’t pull their weight we all suffer more.
Our own government has not been too clean, green and clever in its approach either. Rather than taking and enhancing our environmental reputation – growing a green economy while they’re at it – they’ve been more about pushing out environmental standards, watering down the ETS and subsidising polluters.
With the likes of keeping agriculture2 out of the ETS and handing out carbon credits willy-nilly to keep our carbon price artificially and ridiculously low, we, the tax-payers, get to pick up the cost in large Kyoto fines.
In theory this government wants us to be fast followers (because that will help our 100% Pure image…) – but what if those fines get too big? We now have a precedent, and this government is all about short-term balancing the budget regardless of long-term cost (see: Asset Sales). They’re also about looking after the environment when the economy can afford it3.
As it’s doing little-to-nothing to stop those fines, will it suddenly decide to leave the Kyoto Protocol to avoid them like Canada?
And what would that do to 100% Pure Branding?
And for the world and its people?
1 Taiwan, Afghanistan, Palestine, Western Sahara, Andorra and The Vatican have yet to formally ratify it. Somalia has managed.
2 Agriculture makes up 49% of our emissions.
3 As I was told repeatedly by “blue-green” Maggie Barry in debates – forgetting entirely that there is no economy without an environment…