Canada withdraws from Kyoto Protocol
If you follow the international climate talks that are held someplace in the world every year or two, then this won’t be news. It was expected, and so is not a surprise. But still, come on, Canada. This is what you are finally going to get stubborn and show back bone on? The whole world knows that you are burning fossil fuels faster than pretty much any one ever in human history. But do you have to be so obvious about it?
So Canada has pulled out of an international treaty that they had already agreed to. Tisk.Despite the limits of the Kyoto Protocol (such as, the US didn’t ratify it), there is worth in seeing one’s commitment to it held, rather than release the obligation. But the talks in Durban, South Africa have not been all failure and scandal, as many people tend to think these climate negotiations are when they do not see a binding global treaty at the end of the conference.
Baby steps are being made towards increasing involvement of the big polluters (i.e. China) that would clear the major hurdles keeping other nations (the U.S.) out of action. This is not preferable, of course, since the urgency of the problem is real, now. But an international agreement on polluting is no easy task.
Hopefully they get it right, and that pesky Canadian Government can be brought back into the fold.