To all those who criticize Canada’s decision to cease supporting the Kyoto accord, I say this: What if anything, do they expect our government to do in dealing with the position China, India and the U.S. have taken to not accept the terms of this agreement, and therefore continue to pollute in an unrestricted manner?
Why should Canada continue to play the role of example setter if, by doing so, other nations pollute the environment to the max with impunity and without concern?
Consider this: By Canada insisting that all nations must act as equal partners in the protection of the environment, real pressure is being applied to all, not just a few. Especially to the nations who were previously unwilling to sign on.
Since Canada has opted out of the Kyoto Protocol, China, the second-worst offender, is beginning to make noises about addressing the problem. So, too, is the U.S. These countries are suddenly willing to talk about this topic since Canada has opted out of the accord. This is proof that Canada’s position has had positive effects on the worst polluters.
The Canadian position on this subject is the correct one. I am not in the least ashamed about the decision our government has made in cancelling our commitments regarding the Kyoto Protocol.
The actions achieved thus far, due to this decision, will produce positive results in the long run and more expediently, than with that lopsided and unworkable agreement.