The Guardian reports: Canada has pulled out of the Kyoto protocol on climate change, one day after an update was agreed on, saying the accord won't work.
The protocol, initially adopted in Kyoto, Japan, in 1997, is aimed at fighting global warming. Canada's previous Liberal government signed the accord but did little to implement it and current prime minister Stephen Harper's Conservative government never embraced it.
"The Kyoto protocol does not cover the world's largest two emitters, the United States and China, and therefore cannot work," Kent said. "It's now clear that Kyoto is not the path forward to a global solution to climate change. If anything it's an impediment."
Mike Hudema of Greenpeace Canada said in a statement it was a further signal that the Harper government is more concerned about protecting polluters than people.
Hannah McKinnon of Climate Action Network Canada said formally withdrawing was a slap in the face of the international community and "a total abdication of our responsibilities".
Canada's Conservative government is reluctant to hurt Canada's booming oil sands sector, the country's fastest growing source of greenhouse gases. Canada has the world's third-largest oil reserves, more than 170bn barrels. Daily production of 1.5m barrels from the oil sands is expected to increase to 3.7mn in 2025. Only Saudi Arabia and Venezuela have more reserves. But the enormous amount of energy and water needed in the extraction process increases greenhouse gas emissions.
11:38 minute clip- The Dirty Truth about Tar sands oil extracion
Wow, Canada's "conservative party" is really selling out.