"It doesn't matter how beautiful your theory is, it doesn't matter how smart you are. If it doesn't agree with experiment, it's wrong." Richard P. Feynman

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Canada jumps ship!

Canada is officially withdrawing from the Kyoto protocol because unlike his Australian counterpart, Julia  Gillard,  Stephen Harper is concerned about damaging the Canadian economy and the booming oil-sands industry.

Canada has announced it is pulling out of the Kyoto Protocol on climate change.

Environment Minister Peter Kent said on Monday that Canada was invoking the legal right to withdraw from the pact.
Canada, joined by Japan and Russia, said last year it would not accept new Kyoto commitments, but renouncing the accord is another setback to the treaty concluded with much fanfare in 1997.
No nation has formally renounced the protocol.
The protocol, initially adopted in Kyoto, Japan, in 1997, is aimed at fighting global warming.
Canada's previous Liberal government signed the accord but Prime Minister Stephen Harper Conservative government never embraced it.
Mr Harper's government is reluctant to hurt Canada's booming oil sands sector.
The move comes after about 190 nations, including some the world's biggest greenhouse gas emitters such as the US and China, agreed on a deal in Durban to develop a global pact for reducing emissions by 2015.
The Kyoto Protocol, due to end in 2012, will be extended until a new agreement comes into force.