Canada: Climate Change Debacle

Canada is one of 192 countries in the Danish capital of Copenhagen trying to create a treaty to replace the Kyoto Protocol when it expires at the end of 2012.

Canada arrived with a pledge to cut emissions 20% below 2006 levels by 2020, a target similar to the American promise of cutting emissions 17% below 2005 levels by 2020. Canada’s reputation as one of polluters is also under the miscroscope.

The Conservative party plan is to harmonize Canada’s climate change policy with the U.S., regardless of what is agreed in Copenhagen. Critics say it means doing only half of what was promised when Canada ratified Kyoto, and would take eight years longer.


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