OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canada will formally withdraw from the Kyoto protocol on climate change, Environment Minister Peter Kent said on Monday.Sun News Network is using the present tense, so hopefully, Canada's withdrawal from Kyoto is after all a "fait accompli". Well, I'm glad Canada is about to officially withdraw from this Orwellian war on hot air. It's about time we dump the faulty "protocol" that fights relatively harmless Carbon Dioxide, instead of addressing real air and water pollution, that excludes such key emitters as India and China and that practically penalizes Canada for its population growth.
"As we've said, Kyoto for Canada is in the past ... We are invoking our legal right to formally withdraw from Kyoto," he told reporters.
Let me reiterate - Kyoto targets for Canada are set as if its population was still 27 million; Canada gets no credit for resettling millions of immigrants from Kyoto-exempt nations, let alone for its natural population increase. Trying to achieve these targets will result in nothing but a sharp reduction in standards of living, not to mention the transfer of at least $14 billion from Canadian taxpayers to other countries. And for what?
The opposition is upset that our government "is abdicating its international responsibilities". What "international responsibilities"?! Our government government must be responsible first and foremost to its citizens. In fact, that's what it was originally called - responsible government. And it's about time our government starts to act as such. Sure, we may not yet see a full-scale return to the principles of a responsible national government, but this move shows one clear advantage of a Conservative government over that led by any other major party.
As for the "the science of climate change" - first of all, that "science" has to prove that there is actually a climate change, that the climate doesn't merely return to what it used to be before the "Little Ice Age". And then, the burden is on them to prove that this climate change is caused by human greenhouse gas emissions and not by solar activity. There are way too many scientists that challenge the theory of man-made global warming to consider the science settled.