Canada's Kyoto debate to hit full throttle this year

A national debate on whether Canada should ratify the Kyoto Protocol on Climate Change will likely reach a clutch point later this year.Ottawa has agreed to requests from provincial and territorial leaders for a national conference on several issues, including Kyoto and climate change. A date is expected to be set for late this fall.Alberta, as Canada's principal energy and carbon dioxide-producing province, is leading a campaign to urge Prime Minister Jean Chretien's federal Liberal government to take a thorough look at the economic consequences of Kyoto before ratification.Early this month, at the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg, Chretien said that ratif...

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