Watching Government: Canada and Kyoto

Canadian industry and provincial leaders want their federal government to reconsider the idea of slashing greenhouse gas emissions under the Kyoto Protocol on Climate Change.Oil-rich Alberta has been the most vocal, urging a complete rejection of the international accord. The province argues that the US decision not to ratify the treaty may cause "heavy implications" for Canada's competitiveness with its biggest trading partner (OGJ, Oct. 21, 2002, p. 24). Meanwhile, other provinces, including British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Nova Scotia, and most recently Ontario, are worried about meeting the targets. But for now Prime Minister Jean Chretien is steadfast in ratifying Kyoto by Decembe...

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