Canada signed Kyoto in 1997, I recall Prime Minister Chrétien saying we could
get emission reduction credits for
exporting our nuclear technology and clean natural gas.
the goal was tough, but that it might be reached if we went all out to put
alternate technology in place.
negotiations to establish Kyoto details continued, Canada’s advantages
with nuclear technology were asked by the United Nations to refrain from
seeking credits for nuclear energy exports
to the developing countries.
United States dropped out, Canada made a cogent plea for credits based on
hydro electricity and natural gas exports
to the United States. Again Canada was
snubbed – primarily by the European countries.
negotiate modest potential credits for minor forest activities.
negotiators were very pleased that they gained recognition for unlimited
demonstrable agricultural sinks. I believe
that was one breakthrough for science based policy. Otherwise, major science and technology based actions fell by the wayside.
Now we are
just four years away from the Kyoto implementation date. Our emissions are
away above 1990 levels. We can not meet the
commitment, short of economic collapse, as new technology can not be deployed by then.
we go from here? Hopefully, Kyoto will fade away. Then we can retrench and rethink our way forward should it turn out we need to manage atmospheric
greenhouse gases. We will step back now to consider
Earths carbon cycle.