signed Kyoto in 1997, I recall Prime Minister Chrétien saying we could get
emission reduction credits for exporting our nuclear technology and clean
|I thought the
goal was tough, but that it might be reached if we went all out to put
alternate technology in place.
to establish Kyoto details continued, Canada’s advantages disappeared.
nuclear technology were asked by the United Nations to refrain from seeking
credits for nuclear energy exports to the developing countries.
|After the 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
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.
|Where do 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.