September 29, 2002
The Lethbridge Herald
David Haitel (Premier right on with opposition to Kyoto accord, 02/09/25)
raises several points related to the Kyoto accord. In particular, he notes that,
"If greenhouse emissions are a problem, we should seek a Canadian solution and
not be bound by a harmful international agreement like Kyoto."
I'm baffled by recommendations that a "made in Alberta" or "made in Canada"
solution to greenhouse gas emissions is more appropriate than Kyoto. Greenhouse
gases do not respect geographical boundaries. They are quickly mixed throughout
the world's atmosphere by prevailing winds. Emissions from the developing
countries and the United States are will have far more effect on Canada's
climate than Canada's emissions.
If greenhouse gas emissions are a problem, the whole world must be involved in
the solution. In the short term it may be appropriate for Canada to "lead by
example" with a Canadian solution. In the long run the United States and the
developing countries must also be engaged. At this time the Kyoto Protocol is
the only plan under serious consideration that seeks to involve all countries in
reducing greenhouse gases. Those who profess to be concerned with the
possibility of climate change should not dismiss it lightly.