Canada: Prime Minister "Kyoto a Mistake"
Prime Minister Harper, pretty much stated what most dare not say at the Commonwealth Summit. Either everyone get on board or Kyoto will not work period. All of one, but not quite one for all.
Some third world countries may need financial support in order to get with the Kyoto program, a program most wealthy countries are unwilling to support.
KAMPALA, UGANDA -- Stephen Harper concluded a Commonwealth summit yesterday by bluntly describing the Kyoto accord as a mistake the world must not repeat.
The prime minister characterized the landmark climate change deal as a flawed document and served notice that Canada will not support any new international treaty that carries its fatal flaw.
Harper said the key error of Kyoto was slapping binding targets on three dozen countries but not the rest, including some of the world's biggest polluters like the United States, China and India.
"This was the Kyoto mistake," Harper told a news conference at the summit's conclusion.
"We already did the 'One-third of the countries will take binding targets and let's hope the rest fall into line.' "
"We're already there. That hasn't worked.
"If we get a third of the world to sign on first and wait for the other two-thirds, it's never going to happen."
The Kyoto treaty demands 6% emissions cuts below 1990 levels by 2012.