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Pulling out of Kyoto the right choice, says Terry Lake

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B.C. Environment Minister Terry Lake meets with Dr. Subho Banerjee of Australia at the 2011 Climate Change Conference in Durban, South Africa. Australia just passed legislation to implement its own carbon tax. (Contributed by Terry Lake)
Canada is the first country to formally withdraw from the 1997 Kyoto Protocol -- the only binding climate-change treaty.

Environment Minister Peter Kent announced yesterday that Canada had no choice but to pull out.

Kent said staying on with Kyoto would cost Canadians $14 billion in penalties.

Green Party leader and Saanich Gulf Islands MP Elizabeth May slammed the decision.

"This is not just big, this is disasterours for Canada's reputation and for what this means for this country in the world and what it means for our kids' future," said May.

B.C.'s environment minister Terry Lake says he thinks getting out of Kyoto was the right decision, and explained why to Daybreak host Chris Walker.

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