host picture

  |
Bookmark and Share

Pulling out of Kyoto the right choice, says Terry Lake

terry lake.jpg
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.

Download Flash Player to view this content.

Comments on this story are moderated according to our Submission Guidelines. Comments are welcome while open. We reserve the right to close comments at any time.

Submission Policy

Note: The CBC does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. By submitting your comments, you acknowledge that CBC has the right to reproduce, broadcast and publicize those comments or any part thereof in any manner whatsoever. Please note that comments are moderated and published according to our submission guidelines.