Part Two of The Current
The Cost of Climate Change - Peter Kent
The job of the federal Environment Minister may just be one of the toughest in Canada these days. Earlier this month, the Environment Commissioner was scathing about the ineffectiveness of Ottawa's climate programs and environmental monitoring.
And that came just after The National Roundtable on the Environment and the Economy, a federally appointed body, warned that without urgent action, climate change could soon cost Canada 10s of billions of dollars a year.
Meanwhile, the outcry is growing over government-endorsed pipelines that would connect the oil sands to the U.S. and Asian markets. A month from now, the world gathers in Durban, South Africa again to develop a successor to the Kyoto Protocol. And the pressure will be on Canada to commit to reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
All these condemnations and expectations end up on the desk of Peter Kent, Canada's Environment Minister. He joined us today from Ottawa.
Well, we've all heard the climate change horror stories. But anyone who's endured the worst moments of a Canadian winter has likely wondered -- even for just a moment -- if global warming is really all bad. The Harrington Brothers of Newfoundland have already made up their minds. We ended this segment with a little of their song: Global Warming.
Other segments from today's show: