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Kyoto: ‘A very real deal’

The Story

"Tonight, Canada is committed to a very real deal," says host Peter Mansbridge in this 1997 CBC-TV clip. At the Kyoto Conference in Japan, Canada is one of more than 150 nations to sign the historic Kyoto Protocol. The Canadian government pledges to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from 1990 levels by six per cent by the year 2012. It's an exciting prospect for environmentalists. But not everyone is thrilled with the deal. "The cost of Kyoto could be thousands of lost jobs," worries Opposition leader Preston Manning.

Medium: Television
Program: The National
Broadcast Date: Dec. 11, 1997
Guests: Bill Clinton, Gary Filmon, Herb Gray, Deborah Grey, Ralph Klein, Preston Manning, Jim Pantelidis, Brian Tobin
Host: Peter Mansbridge
Reporter: Saša Petricic
Duration: 3:40

Did You know?

• The premise of the Kyoto Protocol was that developed nations would decrease combined greenhouse gas emissions by 5.2 per cent by the year 2012. To achieve that 5.2 per cent total, some nations agreed to greater reductions than others. Canada and Japan agreed to a six per cent reduction, while the United States agreed to reduce emissions by seven per cent and the European Union by eight per cent.

• In 2001, U.S. President George W. Bush withdrew his country from the Kyoto agreement, saying its requirements were too damaging to the American economy.
• After the Conservative party won the 2006 Canadian election, Stephen Harper's new government appeared to abandon efforts to meet the Kyoto requirements, promising a "made-in-Canada" plan featuring a Clean Air Act instead.

• Detailed information on recent events since the 1997 Kyoto Conference can be found at:
Climate change: 4 countries that are fighting the trend
Kyoto climate change treaty sputters to a sorry end


Turning Up the Heat: Four Decades of Climate Change more