CTV commenter, Jerry Vancouver
How many Canadians know that from the 36 Kyoto signatories 5 countries are not required to cut GHG by a single ounce and 8 countries have been allowed to increase them? And when the 11 Communist economies collapsed after 1990, including East Germany, their GHG dropped by 14% to 63%. So, when in 2002 8 of them signed 6% to 8% GHG reduction and Russia and Ukraine the 0% reduction they already had a huge carbon credits they have been selling with profits on the Europe offset market ever since. And the united Germany signed 21% Kyoto reduction when by 2001 its GHG already dropped 6.8% below the Kyoto target and the Brits signed 12.5 % Kyoto reduction when by 2001 their GHG already dropped 5.2% below target after their power stations were able switch to natural gas following the defeat of coal miners in 1985. That is 23 countries that achieved their Kyoto targets due to politics and without any special effort or cost. That leaves only 13 countries that were required to carry a full financial burden of the Kyoto deal. And, obviously, due to high immigration, resources and energy based economy, long traveling distances and cold climate, Canadians would be paying disproportionally high price for any attempt to comply with the Kyoto 6% GHG reduction.