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KWITTING KYOTO

The Kyoto Protocol is a disaster in New Zealand, and now even those close to it in Canada are running away:

A team of officials responsible for a key part of the Kyoto implementation plan has been decimated by resignations, raising questions about whether insiders believe the plan can work ...

“The key people that we dealt with are almost all gone,” said John Bennett of the Sierra Club. “They had the expertise and the calculations and had negotiated with industry for a couple of years. They have to all be replaced.”

Natural Resources officials won’t speak on the record, but some privately mock Environment Canada’s Kyoto plan as little more than a fiction filled with soft numbers and wishful thinking.

You don’t say.

(Via Bill Schumm in historic Falmouth, Virginia)

Posted by Tim B. on 07/21/2005 at 06:28 AM
  1. ’... they’re dismayed at how the transition was handled, and at the loss of expertise and institutional memory’

    ‘Institutional memory.’
    And we wonder why ... we wonder why ...

    I don’t know. Someone else take over.

    Posted by ilibcc on 2005 07 21 at 07:51 AM • permalink

  2. The rats are jumping off of the ship.

    Posted by Mr. Bingley on 2005 07 21 at 08:01 AM • permalink

  3. Unfortunately these rats swim well, so which ship will they find and board to start the latest madness humanity seems destined to be infected with?

    Posted by Louis on 2005 07 21 at 08:04 AM • permalink

  4. new zealand and canada should shut up and pay up. they have had years of msm media credit for signing now its time to pay the invoice.

    Posted by Astonished on 2005 07 21 at 08:05 AM • permalink

  5. That’s OK.  When the glaciers return because of global warming  cooling whatever, Canada will be the first nation scrubbed clean of humanity, doncha know?

    Posted by The_Real_JeffS on 2005 07 21 at 08:05 AM • permalink

  6. Kyoto - a pretty scary but oft repeated scenario whereby the batty left come up with some yarn and the media buy into it boots and all.
    What is worse is that they persist with the charade until it is totally trashed by reality.
    MEMO TO NEWSPAPERS: try and employ journos with some ability to report the world in a sane and sensible manner.
    What? ... you need to sell papers, and ... Harry Potter seems to sell well?

    Posted by blogstrop on 2005 07 21 at 08:15 AM • permalink

  7. I have a solution that will benefit all of mankind:

    With New Zealand being convicted of massive emission levels, the fine they must pay should be diverted to save
    the Green Left Weekly!

    See? Who said market forces could do no good?

    JPB

    Posted by JPB on 2005 07 21 at 08:58 AM • permalink

  8. Is there a country anywhere that is more prone to meaningless, moralistic posturing than Canaduh?

    Rule of thumb: Any proposal eagerly supported by Canadians will be driven by their compulsive craving for international attention and a pathological need to prove they are in some way superior to Americans.

    Posted by Arty on 2005 07 21 at 09:05 AM • permalink

  9. Arty — They only did one episode of Dr. Tongue’s 3-D House of Stewardesses. They can never be forgiven for that…

    Posted by richard mcenroe on 2005 07 21 at 09:15 AM • permalink

  10. Damned dirty Canadians.

    Posted by Blue on 2005 07 21 at 09:19 AM • permalink

  11. Dr. Tongue’s 3-D House of Stewardesses

    Did you just make that up?

    Posted by Arty on 2005 07 21 at 09:22 AM • permalink

  12. Dr. Tongue…
    Any time you can work in some SCTV references it’s a good day.

    Posted by bc on 2005 07 21 at 09:43 AM • permalink

  13. Dr. Tongue’s 3-D House of Stewardesses

    Isn’t that scary, boys and girls?

    Posted by Mr. Bingley on 2005 07 21 at 10:10 AM • permalink

  14. “decimated by resignations”

    So resigning caused one in ten of them to be slain?

    Perhaps we can get the rest of them to resign and be rid of them forever.

    Posted by joe bagadonuts on 2005 07 21 at 10:12 AM • permalink

  15. Maybe we can get General Rick Hillier to speak firmly with Canadian environmental officials.  Can’t hurt!  At the very least, we don’t want New Foundland getting scrubbed clean.  Maybe he can get the glaciers to concentrate on Montreal.

    Posted by The_Real_JeffS on 2005 07 21 at 10:20 AM • permalink

  16. the loss of expertise and institutional memory’

    You know, if they stopped letting those people out of the insititutions in the first place, we wouldnt’t be having all this fuss…

    Posted by richard mcenroe on 2005 07 21 at 10:56 AM • permalink

  17. Excuse me while I heave a sigh of relief and go off to do a little American gloating.

    Posted by RebeccaH on 2005 07 21 at 11:01 AM • permalink

  18. Sod off, Kyoto!

    Posted by PW on 2005 07 21 at 12:23 PM • permalink

  19. Natural Resources officials won’t speak on the record, but some privately mock Environment Canada’s Kyoto plan as little more than a fiction filled with soft numbers and wishful thinking.

    As opposed to the public mocking delivered by the electoral-based community prior to the implementation of this risky scheme. Dinwiddies all. Sheesh.

    Posted by tongueboy on 2005 07 21 at 01:21 PM • permalink

  20. Canada (rather, Chreitien’s regime) hoped to get pollution credits from all of the natural gas that they sell to the U.S.  When this was nixed, it appeared that Kyoto was really going to cost Canada something, and the enthusiasm just petered out.

    I had also heard something about trees being factored into the equation, and how this didn’t pan out either, but don’t quote me on it.

    Posted by Half Canadian on 2005 07 21 at 02:49 PM • permalink

  21. D’ya really think they get it yet? Or are they still in that river in Egypt?

    Posted by cal on 2005 07 21 at 09:37 PM • permalink

  22. #9 -  Mr McEnroe.
    Now really, Richard; No Link! What were you thinking?
    No, don’t answer that.

    Posted by blogstrop on 2005 07 22 at 12:15 AM • permalink

  23. Two bucks says that when the madness of Kyoto finally sinks in to the mensas of the left, they’ll claim it was some crafty neocon plot to undermine the economies of ‘progressive’ socialist democrat nations…

    Posted by monkeyfan on 2005 07 22 at 12:42 AM • permalink

  24. In seni-related news, the SMH covers the rainbow warrior tour of Australia, designed to highlight the fact that Australia is the largest exporter of coal, and the green hypocracy of Premier Bob Carr. 
    Most interesting bit?
    That the journo covering the tour for the SMH, used to work for Greenpeace.
    Who would have thunk it?

    Posted by entropy on 2005 07 22 at 03:00 AM • permalink

  25. Anybody know a polite way to say ‘I told you so?’  “Now do you see why everybody with at least half a brain laughed this right out the door, you gullible sorry-ass fools” seems a bit ... insensitive.

    Posted by Achillea on 2005 07 22 at 01:33 PM • permalink

  26. Canada was looking at sending $10 billion Cdn (about $1.25 U.S.) to Russia for carbon credits to help meet Kyoto’s targets.  Canada also spent a mere $20 million advertising the World Famous ‘Rick Mercer’ “One Ton Challenge” to encourage ordinary Canadians reduce greenhouse gas emissions.  It looks like it might work.

    If Canada hands over 20% of it’s GDP to Russia each year, mothballs its’ coal and gas fired power plants, sends home 90% of its’ auto workers in Ontario, terminates Alberta’s million barrel a day oilsand projects and convinces a couple of dozen people in Montreal to take up the Rick Mercer challenge…Canada just might cut the 30% of emissions it needs to make the 1990 target.  The Canadian government will also be working hard to make collecting welfare seem much less shameful.

    Go get ‘em Captain Canuck!!!  And don’t worry the rest of the world will be happy to fill in for ya.

    Posted by Deepthnkr_ca on 2005 07 22 at 06:38 PM • permalink

  27. #26 Deep
    Whadaya say we invent a new board game called “Kyotopoly” where players can trade credits , do deals, and in the end everyone is broke?

    Posted by RicardoV on 2005 07 22 at 11:51 PM • permalink

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