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Kent's clever Wording on Kyoto

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The anti-Kyoto campaign has been carefully crafted to gain public support for the federal government to do something no previous government has ever done - withdraw from an international treaty.

The arguments appear sufficiently plausible to justify the decision. On these pages, Environment Minister Peter Kent wrote: "Had Canada stayed in the Kyoto Protocol, we would have been required to buy $14-billion worth of compliance credits (which would do nothing to reduce emissions) ... to meet our target for the first commitment period under the Protocol, ending in December 2012."

Whatever your view of the climate change issue, I invite you to join me in deconstructing this sentence. It is a sleight of hand designed to create a false impression, like a clever magic trick. Did you read the statement above as claiming the Kyoto Protocol would require Canada to spend $14-billion if we stayed within the legal agreement?
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Harper government cutting vital Climate Science: Critics

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Environment Canada is planning to axe a monitoring network that is key to assessing Earth's protective ozone layer, according to a report in a leading science journal.


Environment Canada is planning to axe a monitoring network that is key to assessing Earth's protective ozone layer, according to a report in a leading science journal.

The British journal Nature says scientists and research institutes around the world have been informally told the Canadian network will be shut down as early as this winter putting an end to continuous ozone measurements that go back 45 years.

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