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Canada: Dion praised for extending Kyoto accord

Canada to spend $13M U.S. in 2006 on 'green' programs

Source:  Copyright 2005, Montreal Gazette
Date:  December 11, 2005
Byline:  Jeff Heinrich
Original URL: Status ONLINE

MONTREAL - Shouts of joy and sighs of relief marked the end of an all-night marathon of final negotiations yesterday for a new United Nations deal on cutting air pollution that warms the globe and worsens the climate.

But amid the jubilation at the UN-led conference of world environment ministers in Montreal, there was also a warning for the Canadian government in the throes of an election campaign.

Put your clean-air money where your mouth is, environmental groups said, and reverse Canada's trend to burn more oil, gasoline and coal, whose gases get trapped in the atmosphere and make the planet hotter.

With the world's biggest greenhouse gas polluter, the United States, out of the deal to reduce emissions, it's up to Canada to set an example for others, the groups said.

So far, it hasn't.

Under the Kyoto Protocol climate pact ratified in 1988 and begun this year, Canada promised to cut its ...

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