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It’s Official: Harper Government Withdraws from Kyoto Climate Agreement

Dec 17, 2012
(Postmedia News)

Canada will officially become the first country to withdraw from the Kyoto Protocol climate change agreement Saturday, following years of criticism from the Harper government and lobbying from major industrial polluters.

The withdrawal, first announced by Environment Minister Peter Kent in 2011, coincides with new public opinion research by the Environics Institute that shows more than half of Canadians support British Columbia’s carbon tax and believe governments should show more leadership with regulations and standards to get consumers and industry to change their habits and slash heat-trapping pollution.